Roof Cleaning Sittingbourne offer a full roof cleaning service for home and commercial premises in Sittingbourne and surrounding towns and villages in Kent. Having your roof cleaned is a simple way of improving the appearance of your property, by getting rid of dirt, moss, lichen and more that has accumulated up there.
As roofs age and become more porous, they are often invaded by algae, moss and dirt. Maintaining a roof that is clean and free of moss and debris may be very difficult for most householders and can become a constant source of annoyance.
Wouldn’t it be great to have your roof look new again?
Why do it?
A really serious accumulation of moss and algae on the tiles on your roof and other organic growth could well cause serious issues with the roof and the durability of the tiles will in time be compromised too. If you ignore your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will rapidly spread out of control with their roots working their way into vulnerable spots in the tiles of the roof, progressively widening them throughout time until cracks appear. Like all plants they need water to survive, and when it rains, they’ll act like a sponge holding as much water as possible. Once it finds its way through the cracks within your roof it could cause serious and costly damage to the rafters and joists. Finally you could well discover moss that has come loose and fallen down the roof into your gutter which in time can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which penetrates and damages your fascia’s. In truth, arranging to have your roof cleaned is an important job for many reasons.
For many though getting their roof cleaned is entirely an aesthetic choice and we can’t blame you for that! Roofs can become very dull because of organic growths like lichen and moss, and at that point a roof cleaning company is needed. Roofs are also frequently tarnished and stained by a prevalent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the natural appearance of your otherwise stunning dwelling. Of course, this bacteria growth is completely natural nonetheless it isn’t pleasant to see and it can over time damage your roof. The difference between a clean roof and one that needs a clean can be night and day. After years of seeing your roof get more and more dirty wouldn’t it be lovely to see it looking as good as new like it used to?
Maybe you’re wondering, “Is this a straightforward DIY job that I should attempt to do myself?” Let’s look at some evidence to suggest what the best possible solution is here.
Could I just do this alone?
The most common reason why a lot of people don’t want to risk cleaning their own roof is the fact that it involves working at a height where most of us wouldn’t feel comfortable or safe. At these heights any sort of slip can lead to a very serious wound.
Plus, a lot of people would expect having your roof cleaned requires pressure washing but it doesn’t have to and let’s look at some reasons why ideally a roof should not be pressure washed. Pressure washing may clear away moss from the roof, but the aggressive jets of water may dislodge the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding the loft space and there is a good chance that the moss will quickly grow back!
Jet washing additionally affects the longevity of the tiles which could result in more trouble in the future with many tile manufacturing businesses also advising against this manner of roof cleaning.
Pressure washing your roof is the least popular option as this in many instances can disturb or break fragile tiles from the pressure of the jet washer but could also ruin your roof when walking on the tiles and disrupting the tiles.
Many dodgy tradesmen who carry out this kind of work, think that it is easy money and that it doesn’t need much skill. Is there any truth in that? A job like this requires a degree 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 pleases you without you having to put yourself at unwanted risk.
What is the best way to clean my roof?
It is best to have your roof cleaned by a company that specialises in this area. One of the most gentle yet most effective ways to remove roof moss and clean your roof is by employing the scraping method. Using a 9″ scraper on a dry day will efficiently flake off any moss on your roof leaving no scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.
Remember – using this method the tiles are not damaged and there is no flood risk, unlike other roof cleaning methods such as jet washing.
One more effective method is to use chemicals. Applying a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been scraped off will soak into the tile but most importantly into the gaps in 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 are unharmed and by adding an application of specific chemicals this will hinder the moss from growing back for several years making this the best method.
What is the process?
We will inspect your roof attentively before commencing any work, to determine the best course of action depending on your roof. Then we will assess what’s growing there and the how best to dislodge the growth. Then we can begin to work on eradicating the roof of organic colonising growths by getting right into the moss root system and destroying the spores. You’ll notice an instant improvement and continued improvement as time progresses.
Here are some of the local areas we cover
We can cover most of Kent and all surrounding towns including:
Some factors to consider.
We’ve already considered some other elements that can affect a roof cleaning service. So, let’s have a quick look at these.
- Size of dwelling and the area of the roof.
- The level of vegetation that is present on the roof.
- The type of roof – for example in the case of a thatched roof, no water is involved.
- Accessibility of the roof.
- Height of the roof.
Keeping everything we have just mentioned in mind, don’t risk serious injury to you or damage to your house by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Complete the free quote form or give us a call for a quote, and leave it to the professionals.