Roof Cleaning Shorne provides a roof cleaning service for residential and commercial properties in Shorne and surrounding villages/towns in Kent. Having your roof cleaned can be a quick and easy improvement to make to the appearance of your house, by getting rid of moss, dirt and anything else that has grown up there.
As a roof ages and become more porous, many become invaded by moss, algae and dirt. Keeping the roof clean and free of moss and debris is often challenging for the majority of owners and can become a major issues.
Wouldn’t it be great to have your roof looking like brand new again?
Why should I do it?
Large amounts of build-up of dirt, moss on the tiles on your roof and other natural growth is likely to cause major issues with the roof and the life expectancy of the tiles will eventually be compromised too. If you overlook your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will rapidly spread out of control with their roots creeping their way into vulnerable spots in the tiles of the roof, steadily widening them over time until cracks emerge. Like all living organisms they need water to survive, and after it rains, they’ll behave like a sponge retaining as much water as they can. Once it finds its way through the cracks within your roof it might well cause serious and costly destruction to the rafters and joists. Finally you could well discover moss that has dislodged and fallen down the roof ending up in your gutter which can result in overflowing rainwater from your gutter which damages and soaks into your fascia boards. Really then, having your roof cleaned is a necessary job for a number of reasons.
For many people though cleaning their roof is purely an aesthetic choice and we don’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very unsightly because of organic growths like moss and lichen, and this is when a roof cleaning company is needed. Roofs are also frequently discoloured and stained by a common place bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the familiar appearance of your otherwise stunning dwelling. Without a doubt, this bacteria growth is completely natural nonetheless it isn’t attractive to look at and gradually it can damage your roof. The difference between a clean roof and one that needs a clean can be night and day. After years of watching your roof get dirtier and dirtier wouldn’t it be lovely to see it looking like brand new again?
Next you might ask, “Is this a straightforward DIY job that I should have a go at doing myself?” Let’s consider some evidence to recommend what the best way to do this is.
Should I do this myself?
The biggest reason why a lot of people don’t clean their own roof is the fact that it usually means working at a height where a lot of us wouldn’t feel comfortable or safe. At these heights any sort of slip can result in a very serious wound.
Also, lots of people would assume getting your roof cleaned involves pressure washing but it doesn’t need to and let’s look at some reasons why in most circumstances a roof should not be pressure washed. Pressure washing may get rid of moss from the roof, but the aggressive jets of water may dislodge the tiles or other roof fittings, risk flooding the loft space and it is highly likely that the moss will just grow back!
Power washing additionally affects the longevity of the tiles which could result in more problems further down the road with the majority of tile manufacturing businesses also cautioning people against this form of cleaning roofs.
Power washing a roof is the least ideal option as this can often dislodge or break weak tiles due to the pressure of the power washer but can also harm your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many cow-boy tradesmen who do this kind of work, claim it is easy money and that it does not need much skill. Is there any truth in that? A job such as this requires a degree of skill and attention that we can assure. Using proper roof access equipment, the right tools and our skill and understanding we can provide for you a roof cleaning service that is worthwhile 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 specialised cleaning company. One of the gentlest yet most effective ways to remove roof moss and clean the roof is by employing the scraping method. By using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will easily remove any moss on the roof leaving no scratch marks on the tiles .
As previously stated – with this method there is no damage to the tiles and there is no risk of flooding, unlike other methods such as pressure washing.
Another effective method is the use of chemicals. Utilising a fungicide/moss killer once the moss has been scraped off will permeate into the tile and most importantly into the overlaps of the tiles targeting any tiny moss spores, lichen and all other organic growth on the tiles. This procedure can take some time once the excess moss has initially been dislodged but again there is no damage to the surface of the tile and with the added application of roof cleaning chemicals this will impede the moss from returning for many years making this method the most worthwhile.
What is the process?
We will supervise your roof carefully before commencing 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 best approach to take to clear out the growth. Next we can begin to work on cleansing your roof of organic colonising growths by getting right into the root system of the moss and eliminating the spores. You’ll notice an instant improvement and continued improvement as time passes.
Here are a few of the areas we cover
We can cover most of Kent and all local towns including:
Some factors to think about.
We’ve already considered some other factors that can affect having your roof cleaned. Now, look at the following.
- Size of house and the size of its roof.
- How much vegetation is present on the roof.
- The type of roof – for example with a thatched roof, no water is involved.
- How accessible is the roof?
- Height of the roof.
Keeping everything we have just mentioned in mind, don’t risk serious injury to yourself or dis-repair to your house by attempting a DIY roof clean. Fill in the quote form or call us for your quote, and leave it to the pros.