Roof Cleaning Southborough offers a professional roof cleaning service for home and business properties in Southborough and surrounding areas in Kent. Roof cleaning is a relatively speedy way to improve the look of your house, by getting rid of moss and anything else that has built up there.
As roofs become older and become more porous, they are often invaded by algae, moss and dirt. Keeping your roof clean and free of moss is often quite difficult for most homeowners and may become a continual source of issues.
Wouldn’t it be nice to have your roof looking like new again?
Why have it cleaned?
A large build-up of moss and algae on roof tiles and other organic growth could well cause major issues with your roof and the durability of the tiles will in time be compromised too. If you ignore your roof, you’ll find these plants will quickly spread uncontrollably with their roots creeping their way into weak spots in the tiles of the roof, steadily widening them throughout time until cracks emerge. Like all living organisms they need water to thrive, and when it rains, they’ll behave like a sponge holding as much water as they possibly can. As it finds its way in the cracks within your roof it might well cause serious and expensive damage to the rafters and joists. Also you could well become aware of moss that has dislodged and rolled down the roof into your gutter which can result in overflowing rainwater from your gutter which penetrates and damages your fascia’s. In conclusion, having the roof cleaned is a necessary job for many reasons.
For many people though getting their roof cleaned is simply an aesthetic preference and we don’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very unattractive because of organic growths like lichen and moss, and this is when a roof cleaning service is necessary. Roofs are also periodically tarnished and stained by a common place bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the familiar appearance of your otherwise stunning dwelling. By all means, this bacteria growth is not unusual but after all it isn’t attractive to look at and after a while 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 seeing your roof get progressively dirtier wouldn’t it be lovely to see it looking as good as new again?
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 possible solution is here.
Can I just clean it myself?
The biggest reason why a lot of people don’t clean their own roof is since it requires working at a height where many of us wouldn’t feel safe or comfortable. At these kinds of heights any kind of slip can result in a very serious injury.
Plus, lots of people would think getting your roof cleaned involves pressure washing however it doesn’t have to and let’s look at some reasons why ideally a roof should not be pressure washed. High pressure cleaning may clear away moss from the roof, but the intense 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 quickly grow back!
High pressure washing also affects the longevity of the tiles which could mean more issues further down the road with the majority of tile manufacturing businesses also warning people against this form of cleaning roofs.
Jet washing your roof is the least ideal option as this in many instances can dislodge or break weak tiles from 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, reckon it’s easy money or that it does not take a lot of skill. How true is that? A job such as this requires a degree of skill and care that we can provide. Using the correct roof access equipment, the right tools and our experience and know-how we can provide for you a roof cleaning service that is worthwhile without you having to put yourself in unnecessary danger.
Which is the best way to have my roof cleaned?
It is best to have your roof cleaned by a company that specialises in this area. One of the kindest 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 on a dry day will efficiently flake off any moss on the roof and there won’t be any scratch marks on the tiles .
Don’t forget – using this method there is no damage to the tiles and there is no flood risk, unlike other roof cleaning methods such as pressure washing.
Another effective method is the use of chemicals. Applying a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been gently removed will permeate 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 remain intact and with the added application of roof cleaning chemicals this will stop the moss from returning for several years making this the best method.
How is it done?
We will investigate the roof attentively before beginning any work, to identify the best approach to take depending on your roof. Then we will assess what’s growing there and the best approach to take to clear out the growth. Then we can start to work on eradicating the roof of organic colonising growths by getting deep into the moss root system and destroying the spores. You’ll notice an improvement straight away and continued improvement as time progresses.
Below are some of the places we cover
We cover the majority of Kent including all nearby places including:
A few things to think about.
We have already looked at some other things to consider that can affect a roof cleaning service. So, let’s also consider the following.
- Size of house and the area of the roof.
- The level of vegetation that is present on the roof.
- Type of roof – for example in the case of a thatched roof, no water is used.
- How accessible is the roof?
- How high is the roof?
Keeping everything we have just mentioned in mind, it is not worth risking serious damage to you or damage to your dwelling by attempting a DIY roof clean. Fill in the free quote form or ring us for your free quote, and leave it to the pros.