Roof Cleaning St Margaret’s at Cliffe provides a professional roof cleaning service for home and business premises in St Margaret’s at Cliffe and surrounding towns and villages in Kent. Having your roof cleaned can be a quick and easy improvement to make to the look of your home, by clearing moss, lichen, dirt and anything else that has accumulated there.
As roofs become older and become more porous, they are often invaded by moss and debris. Keeping the roof clean and void of any moss is often very difficult for many owners and can become a major cause for problems.
Wouldn’t it be nice to have your roof looking like brand new again?
Why do it?
A large accumulation of moss, dirt on roof tiles and other natural growth is likely to cause big problems with the roof and the life expectancy of the tiles will over time be compromised too. If you neglect your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will rapidly grow out of control with their roots creeping their way into vulnerable spots in the tiles of the roof, gradually widening them throughout time until cracks appear. 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 in the cracks within your roof it may well cause serious and costly damage to the rafters and joists. Lastly you could well become aware of moss that has dislodged and rolled down the roof ending up in your gutter which can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which damages and soaks into your fascia’s. In conclusion, arranging to have your roof cleaned is an important job for a few reasons.
For many people though wanting a clean roof is entirely an aesthetic decision and we can’t blame you for that! Roofs can become very unattractive because of organic growths like lichen and moss, and at that point a roof cleaning company is necessary. Roofs are also periodically tarnished and stained by a common place bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the natural appearance of your otherwise stunning home. Without a doubt, this bacteria growth is completely normal but after all 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 months and years of seeing your roof get progressively dirtier wouldn’t it be brilliant to see it looking as good as new again?
Maybe you’re wondering, “Is this a easy DIY job that I should try to do myself?” Let’s consider some evidence to propose what the best way to do this is.
Could I just clean it myself?
The most common reason why a lot of people don’t clean their own roof is because it involves working at a height where many of us wouldn’t feel safe and secure. At these kinds of heights any sort of fall can result in a very serious injury.
Also, 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 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 any loft spaces and it’s more than likely that the moss will simply grow back!
High pressure washing also affects the longevity of the tiles which could mean more problems further down the road with many tile manufacturing companies also advising against this method of cleaning roofs.
Jet washing your roof is the least popular option as this in many instances can dislodge or break frail tiles due to the pressure of the power washer but could also ruin your roof when walking on the tiles and disrupting the tiles.
Many dodgy tradespeople who carry out this kind of work, reckon it is easy money or that it doesn’t take any skill. How true is that? A job such as this requires a degree of skill and attention that we can deliver. Using proper roof access equipment, the right tools and our skill and know-how we can provide for you a roof cleaning service that is worthwhile without you having to put yourself at unwanted risk.
Which is the best way to have my roof cleaned?
It is recommended that you have your roof cleaning done by a company that specialises in this area. One of the most gentle yet most effective ways to clear away moss on your roof and clean your roof is by using the scraping method. Using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will easily flake off any moss on your roof without leaving any scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.
As previously stated – using this method there is no damage to the tiles and there is no risk of flooding, unlike other roof cleaning methods such as jet washing.
One more effective method is that of using chemicals. Using a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been scraped off will absorb into the tile and most importantly into the gaps in the tiles killing off 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 scraped away but again the tiles remain intact and by adding an application of bespoke chemicals this will hinder the moss from growing back for many years making this method the most worthwhile.
What is the process?
We will investigate the roof carefully before beginning any work, to determine the best approach to take depending on your roof. Then we will assess what’s growing there and the best way to remove the growth. Next we can begin to work on purging your roof of organic colonising growths by getting deep into the root system of the moss and destroying the spores. You’ll notice an instant improvement and continued improvement over time.
Here are some of the local areas we cover
We cover the majority of Kent as well as all nearby towns including:
Some things to think about.
We have already looked at some other factors that can affect a roof cleaning service. So, look at the following.
- Size of dwelling and the area of the roof.
- How much vegetation is currently on the roof.
- Type of roof – e.g. 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 insult to you or damage to your home by attempting a DIY roof clean. Fill in the free quote form or give us a call for your free quote, and leave it to the pros.