Roof Cleaning Ringwould provides a professional roof cleaning service for private and business premises in Ringwould and surrounding towns and villages in Kent. Roof cleaning is a relatively quick way to improve the appearance of your property, by getting rid of moss, lichen, dirt and anything else that has built up there.
As a roof ages and get more porous, many become invaded by moss, algae and dirt. Keeping the roof clean and free of moss and debris is often quite difficult for most owners and becomes a constant issues.
Would it not be wonderful to have your roof look new again?
Why should I have it cleaned?
A really serious build-up of dirt, moss on roof tiles and other organic growth is likely to cause you serious problems with the roof and the life-span of the tiles will over time be affected too. If you overlook your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will rapidly spread uncontrollably with their roots finding their way into vulnerable spots in the tiles of the roof, progressively widening them over time until cracks emerge. Like all living organisms they need water to thrive, and after it rains, they’ll behave like a sponge retaining as much water as they can. As it finds its way in the cracks into your roof it might well cause serious and costly deterioration to the rafters and joists. Finally you could well discover 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 boards. In conclusion, arranging to have a roof cleaned is a necessary service for a few reasons.
For many though getting their roof cleaned is entirely an aesthetic decision and we don’t blame you for that! Roofs can become very unattractive due to organic growths like moss and lichen, and at that point a roof cleaning company is vital. Roofs are also often tarnished and stained by a frequent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the familiar appearance of your otherwise stunning home. By all means, this bacteria growth is completely natural however it isn’t pleasant to look at and gradually it can damage your roof. The difference between a clean roof and one that needs cleaning can be night and day. After years of observing your roof get dirtier and dirtier wouldn’t it be great to see it looking almost as good as new like it used to?
Maybe you’re wondering, “Is this a straightforward DIY job that I should try to do myself?” Let’s consider some evidence to recommend what the best way to do this is.
Should I clean it alone?
The biggest reason why a lot of people haven’t attempted to clean their own roof is because it usually means working at a height where many of us wouldn’t feel comfortable or safe. At these heights any sort of fall can result in a very serious injury.
Additionally, many would expect having your roof cleaned involves pressure washing but it doesn’t need to and let’s look at some reasons why ideally a roof shouldn’t be pressure washed. High pressure cleaning may remove moss from your roof, but the intense jets of water may dislodge the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding any loft spaces and there is a good chance that the moss will simply grow back!
Power washing also affects the longevity of the tiles which could result in more problems further down the road with most tile manufacturing businesses also cautioning people against this method of roof cleaning.
Jet washing your roof is the least popular option as this in many instances can disrupt or break weak tiles due to the pressure of the power washer but may also harm your roof when walking on the tiles and disrupting the tiles.
Many cow-boy companies who do this kind of work, claim it is easy money or that it doesn’t need a lot of skill. How true is that? A service such as this requires a level of experience and skill that we can provide. Using the correct roof access equipment, the right tools and our skill and understanding we can deliver a roof cleaning service that is worthwhile without you having to put yourself at needless risk.
Which are the best ways to clean my roof?
It is recommended that you have your roof cleaning done by a specialised cleaning company. One of the kindest yet most beneficial ways to clear away roof moss and clean the roof is by using the scraping method. Using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will easily flake off any moss on the roof leaving no scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.
Remember – with this approach there is no damage to the tiles and there is no risk of flooding, unlike other roof cleaning methods such as pressure washing.
One more effective method is to use chemicals. Applying a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been gently removed will permeate into the tile but most importantly into the overlaps of the tiles destroying 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 scraped away but again there is no damage to the surface of the tile and with the added application of specific chemicals this will impede the moss from returning for many years making this the most worthwhile method.
What is the process?
We will supervise the roof carefully before starting any work, to establish the best course of action depending on your roof. Then we will look at what’s growing there and the how best to remove the growth. Then we can start to work on cleansing your roof of organic colonising growths by getting right into the root system of the moss and killing the spores. You’ll notice an immediate improvement and continued change as time progresses.
Below are a few of the towns and villages we cover
We cover the majority of Kent and all local areas including:
Some factors to think about.
We have already looked at some other things to consider that can affect having your roof cleaned. Now, look at the following.
- Size of dwelling and the area 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 all of the above in mind, it is not worth risking serious injury to you or dis-repair to your home by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Fill out the quote form or ring us for your free quote, and leave it to the pros.