Roof Cleaning Plaxtol offer a full roof cleaning service for residential and commercial properties in Plaxtol and surrounding towns and villages in Kent. Getting your roof cleaned can be a quick improvement to make to the look of your house, by getting rid of moss, lichen, dirt and more that has grown there.
As roofs age and get more porous, many become invaded by moss, algae and dirt. Keeping the roof clean and void of any moss and algae is often challenging for most owners and can become a major source of issues.
Would it not be wonderful to have your roof look brand new again?
Why should I do it?
Large amounts of accumulation of moss, dirt on your roof and other natural growth is likely to cause you big problems with your roof and the life-span of the tiles will eventually be affected too. If you ignore your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will quickly grow out of control with their roots creeping their way into weak spots in the tiles of the roof, progressively widening them over time until cracks become visible. Like all living organisms they need water to survive, and once it has rained, they’ll behave like a sponge retaining as much water as they possibly can. As it works its way through the cracks into your roof it might well cause serious and costly damage to the rafters and joists. Also you could well find moss that has dislodged and rolled down the roof finding itself in your gutter which can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which saturates and damages your fascia’s. In truth, having a roof cleaned is an important service for many reasons.
For a lot of people though cleaning their roof is purely an aesthetic preference and we don’t blame you for that! Roofs can become very unsightly because of organic growths like lichen and moss, and this is when a roof cleaning company is necessary. Roofs are also frequently tarnished and stained by an everyday bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the natural appearance of your otherwise charming house. Without a doubt, this bacteria growth is completely normal nonetheless it isn’t attractive to look at and it can over time damage your roof. Comparing a clean roof and one that hasn’t been cleaned can be night and day. After years of seeing your roof get more and more dirty wouldn’t it be lovely to see it looking almost as good as new again?
Next you might ask, “Is this a simple DIY job that I should try to do myself?” Let’s look at some evidence to recommend what the best possible solution is here.
Should I just do this myself?
The most common reason why a lot of people haven’t attempted to clean their own roof is since it usually means working at a height where many of us wouldn’t feel safe or comfortable. At these heights any type of tumble can lead to a very serious injury.
Additionally, lots of people would think having your roof cleaned requires pressure washing however it doesn’t need to and let’s look at some reasons why preferably a roof should not be pressure washed. High pressure cleaning may get rid of moss from your roof, but the high powered jets of water may disturb the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding any loft spaces and it is highly likely that the moss will just grow back!
High pressure washing additionally affects the longevity of the tiles which could result in more issues further down the road with many tile manufacturing businesses also advising against this method of roof cleaning.
Pressure washing a roof is the least popular option as this can often disturb or break delicate tiles due to the pressure of the jet washer but can also damage your roof when walking on the tiles and disrupting the tiles.
Many dodgy tradesmen who carry out this kind of work, reckon it is easy money or that it doesn’t need a lot of skill. Is there any truth in that? A job like this requires a level of skill and attention that we can assure. Using the appropriate roof access equipment, the best tools and our skill and know-how we can provide for you a roof cleaning service that pleases you without you needing to put yourself at unwanted risk.
Which are the best ways to have my roof cleaned?
It is best to have your roof cleaned by a company that specialises in this area. One of the kindest yet most effective ways to remove moss on your roof and clean the roof is by employing the scraping method. By using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will effortlessly remove any moss on the roof and there won’t be any scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.
Remember – with this approach the tiles are not damaged and there is no flood risk, unlike other manners of roof cleaning such as jet washing.
One more effective method is the use of chemicals. Applying a fungicide/moss killer once the moss has been scraped off will permeate into the tile but most importantly into the overlaps of the tiles targeting any lichen, tiny moss spores and any other organic growth on the tiles. This roof cleaning process can take some time after the excess moss has initially been dislodged but again the tiles remain intact and with the added application of roof cleaning chemicals this will stop the moss from returning for several years making this method the most worthwhile.
What is the process?
We will investigate your roof with care and attention before commencing any work, to identify the best course of action depending on your roof. Then we will look at what’s growing there and the best approach to take to clear out the growth. We can then begin to work on cleansing your roof of organic colonising growths by getting right into the moss root system and destroying the spores. You’ll notice an immediate improvement and continued improvement over time.
Here are some of the local places we cover
We can cover the majority of Kent as well as all nearby areas including:
Some things to think about.
We have already hinted at some other elements that can affect a roof cleaning job. So, let’s have a quick look at these.
- Size of house and the size of its roof.
- The level of vegetation that is present on the roof.
- Type of roof – e.g. with a thatched roof, no water is involved.
- Accessibility of the roof.
- Height of the roof.
Keeping all of the above in mind, don’t risk serious injury to you or damage to your home by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Fill out the free quote form or call us for a quote, and leave it to us.