Roof Cleaning St Peter’s offers a complete roof cleaning service for home and commercial properties in St Peter’s and surrounding towns and villages in Kent. Having your roof cleaned can be a quick and easy way to improve the look of your home, by removing moss, lichen, dirt and more that has built up there.
As roofs age and get more porous, many become invaded by moss, algae and dirt. Maintaining a roof that is clean and without moss and debris is often very difficult for the majority of homeowners and becomes a major source of problems.
Wouldn’t it be great to have your roof look brand new again?
Why should I do it?
A really serious accumulation of moss, dirt on roof tiles and other organic growth may cause serious issues with your roof and the durability of the tiles will eventually be compromised too. If you overlook your roof, you’ll find these plants will rapidly grow uncontrollably with their roots creeping their way into weak spots in the tiles of the roof, steadily widening them over time until cracks appear. Like all plants they need water to live, and when it rains, they’ll act like a sponge securing as much water as possible. As it works its way in the cracks within your roof it might well cause serious and expensive destruction to the rafters and joists. Also you could well become aware of moss that has dislodged and rolled down the roof finding itself in your gutter which in time can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which saturates and damages your fascia’s. Really then, arranging to have your roof cleaned is a necessary job for a number of reasons.
For a lot of people though cleaning their roof is purely an aesthetic choice and we don’t blame you for that! Roofs can become very unsightly because of organic growths like moss and lichen, and at that point a roof cleaning company is necessary. Roofs are also often tarnished and stained by a prevalent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the general appearance of your otherwise charming home. Of course, this bacteria growth is not unusual nonetheless it isn’t attractive to see and gradually it can damage your roof. The difference between a clean roof and one that needs cleaning can be night and day. After years of watching your roof get more and more dirty wouldn’t it be lovely to see it looking like brand new again?
The next question is, “Is this a easy DIY job that I should attempt to do myself?” Let’s consider some evidence to propose what the best way to do this is.
Can I just do this myself?
The biggest reason why most people haven’t attempted to clean their own roof is because it usually means working at a height where most of us wouldn’t feel safe and secure. At these kinds of heights any type of tumble can result in a very serious injury.
Plus, a lot 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 clear away moss from the roof, but the intense jets of water may dislodge the tiles or other roof fittings, risk flooding any loft spaces and it is highly likely that the moss will quickly grow back!
Power washing additionally affects the longevity of the tiles which could result in more issues further down the road with the majority of tile manufacturing companies also cautioning people against this manner of cleaning roofs.
Jet washing a roof is the least ideal option as this can often disrupt or break delicate 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 companies who do this kind of work, claim that it is easy money and that it doesn’t need much skill. How true is that? A job such as this requires a level of skill and care that we can assure. Using the appropriate roof access equipment, the best tools and our skill and understanding we can deliver a roof cleaning service that is worthwhile without you needing to put yourself at unwanted risk.
Which are the best ways to clean my roof?
It is best to have your roof cleaning done by a company that specialises in this area. One of the kindest yet most effective ways to clear away roof moss and clean the roof is by employing the scraping method. By using a 9″ scraper on a dry day will efficiently flake off any moss on the roof leaving no 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 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 overlaps of the tiles destroying any lichen, tiny moss spores and all other organic growth on the tiles. This roof cleaning process can take some time once the excess moss has initially been removed but again the tiles remain intact and with the added application of specific chemicals this will prevent the moss from growing back for many years making this the best method.
What is the process?
We will investigate the roof with care and attention before commencing 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 dislodge the growth. We can then start to work on eradicating your roof of organic colonising growths by getting right into the root system of the moss and killing the spores. You’ll notice an instant improvement and continued improvement over time.
Here are some of the local areas we cover
We can cover most of Kent and all nearby places including:
A few factors to think about.
We’ve already considered some other things to consider that can affect having your roof cleaned. So, consider just a few more.
- Size of house and the size of its roof.
- The level of vegetation that is present on the roof.
- Type of roof – e.g. in the case of a thatched roof, no water is involved.
- How accessible is the roof?
- Height of the roof.
Keeping all of the above in mind, don’t risk serious injury to you or dis-repair to your house by attempting a DIY roof clean. Fill out the quote form or give us a call for your free quote, and leave it to us.