Roof Cleaning River provides a full roof cleaning service for private and business premises in River and surrounding villages/towns in Kent. Roof cleaning is a simple improvement to make to the look of your house, by removing dirt, moss, lichen and more that has built up up there.
As a roof ages and get more porous, they are gradually affected by algae, moss and dirt. Keeping the roof clean and without moss is usually quite difficult for the majority of householders and becomes a problems.
Would it not be great to have your roof looking like brand new again?
Why do it?
A large build-up of moss, dirt on your roof and other organic growth is likely to cause major issues with the roof and the durability of the tiles will over time be compromised too. If you overlook your roof, you’ll find these plants will swiftly spread out of control with their roots finding their way into vulnerable spots in the roof tiles, progressively widening them throughout time until cracks emerge. Like all living organisms they need water to survive, and when it rains, they’ll work like a sponge retaining as much water as possible. As it finds its way in the cracks within your roof it might well cause serious and expensive deterioration to the rafters and joists. Finally you could well discover moss that has come loose and rolled down the roof into your gutter which can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which damages and soaks into your fascia boards. Really then, getting your roof cleaned is a necessary job for a number of reasons.
For many though cleaning their roof is simply an aesthetic choice and we can’t blame you for that! Roofs can become very dull due to organic growths like moss and lichen, and then a roof cleaning service is necessary. Roofs are also frequently discoloured and stained by an everyday bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the familiar appearance of your otherwise beautiful house. Without a doubt, this bacteria growth is completely natural but after all it isn’t attractive to look at and gradually it can 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 like brand new again?
Maybe you’re wondering, “Is this a straightforward DIY job that I should attempt to do myself?” Let’s consider some evidence to suggest what the best way to do this is.
Couldn’t I do this alone?
The most common reason why a lot of people haven’t attempted to clean their own roof is the fact that it requires working at a height where most of us wouldn’t feel safe or comfortable. At these kinds of heights any kind of tumble can result in a very serious wound.
Also, many would expect getting your roof cleaned involves pressure washing but it doesn’t need to and let’s look at some reasons why in most circumstances a roof should not be pressure washed. Pressure washing may get rid of moss from your roof, but the aggressive jets of water may damage the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding a loft and there is a good chance that the moss will simply grow back!
Power washing additionally affects the longevity of the tiles which could result in more trouble further down the road with most tile manufacturing companies also advising against this method of roof cleaning.
Jet washing your roof is the least ideal option as this could disrupt or break frail tiles due to the pressure of the power washer but may also harm your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many cow-boy tradespeople who do this kind of work, reckon it’s easy money and that it doesn’t take any skill. How wrong can they be A job like this requires a degree of skill and attention that we can deliver. Using the appropriate roof access equipment, the best tools and our skill and understanding we can provide for you a roof cleaning service that is worthwhile without you needing 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 gentlest yet most beneficial ways to clear away roof moss and clean the roof is by using the scraping approach. Using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will effortlessly remove any moss on your roof and there won’t be any scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.
Don’t forget – using this approach there is no damage to the tiles and there is no risk of flooding, unlike other manners of roof cleaning such as jet washing.
Another effective method is the use of chemicals. Utilising 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 killing off any lichen, tiny moss spores and all other organic growth on the tiles. This procedure can take some time once the excess moss has initially been removed but again there is no damage to the surface of the tile and with the added application of bespoke chemicals this will stop the moss from returning for several years making this the best method.
What is the process?
We will supervise the roof attentively before starting any work, to determine the best approach to take depending on your roof. Then we will assess what’s growing there and the best approach to take to remove the growth. Then we can start to work on cleansing your roof of organic colonising growths by getting deep into the moss root system and killing the spores. You’ll notice an instant improvement and continued improvement as time progresses.
Here are some of the towns and villages we cover
We cover the majority of Kent including all local places including:
A few things to think about.
We have already hinted at some other things to consider that can affect a roof cleaning service. So, let’s also consider the following.
- Size of house and the size of its roof.
- The level of vegetation that is growing on the roof.
- Type of roof – for example with a thatched roof, no water is used.
- How accessible is the roof?
- How high is the roof?
Keeping the aforementioned points in mind, don’t risk serious damage 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 your quote, and leave it to us.