Roof Cleaning Strood provides a full roof cleaning service for home and business premises in Strood and surrounding villages/towns in Kent. Roof cleaning can be a quick and easy way to improve the appearance of your home, by getting rid of moss and anything else that has accumulated on your roof.
As roofs become older and become more porous, they are gradually affected by moss and debris. Keeping the roof clean and free of moss is usually very difficult for most homeowners and can become a cause for issues.
Would it not be great to have your roof looking like new again?
Why have it cleaned?
A large accumulation of dirt, moss on your roof and other natural growth may cause you serious problems with the roof and the durability of the tiles will over time be affected too. If you neglect your roof, you’ll find these plants will quickly grow out of control with their roots creeping their way into vulnerable spots in the tiles of the roof, progressively widening them throughout time until cracks emerge. Like all plants they need water to survive, and after 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. Lastly you could well find moss that has come loose 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 truth, having a roof cleaned is a required service for a number of reasons.
For a lot of people though wanting a clean roof is entirely an aesthetic choice and we don’t blame you for that! Roofs can become very unattractive because of organic growths like moss and lichen, and then a roof cleaning company is vital. Roofs are also often discoloured and stained by an everyday bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the natural appearance of your otherwise beautiful home. Without a doubt, this bacteria growth is completely natural but after all it isn’t pleasant to look at and after a while it can damage your roof. The difference between a clean roof and one that needs a clean can be night and day. After years of observing your roof get progressively dirtier wouldn’t it be great to see it looking almost as good as new once more?
Next you might ask, “Is this a easy DIY job that I should have a go at doing myself?” Let’s consider some evidence to propose what the best possible solution is here.
Could I just clean it myself?
The most common 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 heights any type of slip can lead to a very serious wound.
Plus, a lot of people would assume roof cleaning requires pressure washing but it doesn’t need to and let’s look at some reasons why preferably a roof shouldn’t be pressure washed. Pressure 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 a loft and it’s more than likely that the moss will quickly grow back!
Jet 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 warning people against this form of cleaning roofs.
Power washing a roof is the least ideal option as this can often disturb or break fragile tiles due to the pressure of the jet washer but can also harm your roof when walking on the tiles and disrupting the tiles.
Many dodgy tradespeople who carry out this kind of work, reckon that it is easy money and that it doesn’t require much skill. Is there any truth in that? A job like this requires a degree of experience and skill that we can assure. Using proper roof access equipment, the right tools and our experience and know-how we can deliver a roof cleaning service that is worthwhile 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 cleaned by a specialised cleaning company. One of the kindest yet most beneficial ways to remove roof moss and clean your roof is by employing the scraping method. Using a 9″ scraper on a dry day will effortlessly remove any moss on the roof and there won’t be 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 methods such as high-powered pressure washing.
Another effective method is the use of chemicals. Utilising a fungicide/moss killer once the moss has been scraped off will soak into the tile and most importantly into the overlaps of the tiles targeting any lichen, tiny moss spores and any other organic growth on the tiles. This step can take some time after the excess moss has initially been scraped away but again there is no damage to the surface of the tile and with the added application of roof cleaning chemicals this will impede the moss from returning for several years making this method the most worthwhile.
What is the process?
We will supervise your roof carefully before beginning any work, to establish the best approach to take depending on your roof. Then we will consider what’s growing there and the how best to dislodge the growth. We can then begin to work on cleansing the roof of organic colonising growths by getting deep into the moss root system and destroying the spores. You’ll notice an instant improvement and continued improvement over time.
Below are some of the areas we cover
We cover the majority of Kent and all nearby places including:
A few factors to think about.
We’ve already considered some other factors that can affect a roof cleaning job. Now, let’s also consider the following.
- Size of dwelling and the area of the roof.
- How much vegetation is growing on the roof.
- The type of roof – e.g. in the case of a thatched roof, no water is involved.
- Accessibility of the roof.
- How high is the roof?
Keeping the aforementioned points in mind, it is not worth risking serious injury to you or dis-repair to your home by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Fill in the free quote form or give us a call for a free quote, and leave it to the professionals.