Roof Cleaning Rusthall provides a complete roof cleaning service for private and commercial properties in Rusthall and surrounding areas in Kent. Having your roof cleaned can be a simple improvement to make to the look of your home, by clearing moss, lichen, dirt and anything else that has accumulated up there.
As a roof ages and become more porous, they are gradually invaded by moss and debris. Keeping your roof clean and void of any moss and debris may be quite difficult for most owners and becomes a major source of issues.
Wouldn’t it be great to have your roof looking like new again?
Why should I have it cleaned?
A really serious accumulation of dirt, moss on your roof and other natural growth could well cause major problems with the roof and the durability of the tiles will in time be affected too. If you overlook your roof, you’ll find these plants will rapidly grow uncontrollably with their roots finding their way into weak spots in the roof tiles, steadily widening them over time until cracks become visible. Like all living organisms they need water to survive, and after it rains, they’ll behave like a sponge retaining as much water as they can. Once it finds its way in the cracks into your roof it may well cause serious and costly damage to the rafters and joists. Also you could well become aware of moss that has dislodged and rolled down the roof finding itself in your gutter which can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which damages and soaks into your fascia’s. In truth, arranging to have your roof cleaned is an important job for a few reasons.
For a lot of people though cleaning their roof 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 this is when a roof cleaning professional is necessary. Roofs are also often tarnished and stained by a frequent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the general appearance of your otherwise charming home. By all means, this bacteria growth is completely normal nonetheless it isn’t nice 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 months and years of seeing your roof get more and more dirty wouldn’t it be brilliant to see it looking almost as good as new like it used to?
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 propose what the best way to do this is.
Can I do this myself?
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 comfortable or safe. At these kinds of heights any sort of slip can result in a very serious wound.
Also, a lot of people would expect roof cleaning involves pressure washing however it doesn’t have to and here are some reasons why in most circumstances a roof should not be pressure washed. Jet washing may remove moss from your roof, but the high powered jets of water may disturb the tiles or other roof fittings, risk flooding any loft spaces and it is highly likely that the moss will just grow back!
Power washing also affects the lifespan of the tiles which could mean more issues further down the road with many tile manufacturing businesses also cautioning people against this method of roof cleaning.
Pressure washing your roof is the least ideal option as this in many instances can disrupt or break delicate 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 tradespeople who carry out this kind of work, claim it is easy money and that it doesn’t need any skill. Is there any truth in that? A service such as this requires a level of skill and care 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 needing to put yourself at needless risk.
What is the best way to have my roof cleaned?
It is best to have your roof cleaning done by a specialised cleaning company. One of the most gentle yet most effective ways to get rid of moss on your roof and clean the roof is by employing the scraping method. By using a 9″ scraper on a dry day will efficiently remove any moss on your roof and there won’t be any scratch marks on the tiles .
Remember – using this approach the tiles are not damaged and there is no risk of flooding, unlike other methods such as high-powered pressure washing.
Another effective method is the use of chemicals. Utilising 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 destroying any tiny moss spores, lichen and all other organic growth on the tiles. This step can take some time once the excess moss has initially been dislodged but again the tiles remain intact and with the added application of roof cleaning chemicals this will hinder the moss from returning for several years making this the best method.
How is it done?
We will supervise your roof carefully before commencing 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 approach to take to dislodge the growth. Next we can start to work on eradicating the roof of organic colonising growths by getting right into the moss root system and destroying the spores. You’ll notice an immediate improvement and continued improvement as time progresses.
Below are some of the towns and villages we cover
We cover most of Kent including all surrounding towns including:
A few things to think about.
We have already looked at some other elements that can affect a roof cleaning service. Now, let’s also consider the following.
- Size of dwelling and the size of its roof.
- The level of vegetation that is currently on the roof.
- Type of roof – for example with a thatched roof, no water is used.
- Accessibility of the roof.
- Height of the roof.
Keeping all of the above in mind, it is not worth risking serious damage to you or damage to your house by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Fill in the quote form or give us a call for a free quote, and leave it to the pros.