Roof Cleaning Pluckley provides a professional roof cleaning service for private and commercial premises in Pluckley and surrounding villages/towns in Kent. Getting your roof cleaned can be a quick and easy way of improving the look of your property, by clearing moss and anything else that has grown up there.
As roofs age and become more porous, they are often invaded by algae, moss and dirt. Keeping your roof clean and without moss and algae may be very difficult for many householders and becomes a major cause for annoyance.
Wouldn’t it be great to have your roof look new again?
Why do it?
A large build-up of dirt, moss on your roof and other organic growth is likely to cause big problems with your roof and the life expectancy of the tiles will in time be affected too. If you overlook your roof, you’ll find these plants will swiftly spread out of control with their roots creeping their way into weaknesses in the tiles of the roof, progressively widening them over the course of time until cracks become visible. Like all plants they need water to survive, and once it has rained, they’ll act like a sponge holding as much water as possible. As it finds its way through the cracks within your roof it may well cause serious and costly damage to the rafters and joists. Finally you could well discover moss that has come loose and fallen down the roof finding itself in your gutter which can result in overflowing rainwater from your gutter which damages and soaks into your fascia boards. Really then, arranging to have the roof cleaned is an important job for many reasons.
For many people though getting their roof cleaned is purely an aesthetic decision and we don’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very unattractive due to organic growths like moss and lichen, and at that point a roof cleaning service is necessary. Roofs are also periodically discoloured and stained by a common place bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the familiar appearance of your otherwise charming dwelling. Of course, this bacteria growth is completely normal but after all it isn’t attractive to look at and after a while it can damage your roof. The difference between a clean roof and one that needs a clean can be night and day. After months and years of seeing your roof get dirtier and dirtier wouldn’t it be brilliant to see it looking like brand new once more?
Maybe you’re wondering, “Is this a simple DIY job that I should attempt to do myself?” Let’s consider some evidence to recommend what the best way to do this is.
Couldn’t I do this myself?
The biggest reason why a lot of people don’t clean their own roof is because it requires working at a height where most of us wouldn’t feel safe or comfortable. At these heights any kind of fall can result in a very serious injury.
Additionally, many would think roof cleaning requires pressure washing but it doesn’t need to and here are some reasons why preferably a roof shouldn’t be pressure washed. Jet washing may get rid of moss from your roof, but the high powered jets of water may disturb the tiles or other roof fittings, risk flooding any loft spaces and it is highly likely that the moss will simply grow back!
Jet washing additionally affects the lifespan of the tiles which could result in more issues in the future with most tile manufacturing businesses also cautioning people against this method of roof cleaning.
Jet washing your roof is the least ideal option as this could dislodge or break delicate tiles from the pressure of the jet washer but can also damage your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many rogue tradesmen who attempt this kind of work, reckon that it is easy money and that it does not require much skill. Is there any truth in that? A job such as this requires a level of skill and attention that we can provide. Using the correct roof access equipment, the best tools and our experience and know-how we can provide for you a roof cleaning service that pleases you without you having to put yourself at unwanted risk.
What is the best way to clean my roof?
It is recommended that you have your roof cleaned by a company that specialises in this area. One of the gentlest yet most effective ways to get rid of roof moss and clean your roof is by employing the scraping approach. Using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will efficiently flake off any moss on the roof leaving no scratch marks on the tiles .
Don’t forget – using this approach the tiles are not damaged and there is no flood risk, unlike other manners of roof cleaning such as pressure washing.
Another effective method is the use of chemicals. Utilising a fungicide/moss killer once the moss has been gently removed will permeate into the tile but most importantly into the overlaps of the tiles killing off any lichen, tiny moss spores and all other organic growth on the tiles. This procedure can take some time after the excess moss has initially been scraped away but again the tiles are unharmed and with the added application of roof cleaning chemicals this will impede the moss from returning for many years making this method the most worthwhile.
How is it done?
We will investigate the roof with care and attention before commencing any work, to determine the best course of action depending on your roof. Then we will look at what’s growing there and the best way to dislodge the growth. Next we can begin to work on eradicating the roof of organic colonising growths by getting deep into the root system of the moss and killing the spores. You’ll notice an improvement straight away and continued change over time.
Here are a few of the areas we cover
We cover most of Kent as well as all nearby places including:
Some things to think about.
We have already considered some other elements that can affect a roof cleaning job. So, let’s also consider the following.
- Size of house and the size of the roof.
- How much vegetation is growing on the roof.
- Type of roof – for example with a thatched roof, no water is used.
- Accessibility of the roof.
- How high is the roof?
Keeping everything we have just mentioned in mind, don’t risk serious damage to you or dis-repair to your dwelling by attempting a DIY roof clean. Fill out the free quote form or give us a call for a quote, and leave it to us.