Roof Cleaning in Shoreham

Roof Cleaning Shoreham offers a professional roof cleaning service for home and business premises in Shoreham and surrounding villages/towns in Kent. Having your roof cleaned can be a relatively quick improvement to make to the appearance of your home, by getting rid of dirt, moss, lichen and anything else that has accumulated on your roof.

As a roof ages and get more porous, many become affected by moss, algae and dirt. Keeping your roof clean and free of moss and dirt is often quite difficult for many owners and can become a continual cause for issues.

Would it not be great to have your roof looking like new again?

Roof Cleaning in Shoreham

Why do it?

Dirty roof cleaning Shoreham

Large amounts of build-up of moss and algae on roof tiles and other organic growth could well cause big problems with the roof and the durability of the tiles will over time be affected too. If you overlook your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will swiftly spread out of control with their roots working their way into weaknesses in the roof tiles, progressively widening them over the course of time until cracks appear. Like all living organisms they need water to thrive, and when it rains, they’ll work like a sponge retaining as much water as possible. As it finds its way through the cracks into your roof it could cause serious and costly damage to the rafters and joists. Lastly you could well find moss that has come loose and rolled down the roof ending up in your gutter which can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which saturates and damages your fascia boards. In conclusion, having the roof cleaned is a required job for a number of reasons.

For a lot of people though getting their roof cleaned is purely an aesthetic choice and we don’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very dull due to organic growths like lichen and moss, and at that point a roof cleaning company is vital. Roofs are also frequently discoloured and stained by a common place bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the general appearance of your otherwise stunning home. Without a doubt, this bacteria growth is not unusual nonetheless it isn’t pleasant to see and it can over time damage your roof. The difference between a clean roof and one that hasn’t been cleaned can be night and day. After years of observing your roof get more and more dirty wouldn’t it be brilliant to see it looking almost as good as new once more?

Maybe you’re wondering, “Is this a simple DIY job that I should try to do myself?” Let’s look at some evidence to suggest what the best possible solution is here.

Can I just clean it myself?

Roof Cleaning yourself in Shoreham

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

Plus, many would expect having your roof cleaned requires pressure washing but it doesn’t have 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 aggressive jets of water may disturb the tiles or other roof fittings, risk flooding a loft and there is a good chance that the moss will simply grow back!

High pressure washing also affects the lifespan of the tiles which could mean more problems further down the road with the majority of tile manufacturing companies also cautioning people against this method of roof cleaning.
Jet washing your roof is the least ideal option as this can often disrupt or break weak tiles due to the pressure of the jet washer but can also harm your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.

Many cow-boy companies who carry out this kind of work, reckon it’s easy money and that it doesn’t take any skill. How true is that? A job like this requires a degree of experience and skill that we can deliver. Using proper roof access equipment, the right tools and our skill and know-how we can deliver a roof cleaning service that is worthwhile without you having to put yourself in unnecessary danger.

Which is the best way to clean my roof?

Roof Cleaning Shoreham

It is best to have your roof cleaned by a specialised cleaning company. One of the most gentle yet most beneficial ways to clear away roof moss and clean your roof is by employing the scraping approach. By using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will efficiently remove any moss on the roof leaving no scratch marks on the tiles .

Remember – with this method the tiles are not damaged and there is no flood risk, unlike other methods such as high-powered pressure washing.

Another effective method is the use of chemicals. Using a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been scraped off will absorb into the tile but most importantly into the gaps in the tiles targeting any lichen, tiny moss spores and any other organic growth on the tiles. This procedure 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 returning for several years making this method the most worthwhile.

What is the process?

We will investigate your roof with care and attention before beginning any work, to identify the best cleaning method to use depending on your roof. Then we will look at what’s growing there and the how best to clear out the growth. We can then begin to work on eradicating the roof of organic colonising growths by getting right into the moss root system and killing the spores. You’ll notice an instant improvement and continued change as time passes.

Below are some of the local places we cover

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

Some factors to think about.

We’ve already considered some other elements 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.
  • Type of roof – for example in the case of a thatched roof, no water is involved.
  • Accessibility of the roof.
  • How high is the roof?

Keeping the aforementioned points in mind, it is not worth risking serious insult to yourself or dis-repair to your dwelling by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Complete the free quote form or call us for a quote, and leave it to us.