Roof Cleaning Royal Tunbridge Wells offers a roof cleaning service for private and commercial premises in Royal Tunbridge Wells and surrounding towns and villages in Kent. Getting your roof cleaned can be a relatively simple way of improving the appearance of your house, by clearing moss, dirt and more that has built up there.
As a roof becomes older and get more porous, they are gradually invaded by moss and debris. Keeping the roof clean and free of moss and dirt is usually challenging for many householders and becomes a constant source of issues.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have your roof look brand new again?
Why should I have it cleaned?
A really serious build-up of moss, dirt on your roof and other organic growth is likely to cause major problems with the roof and the life-span of the tiles will in time be compromised too. If you overlook your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will rapidly spread uncontrollably with their roots working their way into vulnerable spots in the tiles of the roof, progressively widening them over the course of time until cracks appear. Like all living organisms they need water to thrive, and when it rains, they’ll behave like a sponge securing as much water as they can. Once it finds its way in the cracks into your roof it may well cause serious and expensive destruction to the rafters and joists. Lastly you could well find moss that has come loose and rolled down the roof ending up in your gutter which can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which penetrates and damages your fascia’s. Really then, getting a roof cleaned is a necessary service for a number of reasons.
For many people though wanting a clean roof is entirely an aesthetic decision and we don’t blame you for that! Roofs can become very unsightly because of organic growths like lichen and moss, and this is when a roof cleaning professional is necessary. Roofs are also often discoloured and stained by an everyday bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the familiar appearance of your otherwise stunning home. Without a doubt, this bacteria growth is completely natural nonetheless it isn’t nice 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 months and years of seeing your roof get dirtier and dirtier wouldn’t it be lovely to see it looking as good as new once more?
The next question is, “Is this a straightforward DIY job that I should attempt to do myself?” Let’s look at some evidence to recommend what the best possible solution is here.
Could I just clean it myself?
The biggest reason why a lot of people don’t want to risk cleaning their own roof is since it usually means working at a height where most of us wouldn’t feel safe or comfortable. At these heights any type of fall can result in a very serious injury.
Additionally, a lot of people would expect having your roof cleaned requires pressure washing however it doesn’t need to and here are some reasons why ideally a roof shouldn’t be pressure washed. Jet washing may clear away moss from your roof, but the intense jets of water may disturb the tiles or other roof fittings, risk flooding a loft and it is highly likely that the moss will quickly grow back!
Jet washing additionally affects the lifespan of the tiles which could mean more problems further down the road with many tile manufacturing businesses also cautioning people against this form of roof cleaning.
Power washing a roof is the least ideal option as this in many instances can disturb or break frail tiles from the pressure of the jet washer but can also harm your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many cow-boy tradesmen who do this kind of work, think that it is easy money or that it does not take much skill. Is there any truth in that? A service such as this requires a degree of skill and care that we can provide. Using proper roof access equipment, the correct tools and our experience and know-how we can deliver a roof cleaning service that is worthwhile without you having to put yourself in unnecessary danger.
What is the best way to clean my roof?
It is best to have your roof cleaned by a company that specialises in this area. One of the most gentle yet most beneficial ways to clear away moss on your roof and clean your roof is by employing 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 .
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 high-powered pressure washing.
Another effective method is the use of chemicals. Applying a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been scraped off will permeate into the tile but 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 removed but again there is no damage to the surface of the tile and by adding an application of roof cleaning chemicals this will hinder the moss from growing back for many years making this method the most worthwhile.
What is the process?
We will investigate your roof carefully 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 remove the growth. Then we can start to work on cleansing the roof of organic colonising growths by getting deep into the root system of the moss and eliminating the spores. You’ll notice an improvement straight away and continued change as time passes.
Here are some of the places we cover
We cover the majority of Kent including all nearby places including:
A few things to think about.
We’ve already considered some other things to consider that can affect a roof cleaning service. So, let’s also consider the following.
- Size of dwelling and the area of the roof.
- How much vegetation is currently on the roof.
- Type of roof – e.g. in the case of a thatched roof, no water is involved.
- Accessibility of the roof.
- Height of the roof.
Keeping the aforementioned points in mind, don’t risk serious insult to yourself or dis-repair to your dwelling by attempting a DIY roof clean. Fill in the quote form or ring us for a free quote, and leave it to us.