Roof Cleaning Seal offer a full roof cleaning service for home and commercial premises in Seal and surrounding villages/towns in Kent. Roof cleaning is a relatively simple way to improve the look of your home, by removing moss, lichen, dirt and anything else that has built up there.
As a roof ages and get more porous, they are gradually invaded by moss and dirt. Keeping the roof clean and void of any moss and algae may be quite difficult for most owners and becomes a major annoyance.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have your roof looking like new again?
Why do it?
A large accumulation of moss and algae on roof tiles and other natural growth is likely to cause you major issues with your roof and the life expectancy of the tiles will eventually be affected too. If you ignore your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will rapidly spread uncontrollably with their roots creeping their way into vulnerable spots in the tiles of the roof, steadily widening them over the course of time until cracks appear. Like all plants they need water to live, and when it rains, they’ll behave like a sponge securing as much water as they possibly can. Once it finds its way in the cracks within your roof it might well cause serious and costly deterioration to the rafters and joists. Lastly you could well become aware of moss that has dislodged and rolled down the roof into your gutter which can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which damages and soaks into your fascia’s. In conclusion, having the roof cleaned is an important service for a number of reasons.
For many though getting their roof cleaned is entirely an aesthetic preference and we can’t blame you for that! Roofs can become very unattractive due to organic growths like lichen and moss, and then a roof cleaning professional is necessary. Roofs are also frequently discoloured and stained by a frequent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the natural appearance of your otherwise stunning dwelling. Of course, this bacteria growth is completely natural nonetheless it isn’t nice to look at and after a while it can damage your roof. Comparing a clean roof and one that hasn’t been cleaned can be night and day. After years of seeing your roof get more and more dirty wouldn’t it be lovely to see it looking as good as new like it used to?
Maybe you’re wondering, “Is this a easy DIY job that I should have a go at doing myself?” Let’s look at some evidence to recommend what the best possible solution is here.
Should I just clean it myself?
The most common reason why most people don’t clean their own roof is because it usually means working at a height where a lot of us wouldn’t feel comfortable or safe. At these kinds of heights any type of slip can lead to a very serious injury.
Also, a lot of people would expect roof cleaning requires pressure washing but it doesn’t have to and let’s look at some reasons why ideally a roof should not be pressure washed. High pressure cleaning may get rid of moss from the roof, but the aggressive jets of water may disturb the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding a loft and there is a good chance that the moss will just grow back!
High pressure washing also affects the longevity of the tiles which could mean more trouble further down the road with most tile manufacturing businesses also warning people against this manner of cleaning roofs.
Jet washing your roof is the least popular option as this in many instances can dislodge or break delicate tiles due to the pressure of the power washer but may also ruin your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many rogue tradespeople who carry out this kind of work, reckon it’s easy money and that it does not need much skill. Is there any truth in that? A service like this requires a degree of skill and care that we can provide. Using proper roof access equipment, the best tools and our skill and know-how we can deliver a roof cleaning service that pleases you without you needing to put yourself in unnecessary danger.
Which 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 gentlest 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 efficiently flake off any moss on the roof without leaving any scratch marks on the tiles .
Don’t forget – using this approach there is no damage to the tiles and there is no flood risk, unlike other manners of roof cleaning such as jet washing.
Another effective method is to use chemicals. Using a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been gently removed will soak into the tile but most importantly into the gaps in the tiles killing off any tiny moss spores, lichen and all 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 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 the best method.
How is it done?
We will investigate the roof attentively before commencing any work, to identify the best course of action depending on your roof. Then we will assess what’s growing there and the best way to remove the growth. We can then begin to work on eradicating your roof of organic colonising growths by getting deep into the moss root system and destroying the spores. You’ll notice an improvement straight away and continued improvement as time passes.
Here are some of the nearby areas we cover
We cover most of Kent including all nearby areas including:
A few things to consider.
We have already considered some other things to consider that can affect a roof cleaning service. Now, let’s also consider the following.
- Size of house and the size of the roof.
- The level of vegetation that is growing on the roof.
- The type of roof – for example with a thatched roof, no water is used.
- How accessible is the roof?
- Height of the roof.
Keeping the aforementioned points in mind, don’t risk serious damage to you or dis-repair to your home by attempting a DIY roof clean. Fill in the quote form or call us for your quote, and leave it to the professionals.