Roof Cleaning Sheerness offer a full roof cleaning service for home and commercial properties in Sheerness and surrounding towns and villages in Kent. Getting your roof cleaned is a quick and easy way to improve the look of your property, by clearing moss and more that has accumulated there.
As roofs age and get more porous, many become affected by moss, algae and dirt. Keeping your roof clean and free of moss and algae can be quite difficult for most householders and may become a continual cause for problems.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have your roof look brand new again?
Why have it cleaned?
A large accumulation of moss and algae on the tiles on your roof and other natural growth is likely to cause you serious problems with your roof and the life-span of the tiles will over time be affected too. If you neglect your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will rapidly spread uncontrollably with their roots working their way into weak spots in the tiles of the roof, progressively widening them throughout time until cracks become visible. Like all living organisms they need water to survive, and after it rains, they’ll work like a sponge holding as much water as they can. As it works its way in the cracks within your roof it may well cause serious and expensive destruction to the rafters and joists. Lastly you could well discover moss that has come loose and fallen down the roof into your gutter which can result in overflowing rainwater from your gutter which saturates and damages your fascia boards. Really then, getting a roof cleaned is an important job for a few reasons.
For many though cleaning their roof is solely an aesthetic preference and we can’t blame you for that! Roofs can become very unattractive because of organic growths like moss and lichen, and at that point a roof cleaning professional is necessary. Roofs are also frequently discoloured and stained by a common place bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the familiar appearance of your otherwise charming house. By all means, this bacteria growth is not unusual but after all it isn’t pleasant to look at and gradually it can damage your roof. Comparing a clean roof and one that hasn’t been cleaned can be night and day. After months and years of observing your roof get more and more dirty wouldn’t it be lovely to see it looking like brand new like it used to?
Maybe you’re wondering, “Is this a straightforward DIY job that I should try to do myself?” Let’s look at some evidence to recommend what the best possible solution is here.
Can I clean it myself?
The biggest reason why a lot of people don’t want to risk cleaning their own roof is the fact that it requires working at a height where most of us wouldn’t feel safe and secure. At these kinds of heights any type of slip can result in a very serious wound.
Also, many would expect roof cleaning requires pressure washing but it doesn’t have to and here are some reasons why preferably a roof shouldn’t be pressure washed. Jet washing may clear away moss from your roof, but the high powered 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 simply grow back!
High pressure washing also affects the lifespan of the tiles which could result in more problems further down the road with many tile manufacturing companies also advising against this form of cleaning roofs.
Pressure washing a roof is the least popular option as this in many instances can disturb or break delicate tiles due to the pressure of the power washer but could also damage your roof when walking on the tiles and disrupting the tiles.
Many dodgy companies who carry out this kind of work, think it’s easy money and that it doesn’t need much skill. Is there any truth in that? A service such as this requires a degree of experience and skill that we can assure. Using proper roof access equipment, the best tools and our skill and know-how we can provide for you a roof cleaning service that pleases you without you needing to put yourself at unwanted risk.
What is the best way to clean my roof?
It is recommended that you have your roof cleaning done by a specialised cleaning company. One of the most gentle 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 easily remove any moss on the roof without leaving any scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.
As previously stated – using this approach the tiles are not damaged and there is no risk of flooding, unlike other roof cleaning methods such as pressure washing.
Another effective method is the use of chemicals. Applying 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 destroying any tiny moss spores, lichen and any 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 remain intact and by adding an application of roof cleaning chemicals this will impede the moss from growing back for many years making this the most worthwhile method.
What is the process?
We will investigate the roof carefully before starting any work, to identify the best cleaning method to use depending on your roof. Then we will consider what’s growing there and the how best to dislodge the growth. Next we can start to work on cleansing the roof of organic colonising growths by getting deep into the moss root system and eliminating the spores. You’ll notice an immediate improvement and continued improvement over time.
Below are a few of the local places we cover
We can cover the majority of Kent including all surrounding areas including:
A few things to consider.
We have already hinted at some other factors that can affect having your roof cleaned. Now, consider just a few more.
- Size of dwelling and the size of its roof.
- How much vegetation is currently 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, it is not worth risking serious injury to you or dis-repair to your house by attempting a DIY roof clean. Fill out the free quote form or ring us for your free quote, and leave it to the pros.