Roof Cleaning Queenborough offers a professional roof cleaning service for residential and commercial premises in Queenborough and surrounding towns and villages in Kent. Roof cleaning can be a relatively simple way to improve the look of your house, by clearing moss, lichen, dirt and anything else that has accumulated on your roof.
As roofs become older and become more porous, many become invaded by algae, moss and dirt. Maintaining a roof that is clean and free of moss is usually very difficult for the majority of homeowners and becomes a cause for annoyance.
Wouldn’t it be great to have your roof looking like brand new again?
Why have it cleaned?
A large accumulation of dirt, moss on roof tiles and other organic growth may cause serious issues with your roof and the durability of the tiles will eventually be compromised too. If you overlook your roof, you’ll find these plants will rapidly grow out of control with their roots finding their way into vulnerable spots in the roof tiles, gradually widening them throughout time until cracks become visible. Like all plants they need water to survive, and after it rains, they’ll work like a sponge securing as much water as they can. As it finds its way in the cracks within your roof it may well cause serious and costly deterioration to the rafters and joists. Also you could well find moss that has dislodged and rolled down the roof into your gutter which can result in overflowing rainwater from your gutter which penetrates and damages your fascia’s. In truth, getting a roof cleaned is an important service for many reasons.
For many people though cleaning their roof is entirely an aesthetic choice and we don’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very unsightly because of organic growths like moss and lichen, and this is when a roof cleaning company is necessary. Roofs are also periodically discoloured and stained by a frequent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the familiar appearance of your otherwise stunning dwelling. By all means, this bacteria growth is not unusual nonetheless it isn’t attractive to look at and gradually it can damage your roof. Comparing a clean roof and one that needs a clean can be night and day. After years of watching your roof get progressively dirtier wouldn’t it be brilliant to see it looking as good as new again?
Maybe you’re wondering, “Is this a simple DIY job that I should have a go at doing myself?” Let’s consider some evidence to suggest what the best way to do this is.
Couldn’t I clean it myself?
The biggest reason why a lot of people don’t want to risk cleaning their own roof is since it requires working at a height where many of us wouldn’t feel safe and secure. At these kinds of heights any type of slip can result in a very serious injury.
Also, many would think having your roof cleaned involves 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 remove moss from your roof, but the aggressive jets of water may dislodge the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding a loft and it’s more than likely that the moss will just grow back!
Power washing additionally affects the longevity of the tiles which could mean more trouble further down the road with the majority of tile manufacturing companies also warning people against this manner of roof cleaning.
Pressure washing your roof is the least ideal option as this in many instances can disrupt or break weak tiles from the pressure of the power washer but can also harm your roof when walking on the tiles and disrupting the tiles.
Many cow-boy tradesmen who do this kind of work, reckon it’s easy money and that it doesn’t require a lot of skill. How true is that? A service like this requires a level of skill and attention 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 you are happy with without you having to put yourself at needless risk.
Which is the best way to have my roof cleaned?
It is recommended that you have your roof cleaning done by a company that specialises in this area. One of the gentlest yet most effective ways to remove roof moss and clean your roof is by using the scraping approach. Using a 9″ scraper on a dry day will effortlessly remove any moss on the roof leaving no scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.
Don’t forget – with this method 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 to use chemicals. Using a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been scraped off will soak into the tile and most importantly into the gaps in the tiles targeting any lichen, tiny moss spores and any other organic growth on the tiles. This step can take some time once the excess moss has initially been dislodged but again the tiles are unharmed and with the added application of specific chemicals this will hinder the moss from growing back for many years making this method the most worthwhile.
How is it done?
We will supervise your roof attentively before beginning any work, to identify the best course of action depending on your roof. Then we will consider what’s growing there and the best approach to take to clear out the growth. We can then begin to work on eradicating your roof of organic colonising growths by getting deep into the root system of the moss and killing the spores. You’ll notice an immediate improvement and continued change as time passes.
Here are some of the places we cover
We can cover most of Kent including all local areas including:
Some factors to consider.
We’ve already looked at some other factors that can affect a roof cleaning service. Now, consider just a few more.
- Size of dwelling and the area of its roof.
- How much vegetation is currently on the roof.
- Type of roof – e.g. with a thatched roof, no water is used.
- How accessible is the roof?
- Height of the roof.
Keeping all of the above in mind, it is not worth risking serious insult to yourself or damage to your dwelling by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Fill out the free quote form or call us for your quote, and leave it to the professionals.