Roof Cleaning in Sevenoaks

Roof Cleaning Sevenoaks offers a full roof cleaning service for residential and commercial properties in Sevenoaks and surrounding towns and villages in Kent. Roof cleaning can be a simple way to improve the look of your property, by getting rid of dirt, moss, lichen and more that has accumulated up there.

As a roof ages and get more porous, they are gradually affected by algae, moss and dirt. Keeping your roof clean and without moss and dirt is often very difficult for the majority of householders and can become a annoyance.

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

Roof Cleaning in Sevenoaks

Why do it?

Dirty roof cleaning Sevenoaks

Large amounts of accumulation of moss and algae on the tiles on your roof and other organic growth could well cause big issues with the roof and the durability of the tiles will in time be affected too. If you ignore your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will swiftly spread out of control with their roots finding their way into vulnerable spots in the roof tiles, progressively widening them over the course of time until cracks emerge. Like all plants they need water to survive, and once it has rained, they’ll act like a sponge retaining as much water as they can. As it works its way through the cracks into your roof it might well cause serious and expensive damage to the rafters and joists. Lastly you could well discover moss that has dislodged and fallen down the roof ending up in your gutter which in time can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which damages and soaks into your fascia boards. In truth, arranging to have a roof cleaned is a necessary service for a number of reasons.

For many though cleaning their roof is entirely an aesthetic choice and we can’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very dull due to organic growths like moss and lichen, and at that point a roof cleaning service is needed. Roofs are also periodically discoloured and stained by an everyday bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the general appearance of your otherwise stunning home. Without a doubt, this bacteria growth is not unusual however it isn’t pleasant to see 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 observing your roof get dirtier and dirtier wouldn’t it be brilliant to see it looking almost as good as new again?

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

Could I do this alone?

Roof Cleaning yourself in Sevenoaks

The biggest reason why most people don’t clean their own roof is because it usually means working at a height where many of us wouldn’t feel safe or comfortable. At these heights any sort of fall can result in a very serious injury.

Also, lots of people would assume roof cleaning requires pressure washing but it doesn’t need to and here are some reasons why ideally a roof shouldn’t be pressure washed. High pressure cleaning may remove moss from the roof, but the intense jets of water may disturb the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding the loft space and it’s more than likely that the moss will just grow back!

High pressure washing also affects the longevity of the tiles which could result in more issues further down the road with most tile manufacturing companies also cautioning people against this manner of cleaning roofs.
Pressure washing a roof is the least popular option as this could disturb or break fragile tiles due to the pressure of the power washer but could also ruin your roof when walking on the tiles and disrupting the tiles.

Many rogue tradesmen who do this kind of work, claim it is easy money and that it does not take a lot of skill. How wrong can they be A job like this requires a level of experience and skill that we can assure. Using proper roof access equipment, the correct tools and our skill and understanding we can provide for you a roof cleaning service that is worthwhile without you having to put yourself at unwanted risk.

Which are the best ways to have my roof cleaned?

Roof Cleaning Sevenoaks

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 remove roof moss and clean the roof is by using the scraping method. 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 – with this approach the tiles are not damaged and there is no risk of flooding, unlike other methods such as jet washing.

One more effective method is the use of chemicals. Utilising a fungicide/moss killer once the moss has been scraped off will permeate into the tile but most importantly into the overlaps of the tiles targeting any lichen, tiny moss spores and all other organic growth on the tiles. This procedure 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 with the added application of bespoke chemicals this will prevent the moss from returning for several years making this the most worthwhile method.

How is it done?

We will inspect the roof carefully before beginning any work, to establish 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 your roof of organic colonising growths by getting right into the moss root system and eliminating the spores. You’ll notice an improvement straight away and continued improvement as time progresses.

Below are a few of the local towns and villages we cover

We can cover the majority of Kent including all local areas including:

Some things to think about.

We have already considered some other elements that can affect a roof cleaning service. So, consider just a few more.

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

Keeping all of the above in mind, don’t risk serious damage to yourself or dis-repair to your dwelling by attempting a DIY roof clean. Fill out the free quote form or ring us for a free quote, and leave it to the professionals.