Roof Cleaning in Sandwich

Roof Cleaning Sandwich offers a full roof cleaning service for residential and business properties in Sandwich and surrounding towns and villages in Kent. Roof cleaning can be a relatively simple way of improving the look of your home, by removing moss and more that has built up on your roof.

As a roof ages and get more porous, they are often affected by moss, algae and dirt. Keeping your roof clean and free of moss and debris can be very difficult for the majority of homeowners and may become a continual annoyance.

Wouldn’t it be nice to have your roof look brand new again?

Roof Cleaning in Sandwich

Why do it?

Dirty roof cleaning Sandwich

A large accumulation of dirt, moss on your roof and other natural growth may cause major issues with your roof and the durability of the tiles will over time be compromised too. If you ignore your roof, you’ll find these plants will swiftly grow out of control with their roots working their way into weaknesses in the roof tiles, progressively widening them throughout time until cracks emerge. Like all plants they need water to survive, and after it rains, they’ll behave like a sponge retaining as much water as they can. As it works its way in the cracks into your roof it might well cause serious and costly destruction 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 in time can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which damages and soaks into your fascia boards. Really then, arranging to have your roof cleaned is an important job for many reasons.

For many though getting their roof cleaned is solely an aesthetic preference and we don’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very unattractive due to organic growths like lichen and moss, and this is when a roof cleaning service is necessary. Roofs are also frequently discoloured and stained by a common place bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the natural appearance of your otherwise beautiful house. Of course, this bacteria growth is completely normal nonetheless it isn’t nice to see and after a while it can damage your roof. The difference between a clean roof and one that needs a clean can be night and day. After years of watching 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?

Next you might ask, “Is this a straightforward DIY job that I should attempt to do myself?” Let’s look at some evidence to propose what the best way to do this is.

Couldn’t I just do this myself?

Roof Cleaning yourself in Sandwich

The most common reason why most people don’t clean their own roof is because it requires working at a height where a lot of us wouldn’t feel comfortable or safe. At these kinds of heights any kind of slip can result in a very serious injury.

Also, a lot of people would think roof cleaning involves pressure washing however it doesn’t have to and let’s look at some reasons why preferably a roof shouldn’t be pressure washed. High pressure cleaning may get rid of moss from your roof, but the high powered jets of water may damage the tiles or other roof fittings, risk flooding the loft space and it’s more than likely that the moss will quickly grow back!

Power washing additionally affects the longevity of the tiles which could mean more issues further down the road with many tile manufacturing companies also advising against this manner of roof cleaning.
Jet washing your roof is the least popular option as this can often dislodge or break frail tiles from the pressure of the power washer but can also damage your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.

Many dodgy tradesmen who do this kind of work, claim it’s easy money or that it does not need any skill. Is there any truth in that? A job such as this requires a degree of skill and care that we can deliver. Using the appropriate roof access equipment, the correct tools and our experience and know-how we can deliver a roof cleaning service that is worthwhile without you needing to put yourself in unnecessary danger.

Which is the best way to clean my roof?

Roof Cleaning Sandwich

It is best to have your roof cleaning done by a specialised cleaning company. One of the kindest yet most effective ways to remove roof moss and clean the roof is by employing the scraping approach. Using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will easily flake off any moss on the roof without leaving any scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.

Don’t forget – using this method the tiles are not damaged and there is no flood risk, unlike other methods such as pressure washing.

One more effective method is that of using chemicals. Using a fungicide/moss killer once the moss has been scraped off will permeate into the tile and most importantly into the overlaps of the tiles destroying any lichen, tiny moss spores and all other organic growth on the tiles. This roof cleaning process can take some time after the excess moss has initially been scraped away but again the tiles are unharmed and with the added application of specific chemicals this will impede the moss from returning for several years making this the best method.

What is the process?

We will investigate your roof attentively before starting any work, to establish the best approach to take depending on your roof. Then we will consider what’s growing there and the best approach to take to clear out the growth. Next we can begin 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 immediate improvement and continued change over time.

Below are some of the nearby areas we cover

We cover most of Kent and all nearby towns including:

Some factors to think about.

We have already hinted at some other elements that can affect a roof cleaning job. So, let’s also consider the following.

  • Size of dwelling and the area of its roof.
  • The level of vegetation that is growing on the roof.
  • Type of roof – e.g. in the case of a thatched roof, no water is used.
  • Accessibility of the roof.
  • How high is the roof?

Keeping the aforementioned points in mind, it is not worth risking serious injury to you or damage to your home by attempting a DIY roof clean. Fill in the free quote form or give us a call for your free quote, and leave it to us.