Roof Cleaning St Mary’s Bay provides a professional roof cleaning service for residential and business properties in St Mary’s Bay and surrounding towns and villages in Kent. Roof cleaning is a speedy way to improve the look of your property, by getting rid of moss, dirt and more that has built up there.
As a roof becomes older and get more porous, they are often invaded by algae, moss and dirt. Keeping your roof clean and free of moss and debris can be quite difficult for many owners and may become a constant source of problems.
Wouldn’t it be great to have your roof look new again?
Why do it?
A really serious build-up of dirt, moss on the tiles on your roof and other natural growth may cause you big problems with your roof and the life-span of the tiles will eventually be compromised too. If you ignore your roof, you’ll find these plants will rapidly spread out of control with their roots creeping their way into weak spots in the tiles of the roof, progressively widening them over the course of time until cracks become visible. Like all living organisms they need water to thrive, and once it has rained, they’ll act like a sponge retaining as much water as possible. Once it finds its way in the cracks into your roof it might well cause serious and costly deterioration to the rafters and joists. Also you could well find moss that has dislodged and fallen down the roof finding itself in your gutter which in time can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which penetrates and damages your fascia boards. Really then, getting the roof cleaned is a required service for many reasons.
For a lot of people though wanting a clean roof is solely an aesthetic preference and we can’t blame you for that! Roofs can become very unattractive due to organic growths like lichen and moss, and this is when a roof cleaning company is necessary. Roofs are also often tarnished and stained by an everyday bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the natural appearance of your otherwise charming dwelling. Of course, this bacteria growth is not unusual however it isn’t nice 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 dirtier and dirtier wouldn’t it be great to see it looking as good as new like it used to?
The next question is, “Is this a easy DIY job that I should have a go at doing myself?” Let’s consider some evidence to recommend what the best possible solution is here.
Could I just clean it myself?
The biggest reason why a lot of people don’t clean their own roof is since it involves 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.
Plus, lots of people would expect getting your roof cleaned requires pressure washing however it doesn’t have to and let’s look at some reasons why preferably a roof shouldn’t be pressure washed. High pressure cleaning may clear away moss from your roof, but the aggressive jets of water may damage the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding a loft and it is highly likely that the moss will just grow back!
Jet washing also affects the lifespan of the tiles which could result in more issues in the future with most tile manufacturing companies also advising against this form of roof cleaning.
Pressure washing your roof is the least ideal option as this could disrupt or break delicate tiles from the pressure of the power washer but could also harm your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many dodgy tradesmen who carry out this kind of work, claim it is easy money and that it doesn’t need any skill. How wrong can they be A service such as this requires a level of experience and skill that we can deliver. Using the appropriate roof access equipment, the correct tools and our experience and know-how we can provide for you a roof cleaning service that pleases you without you needing to put yourself in unnecessary danger.
What is the best way to have my roof cleaned?
It is best to have your roof cleaning done by a company that specialises in this area. One of the most gentle yet most beneficial ways to get rid of moss on your roof and clean the roof is by employing the scraping method. Using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will effortlessly remove any moss on your roof and there won’t be any scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.
Don’t forget – using this method there is no damage to the tiles and there is no risk of flooding, unlike other manners of roof cleaning such as jet washing.
Another effective method is that of using chemicals. Utilising a fungicide/moss killer once the moss has been scraped off will permeate into the tile and most importantly into the gaps in the tiles targeting any lichen, tiny moss spores and all other organic growth on the tiles. This roof cleaning process can take some time after the excess moss has initially been dislodged but again there is no damage to the surface of the tile and by adding an application of bespoke chemicals this will stop the moss from returning for many years making this the best method.
How is it done?
We will supervise the roof with care and attention before starting any work, to establish the best cleaning method to use depending on your roof. Then we will consider what’s growing there and the how best to remove the growth. Next we can start to work on cleansing 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 improvement as time progresses.
Below are a few of the nearby places we cover
We cover most of Kent including all local places including:
Some things to consider.
We’ve already hinted at some other things to consider that can affect having your roof cleaned. So, let’s also consider the following.
- Size of house and the size of its 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 used.
- How accessible is the roof?
- Height of the roof.
Keeping everything we have just mentioned in mind, it is not worth risking serious damage to yourself or damage to your dwelling by attempting a DIY roof clean. Complete the free quote form or ring us for your quote, and leave it to the professionals.