Roof Cleaning Riverhead provides a roof cleaning service for private and business premises in Riverhead and surrounding towns and villages in Kent. Having your roof cleaned can be a simple way of improving the appearance of your property, by clearing dirt, moss, lichen and more that has built up up there.
As roofs age and become more porous, they are often affected by moss, algae and dirt. Keeping your roof clean and void of any moss is usually very difficult for the majority of homeowners and may become a major problems.
Wouldn’t it be nice to have your roof looking like new again?
Why have it cleaned?
Large amounts of build-up of dirt, moss on the tiles on your roof and other organic growth may cause serious issues with the roof and the durability of the tiles will over time be affected too. If you overlook your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will swiftly grow out of control with their roots working their way into vulnerable spots in the roof tiles, gradually widening them over time until cracks emerge. Like all plants they need water to survive, and when it rains, they’ll act like a sponge securing as much water as possible. As it works its way in the cracks into your roof it could cause serious and expensive damage to the rafters and joists. Finally you could well discover moss that has dislodged and rolled down the roof into your gutter which in time can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which saturates and damages your fascia boards. In truth, arranging to have your roof cleaned is a required service for a number of reasons.
For many though cleaning their roof is entirely an aesthetic choice and we don’t blame you for that! Roofs can become very unattractive because of organic growths like moss and lichen, and at that point a roof cleaning company is vital. Roofs are also frequently discoloured and stained by a frequent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the natural appearance of your otherwise beautiful home. By all means, this bacteria growth is completely natural but after all it isn’t nice to see 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 months and years of observing your roof get progressively dirtier wouldn’t it be great to see it looking as good as new again?
Next you might ask, “Is this a straightforward DIY job that I should try to do myself?” Let’s consider some evidence to suggest what the best possible solution is here.
Should I just do this myself?
The biggest reason why most people haven’t attempted to clean their own roof is since it involves working at a height where a lot of us wouldn’t feel comfortable or safe. At these kinds of heights any sort of tumble can result in a very serious wound.
Plus, lots of people would assume roof cleaning involves pressure washing but it doesn’t have to and let’s look at some reasons why in most circumstances a roof shouldn’t be pressure washed. Pressure washing may remove moss from the roof, but the aggressive 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!
High pressure washing also affects the longevity of the tiles which could mean more issues in the future with many tile manufacturing companies also cautioning people against this method of cleaning roofs.
Jet washing your roof is the least ideal option as this could dislodge or break frail tiles due to the pressure of the jet washer but could also harm your roof when walking on the tiles and disrupting the tiles.
Many dodgy companies who attempt this kind of work, claim it’s easy money or that it doesn’t require any skill. Is there any truth in that? A job like this requires a level of skill and care that we can assure. Using the appropriate roof access equipment, the best tools and our skill and know-how we can provide for you a roof cleaning service that pleases you without you needing to put yourself at needless risk.
What are the best ways to have my roof cleaned?
It is best to have your roof cleaned by a company that specialises in this area. One of the kindest yet most effective ways to remove moss on your roof and clean the roof is by using the scraping method. Using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will efficiently remove any moss on your roof and there won’t be any scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.
Don’t forget – with this approach there is no damage to the tiles and there is no flood risk, unlike other roof cleaning methods such as high-powered pressure washing.
One more effective method is that of using chemicals. Utilising a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been scraped off will permeate 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 roof cleaning process can take some time once the excess moss has initially been scraped away but again the tiles are unharmed and by adding an application of specific chemicals this will hinder the moss from growing back for many years making this the best method.
How is it done?
We will inspect your roof attentively 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 best way to clear out the growth. Next we can start to work on purging 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 over time.
Below are some of the local places we cover
We cover the majority of Kent as well as all surrounding places including:
Some things to think about.
We have already considered some other elements that can affect a roof cleaning service. So, consider just a few more.
- Size of dwelling and the area of the roof.
- How much vegetation is growing on the roof.
- Type of roof – for example in the case of a thatched roof, no water is involved.
- How accessible is the roof?
- How high is the roof?
Keeping everything we have just mentioned in mind, it is not worth risking serious damage to yourself or dis-repair to your dwelling by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Fill out the free quote form or give us a call for a quote, and leave it to the pros.