Roof Cleaning Swanley provides a professional roof cleaning service for home and commercial properties in Swanley and surrounding areas in Kent. Roof cleaning is a relatively quick and easy way of improving the appearance of your home, by getting rid of moss and anything else that has built up up there.
As a roof becomes older and become more porous, many become affected by moss and dirt. Keeping the roof clean and void of any moss and debris may be challenging for many householders and becomes a continual cause for issues.
Would it not be great to have your roof look brand new again?
Why have it cleaned?
Large amounts of build-up of moss and algae on the tiles on your roof and other organic growth could well cause major issues with your roof and the durability of the tiles will over time 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 vulnerable spots in the roof tiles, progressively widening them throughout time until cracks become visible. Like all plants they need water to live, and once it has rained, they’ll work 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 expensive deterioration to the rafters and joists. Finally you could well find moss that has come loose 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. Really then, getting your roof cleaned is a required job for many reasons.
For many though getting their roof cleaned is solely an aesthetic choice and we can’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very dull due to organic growths like lichen and moss, and then a roof cleaning company is necessary. Roofs are also frequently discoloured and stained by a prevalent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the general appearance of your otherwise beautiful home. By all means, this bacteria growth is not unusual but after all 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 years of watching your roof get dirtier and dirtier wouldn’t it be great to see it looking like brand new once more?
The next question is, “Is this a straightforward 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.
Can I just do this myself?
The biggest reason why most people don’t clean their own roof is the fact that it involves working at a height where most of us wouldn’t feel comfortable or safe. At these kinds of heights any kind of tumble can result in a very serious injury.
Plus, a lot of people would expect getting your roof cleaned requires pressure washing but it doesn’t have 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 aggressive jets of water may dislodge the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding the loft space and there is a good chance that the moss will quickly grow back!
Power washing additionally affects the lifespan of the tiles which could mean more trouble in the future with most tile manufacturing companies also cautioning people against this form of roof cleaning.
Jet washing your roof is the least popular option as this could disrupt or break delicate tiles due to the pressure of the jet washer but may also harm your roof when walking on the tiles and disrupting the tiles.
Many rogue tradespeople who attempt this kind of work, reckon that it is easy money or that it does not need any skill. How true is that? A job 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 skill and understanding we can deliver a roof cleaning service that pleases you without you needing to put yourself at unwanted risk.
What are the best ways to clean my roof?
It is recommended that you have your roof cleaned by a specialised cleaning company. One of the gentlest yet most beneficial ways to get rid of moss on your roof and clean your roof is by employing the scraping method. By using a 9″ scraper on a dry day will effortlessly flake off any moss on the roof without leaving any scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.
As previously stated – using this method the tiles are not damaged and there is no flood risk, unlike other methods such as jet washing.
Another effective method is that of using chemicals. Applying a fungicide/moss killer once the moss has been gently removed will absorb into the tile but most importantly into the gaps in the tiles destroying any tiny moss spores, lichen and any other organic growth on the tiles. This step can take some time after the excess moss has initially been removed but again the tiles remain intact and with the added application of specific chemicals this will stop the moss from returning for several years making this the most worthwhile method.
How is it done?
We will supervise the roof carefully before beginning any work, to establish the best approach to take depending on your roof. Then we will look at what’s growing there and the best approach to take to dislodge the growth. Then we can start to work on purging your roof of organic colonising growths by getting deep into the root system of the moss and killing the spores. You’ll notice an instant improvement and continued change as time passes.
Here are a few of the nearby areas we cover
We cover the majority of Kent as well as all surrounding places including:
Some factors to think about.
We have already hinted at some other factors that can affect having your roof cleaned. So, consider just a few more.
- Size of house and the size of the roof.
- How much vegetation is currently on the roof.
- The type of roof – e.g. with a thatched roof, no water is involved.
- How accessible is the roof?
- Height of the roof.
Keeping all of the above in mind, it is not worth risking serious insult to you or dis-repair to your dwelling by attempting a DIY roof clean. Fill in the quote form or ring us for your free quote, and leave it to the professionals.