Roof Cleaning Sundridge offer a roof cleaning service for residential and commercial properties in Sundridge and surrounding areas in Kent. Getting your roof cleaned is a speedy way of improving the look of your home, by removing dirt, moss, lichen and anything else that has built up up there.
As roofs age and get more porous, they are often invaded by moss, algae and dirt. Keeping your roof clean and without moss and dirt may be very difficult for most owners and becomes a constant issues.
Would it not be nice to have your roof look new again?
Why have it cleaned?
A large accumulation of moss and algae on the tiles on your roof and other natural growth could well cause serious issues with the roof and the life expectancy of the tiles will in time be compromised too. If you neglect your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will swiftly spread uncontrollably with their roots creeping their way into weak spots in the tiles of the roof, progressively widening them over time until cracks emerge. Like all plants they need water to live, and after it rains, they’ll work like a sponge retaining as much water as possible. As it finds its way in the cracks within your roof it could cause serious and costly destruction to the rafters and joists. Lastly you could well find moss that has dislodged and fallen down the roof ending up in your gutter which in time can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which saturates and damages your fascia boards. In conclusion, getting a roof cleaned is a required job for many reasons.
For many 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 lichen and moss, and this is when a roof cleaning company is needed. Roofs are also periodically tarnished and stained by a common place bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the familiar appearance of your otherwise stunning home. Of course, this bacteria growth is not unusual however it isn’t attractive to see and it can over time damage your roof. The difference between a clean roof and one that needs a clean can be night and day. After months and years of watching your roof get more and more dirty wouldn’t it be great to see it looking almost as good as new once more?
Maybe you’re wondering, “Is this a straightforward DIY job that I should have a go at doing myself?” Let’s consider some evidence to suggest what the best possible solution is here.
Could I clean it myself?
The biggest reason why most people don’t clean their own roof is because it requires working at a height where many of us wouldn’t feel safe or comfortable. At these heights any kind of tumble can result in a very serious injury.
Additionally, lots of people would think having your roof cleaned involves pressure washing however it doesn’t have to and let’s look at some reasons why in most circumstances a roof shouldn’t be pressure washed. Jet washing may clear away moss from your roof, but the intense jets of water may dislodge the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding any loft spaces and there is a good chance that the moss will quickly grow back!
High pressure washing additionally affects the longevity of the tiles which could mean more problems further down the road with the majority of tile manufacturing companies also advising against this form of roof cleaning.
Jet washing your roof is the least ideal option as this can often dislodge or break frail tiles from the pressure of the power washer but may also harm your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many dodgy tradespeople who carry out this kind of work, think that it is easy money or that it does not require a lot of skill. How true is that? A service like this requires a level of skill and care that we can assure. Using proper roof access equipment, the correct tools and our experience and know-how we can deliver a roof cleaning service that pleases you without you having to put yourself at needless risk.
Which are the best ways to have my roof cleaned?
It is best to have your roof cleaned by a company that specialises in this area. One of the gentlest yet most effective ways to get rid of moss on your roof and clean the roof is by using the scraping approach. Using a 9″ scraper on a dry day 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 approach the tiles are not damaged and there is no risk of flooding, unlike other methods such as pressure washing.
One more effective method is the use of 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 any other organic growth on the tiles. This roof cleaning process can take some time after the excess moss has initially been scraped away but again the tiles remain intact and by adding an application of roof cleaning chemicals this will impede the moss from growing back for several years making this the most worthwhile method.
How is it done?
We will inspect your roof with care and attention before starting any work, to determine the best course of action depending on your roof. Then we will consider what’s growing there and the best way to remove the growth. Then we can begin to work on eradicating the roof of organic colonising growths by getting deep into the moss root system and eliminating the spores. You’ll notice an immediate improvement and continued improvement over time.
Below are some of the areas we cover
We can cover the majority of Kent and all surrounding areas including:
Some factors to consider.
We have already looked at some other factors that can affect having your roof cleaned. Now, consider just a few more.
- 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 used.
- Accessibility of the roof.
- Height of the roof.
Keeping the aforementioned points in mind, don’t risk serious damage to yourself or dis-repair to your dwelling by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Complete the quote form or call us for a quote, and leave it to the professionals.