Roof Cleaning Sandgate offers a full roof cleaning service for home and business premises in Sandgate and surrounding areas in Kent. Roof cleaning is a quick way of improving the look of your home, by getting rid of moss and more that has grown up there.
As roofs become older and become more porous, they are often affected by moss, algae and dirt. Keeping the roof clean and free of moss and algae is often very difficult for many owners and becomes a source of annoyance.
Wouldn’t it be great to have your roof look brand new again?
Why have it cleaned?
A really serious build-up of moss, dirt on roof tiles and other natural growth is likely to cause you major problems with your roof and the life-span of the tiles will in time be compromised too. If you ignore your roof, you’ll find these plants will swiftly spread uncontrollably with their roots working their way into weak spots in the tiles of the roof, steadily widening them over time until cracks emerge. Like all living organisms they need water to thrive, and after it rains, they’ll work like a sponge retaining as much water as they possibly can. As it finds its way through the cracks within your roof it may well cause serious and costly damage to the rafters and joists. Finally you could well become aware of moss that has dislodged and fallen down the roof finding itself in your gutter which can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which penetrates and damages your fascia’s. In conclusion, arranging to have the roof cleaned is an important job for many reasons.
For many people though getting their roof cleaned is purely an aesthetic choice and we don’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very unsightly due to organic growths like moss and lichen, and this is when a roof cleaning service is needed. Roofs are also frequently tarnished and stained by a prevalent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the natural appearance of your otherwise stunning dwelling. Without a doubt, this bacteria growth is not unusual but after all it isn’t pleasant to look at and after a while 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 progressively dirtier wouldn’t it be great to see it looking as good as new like it used to?
Next you might ask, “Is this a simple DIY job that I should try to do myself?” Let’s look at some evidence to propose what the best possible solution is here.
Can I just do this alone?
The most common reason why most people don’t clean their own roof is the fact that it usually means working at a height where most of us wouldn’t feel safe and secure. At these heights any sort of slip can result in a very serious injury.
Also, a lot of people would assume roof cleaning involves pressure washing but it doesn’t have to and here are some reasons why in most circumstances a roof shouldn’t be pressure washed. High pressure cleaning may remove moss from the roof, but the high powered jets of water may damage the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding a loft and it is highly likely that the moss will simply grow back!
Power washing also affects the longevity of the tiles which could mean more issues further down the road with many tile manufacturing businesses also advising against this manner of roof cleaning.
Pressure washing your roof is the least popular option as this could disturb or break weak 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, claim it’s easy money and that it does not take any skill. Is there any truth in that? A job such as this requires a degree of experience and skill that we can assure. Using the correct roof access equipment, the right tools and our skill and know-how we can provide for you a roof cleaning service that pleases you without you having to put yourself at needless risk.
What are the best ways to clean my roof?
It is best to have your roof cleaned by a company that specialises in this area. One of the gentlest yet most beneficial ways to get rid of moss on your roof and clean the roof is by employing the scraping approach. Using a 9″ scraper on a dry day will efficiently remove any moss on the roof leaving no scratch marks on the tiles .
Remember – using this method the tiles are not damaged and there is no risk of flooding, unlike other roof cleaning methods such as jet washing.
One more effective method is to use chemicals. Utilising a fungicide/moss killer once the moss has been scraped off will soak into the tile but most importantly into the overlaps of the tiles killing off 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 removed but again there is no damage to the surface of the tile and by adding an application of specific chemicals this will impede the moss from returning for many years making this method the most worthwhile.
What is the process?
We will supervise the roof attentively before starting any work, to determine the best course of action depending on your roof. Then we will assess what’s growing there and the best approach to take to remove the growth. We can then start to work on cleansing the roof of organic colonising growths by getting deep into the root system of the moss and killing the spores. You’ll notice an improvement straight away and continued improvement over time.
Below are a few of the nearby towns and villages we cover
We can cover most of Kent and all surrounding places including:
A few things to think about.
We’ve already hinted at some other elements that can affect a roof cleaning job. Now, look at the following.
- Size of house and the size of its roof.
- The level of vegetation that is currently on the roof.
- Type of roof – for example in the case of a thatched roof, no water is involved.
- Accessibility of the roof.
- How high is the roof?
Keeping the aforementioned points in mind, it is not worth risking serious damage to yourself or damage to your home by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Fill out the free quote form or ring us for your quote, and leave it to the pros.