Roof Cleaning in Shepway

Roof Cleaning Shepway provides a roof cleaning service for private and business premises in Shepway and surrounding villages/towns in Kent. Having your roof cleaned can be a speedy way to improve the appearance of your property, by getting rid of dirt, moss, lichen and more that has built up there.

As roofs age and get more porous, they are often invaded by moss and dirt. Keeping the roof clean and without moss and dirt is usually challenging for many owners and can become a constant source of issues.

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

Roof Cleaning in Shepway

Why should I do it?

Dirty roof cleaning Shepway

A really serious build-up of moss and algae on your roof and other organic growth may cause you serious issues with your roof and the life expectancy of the tiles will eventually be affected too. If you neglect your roof, you’ll find these plants will swiftly grow out of control with their roots working their way into weak spots in the tiles of the roof, gradually widening them over the course of time until cracks become visible. Like all living organisms they need water to survive, and after it rains, they’ll act like a sponge holding as much water as they possibly can. Once it finds its way in the cracks into your roof it may well cause serious and expensive destruction to the rafters and joists. Also you could well find moss that has dislodged and fallen down the roof into your gutter which can result in overflowing rainwater from your gutter which penetrates and damages your fascia’s. Really then, arranging to have the roof cleaned is an important service for many reasons.

For many though cleaning their roof is purely an aesthetic decision and we can’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very unsightly because of organic growths like moss and lichen, and then a roof cleaning company is needed. Roofs are also frequently discoloured and stained by a prevalent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the familiar appearance of your otherwise stunning dwelling. Of course, this bacteria growth is not unusual however it isn’t attractive to see and gradually it can damage your roof. The difference between a clean roof and one that needs cleaning can be night and day. After months and years of watching your roof get dirtier and dirtier wouldn’t it be great to see it looking like brand new like it used to?

Next you might ask, “Is this a simple DIY job that I should have a go at doing 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 Shepway

The biggest reason why most people don’t clean their own roof is the fact that it requires working at a height where many of us wouldn’t feel comfortable or safe. At these heights any kind of slip can result in a very serious wound.

Also, a lot of people would assume having your roof cleaned involves pressure washing but it doesn’t need to and here are some reasons why ideally a roof should not be pressure washed. Jet washing may remove moss from the roof, but the intense jets of water may dislodge the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding any loft spaces and it’s more than likely that the moss will quickly grow back!

Jet washing additionally affects the lifespan of the tiles which could mean more issues further down the road with most tile manufacturing companies also cautioning people against this method of cleaning roofs.
Power washing a roof is the least popular option as this in many instances can disturb or break delicate tiles from the pressure of the jet washer but may also damage your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.

Many dodgy tradesmen who attempt this kind of work, reckon it is easy money and that it does not take any skill. How true is that? A service such as this requires a level of experience and skill that we can deliver. Using the correct roof access equipment, the correct tools and our experience and know-how we can deliver a roof cleaning service that you are happy with without you having to put yourself at needless risk.

Which is the best way to have my roof cleaned?

Roof Cleaning Shepway

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 clear away roof moss and clean your roof is by using the scraping method. By using a 9″ scraper on a dry day will easily remove any moss on the roof leaving no scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.

As previously stated – using this method the tiles are not damaged and there is no flood risk, unlike other manners of roof cleaning such as high-powered pressure washing.

One more effective method is the use of chemicals. Utilising a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been scraped off will soak 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 once the excess moss has initially been removed but again there is no damage to the surface of the tile and with the added application of specific chemicals this will prevent the moss from returning for several years making this method the most worthwhile.

How is it done?

We will supervise your roof attentively before starting any work, to establish the best cleaning method to use depending on your roof. Then we will look at what’s growing there and the how best to remove the growth. Then we can begin to work on purging your roof of organic colonising growths by getting right into the moss root system and killing the spores. You’ll notice an improvement straight away and continued change as time progresses.

Here are a few of the areas we cover

We can cover most of Kent as well as all nearby areas including:

A few factors to consider.

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

  • Size of dwelling and the size of its roof.
  • The level of vegetation that is growing on the roof.
  • The type of roof – for example in the case of a thatched roof, no water is used.
  • How accessible is the roof?
  • Height of the roof.

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