Roof Cleaning Pluckley Thorne offers a complete roof cleaning service for home and business properties in Pluckley Thorne and surrounding villages/towns in Kent. Having your roof cleaned is a relatively quick improvement to make to the appearance of your house, by getting rid of moss, dirt and more that has built up there.
As a roof ages and become more porous, many become invaded by moss, algae and dirt. Maintaining a roof that is clean and without moss may be very difficult for many homeowners and can become a continual cause for issues.
Would it not be wonderful to have your roof looking like brand new again?
Why should I have it cleaned?
Large amounts of accumulation of moss and algae on the tiles on your roof and other natural growth could well cause serious problems with the roof and the life expectancy of the tiles will in time be compromised too. If you neglect your roof, you’ll find these plants will swiftly spread out of control with their roots finding their way into weaknesses in the roof tiles, gradually widening them over the course of time until cracks become visible. Like all plants they need water to thrive, and once it has rained, they’ll behave like a sponge holding as much water as they can. As it finds its way through the cracks within your roof it could cause serious and costly deterioration to the rafters and joists. Also you could well discover moss that has dislodged and fallen down the roof ending up in your gutter which in time can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which damages and soaks into your fascia’s. Really then, arranging to have a roof cleaned is an important job for a number of reasons.
For a lot of people though wanting a clean roof is entirely an aesthetic decision and we can’t blame you for that! Roofs can become very unattractive because of organic growths like moss and lichen, and then a roof cleaning professional is necessary. Roofs are also frequently tarnished and stained by a frequent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the natural appearance of your otherwise stunning dwelling. By all means, this bacteria growth is completely natural but after all it isn’t attractive to look at and it can over time damage your roof. The difference between a clean roof and one that hasn’t been cleaned can be night and day. After years of observing your roof get progressively dirtier wouldn’t it be lovely to see it looking as good as new again?
Next you might ask, “Is this a easy DIY job that I should have a go at doing myself?” Let’s look at some evidence to propose what the best way to do this is.
Could I clean it alone?
The most common reason why a lot of people don’t clean their own roof is the fact that it usually means working at a height where a lot of us wouldn’t feel safe or comfortable. At these kinds of heights any sort of tumble can lead to a very serious wound.
Plus, a lot of people would think having your roof cleaned requires pressure washing however it doesn’t have to and here are some reasons why preferably a roof should not be pressure washed. Pressure washing may get rid of moss from your roof, but the high powered jets of water may dislodge the tiles or other roof fittings, risk flooding the loft space and it is highly likely that the moss will simply grow back!
High pressure washing additionally affects the lifespan of the tiles which could result in more issues further down the road with many tile manufacturing companies also cautioning people against this form of roof cleaning.
Jet washing your roof is the least popular option as this can often disturb or break fragile tiles due to the pressure of the power washer but may also damage your roof when walking on the tiles and disrupting the tiles.
Many rogue tradesmen who carry out this kind of work, claim that it is easy money and that it doesn’t require any skill. How wrong can they be A job such as this requires a level of experience and skill that we can provide. Using proper roof access equipment, the right tools and our skill and know-how we can provide for you a roof cleaning service that is worthwhile without you needing to put yourself at needless risk.
Which is the best way to clean my roof?
It is best to have your roof cleaning done by a specialised cleaning company. One of the gentlest yet most effective ways to clear away roof moss and clean your roof is by employing the scraping method. By using a 9″ scraper on a dry day will easily remove any moss on the roof leaving no scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.
Don’t forget – with this method there is no damage to the tiles and there is no flood risk, unlike other methods such as high-powered pressure washing.
One more effective method is the use of chemicals. Utilising a fungicide/moss killer once the moss has been gently removed will absorb into the tile but most importantly into the gaps in the tiles targeting any lichen, tiny moss spores and all other organic growth on the tiles. This step can take some time once the excess moss has initially been scraped away but again the tiles are unharmed and with the added application of bespoke chemicals this will prevent the moss from returning for several years making this method the most worthwhile.
What is the process?
We will inspect your roof attentively before commencing any work, to determine the best cleaning method to use depending on your roof. Then we will assess what’s growing there and the best approach to take to dislodge the growth. Next we can begin to work on cleansing the roof of organic colonising growths by getting deep into the moss root system and eliminating the spores. You’ll notice an immediate improvement and continued change over time.
Below are some of the areas we cover
We can cover the majority of Kent and all nearby areas including:
A few factors to think about.
We’ve already hinted at some other elements that can affect a roof cleaning job. So, let’s also consider the following.
- Size of dwelling and the size of the roof.
- The level of vegetation that is growing on the roof.
- The type of roof – for example with a thatched roof, no water is used.
- How accessible is the roof?
- How high is the roof?
Keeping everything we have just mentioned in mind, don’t risk serious damage to yourself or damage to your house by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Complete the quote form or ring us for your free quote, and leave it to the professionals.