Roof Cleaning Stone offers a roof cleaning service for residential and commercial premises in Stone and surrounding towns and villages in Kent. Having your roof cleaned can be a relatively speedy way to improve the appearance of your house, by removing dirt, moss, lichen and anything else that has grown on your roof.
As a roof ages and become more porous, they are gradually affected by moss and debris. Keeping your roof clean and without moss and debris can be very difficult for the majority of owners and can become a constant source of problems.
Wouldn’t it be great to have your roof look brand new again?
Why should I have it cleaned?
Large amounts of build-up of moss and algae on roof tiles and other organic growth may cause big issues with the roof and the durability of the tiles will over time be compromised too. If you overlook your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will rapidly grow uncontrollably with their roots finding 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 after it rains, they’ll behave like a sponge retaining as much water as possible. As it works its way in the cracks into your roof it might well cause serious and costly deterioration to the rafters and joists. Finally you could well discover moss that has dislodged and rolled down the roof into your gutter which can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which damages and soaks into your fascia boards. Really then, getting your roof cleaned is an important service for many reasons.
For many people though cleaning their roof is solely an aesthetic preference and we can’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very unsightly due to organic growths like lichen and moss, and at that point a roof cleaning service is vital. Roofs are also frequently tarnished and stained by a prevalent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the natural appearance of your otherwise stunning home. By all means, this bacteria growth is not unusual nonetheless it isn’t attractive to see and gradually it can damage your roof. Comparing a clean roof and one that hasn’t been cleaned can be night and day. After years of seeing your roof get dirtier and dirtier wouldn’t it be great to see it looking like brand new again?
The next question is, “Is this a easy DIY job that I should have a go at doing myself?” Let’s look at some evidence to propose what the best way to do this is.
Couldn’t I just do this myself?
The biggest reason why most people don’t want to risk cleaning their own roof is since it usually means working at a height where most of us wouldn’t feel safe and secure. At these heights any sort of fall can lead to a very serious injury.
Also, many would expect having your roof cleaned involves pressure washing but it doesn’t need to and let’s look at some reasons why ideally a roof shouldn’t be pressure washed. Jet washing may get rid of moss from your roof, but the aggressive jets of water may damage the tiles or other roof fittings, risk flooding the loft space and it is highly likely that the moss will quickly grow back!
High pressure washing additionally affects the longevity of the tiles which could result in more trouble further down the road with the majority of tile manufacturing companies also advising against this form of roof cleaning.
Pressure washing a roof is the least popular option as this in many instances can disturb or break delicate tiles due to the pressure of the power washer but may also ruin your roof when walking on the tiles and disrupting the tiles.
Many rogue tradesmen who do this kind of work, claim it is easy money or that it doesn’t require any skill. How wrong can they be A service such as this requires a level of skill and attention that we can provide. Using the appropriate roof access equipment, the best tools and our skill and know-how we can provide for you a roof cleaning service that is worthwhile without you needing to put yourself in unnecessary danger.
What are the best ways to have my roof cleaned?
It is recommended that you have your roof cleaning done by a specialised cleaning company. One of the kindest yet most effective ways to get rid of moss on your roof and clean the roof is by employing the scraping approach. Using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will effortlessly remove any moss on the roof without leaving 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 flood risk, unlike other roof cleaning methods such as jet washing.
Another effective method is to use chemicals. Utilising a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been scraped off will permeate into the tile but most importantly into the overlaps of the tiles targeting 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 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 your roof carefully before starting any work, to determine the best approach to take depending on your roof. Then we will look at what’s growing there and the best way to remove the growth. We can then 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 immediate improvement and continued improvement over time.
Below are a few of the nearby areas we cover
We can cover the majority of Kent including all local towns including:
A few things to think about.
We’ve already hinted at some other factors that can affect a roof cleaning job. So, let’s also consider the following.
- Size of dwelling and the area of its roof.
- The level of vegetation that is currently on the roof.
- The type of roof – for example with a thatched roof, no water is involved.
- How accessible is the roof?
- Height of the roof.
Keeping the aforementioned points in mind, don’t risk serious injury to you or damage to your home by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Complete the quote form or ring us for a quote, and leave it to the pros.