Roof Cleaning in Swanscombe

Roof Cleaning Swanscombe offers a complete roof cleaning service for private and commercial premises in Swanscombe and surrounding towns and villages in Kent. Having your roof cleaned can be a relatively speedy improvement to make to the appearance of your property, by getting rid of moss, dirt and more that has built up there.

As roofs become older and become more porous, they are gradually affected by moss and debris. Maintaining a roof that is clean and void of any moss and debris is often very difficult for most owners and may become a continual cause for issues.

Would it not be wonderful to have your roof looking like brand new again?

Roof Cleaning in Swanscombe

Why should I have it cleaned?

Dirty roof cleaning Swanscombe

A really serious accumulation of moss, dirt on roof tiles and other organic growth may cause you major issues with the roof and the life expectancy of the tiles will over time be affected too. If you neglect your roof, you’ll find these plants will swiftly grow uncontrollably with their roots creeping their way into weak spots in the tiles of the roof, progressively widening them throughout time until cracks become visible. Like all living organisms they need water to live, and when it rains, they’ll behave like a sponge holding as much water as possible. Once it finds its way in the cracks within your roof it could cause serious and expensive deterioration to the rafters and joists. Lastly you could well become aware of moss that has dislodged and rolled down the roof finding itself in your gutter which can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which saturates and damages your fascia’s. In conclusion, arranging to have your roof cleaned is a required service for a few reasons.

For a lot of people though cleaning their roof is solely an aesthetic choice and we can’t blame you for that! Roofs can become very dull due to organic growths like lichen and moss, and then a roof cleaning professional is necessary. Roofs are also often tarnished and stained by a frequent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the natural appearance of your otherwise beautiful home. By all means, this bacteria growth is not unusual however it isn’t pleasant to see and it can over time damage your roof. Comparing a clean roof and one that hasn’t been cleaned 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 as good as new like it used to?

Maybe you’re wondering, “Is this a straightforward DIY job that I should attempt to do myself?” Let’s consider some evidence to recommend what the best way to do this is.

Can I clean it alone?

Roof Cleaning yourself in Swanscombe

The biggest reason why most people don’t want to risk cleaning their own roof is the fact that it requires working at a height where many of us wouldn’t feel safe or comfortable. At these kinds of heights any type of tumble can result in a very serious injury.

Also, a lot of people would assume roof cleaning involves pressure washing but it doesn’t need to and here are some reasons why in most circumstances a roof shouldn’t be pressure washed. Pressure washing may clear away moss from your roof, but the intense jets of water may disturb the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding any loft spaces and it is highly likely that the moss will quickly grow back!

Jet washing additionally affects the lifespan of the tiles which could mean more issues in the future with many tile manufacturing companies also warning people against this method of cleaning roofs.
Pressure washing your roof is the least popular option as this in many instances can dislodge or break weak tiles due to the pressure of the power washer but can also damage your roof when walking on the tiles and disrupting the tiles.

Many dodgy tradesmen who carry out this kind of work, claim it’s easy money or that it does not take much skill. How wrong can they be A service like 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 know-how we can provide for you a roof cleaning service that pleases you without you having to put yourself in unnecessary danger.

What is the best way to clean my roof?

Roof Cleaning Swanscombe

It is best to have your roof cleaned by a specialised cleaning company. One of the kindest yet most beneficial 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 flake off any moss on the roof without leaving any scratch marks on the tiles .

Don’t forget – with this method the tiles are not damaged and there is no risk of flooding, unlike other methods such as high-powered pressure washing.

Another effective method is that of using chemicals. Applying a fungicide/moss killer once the moss has been scraped off will permeate into the tile but most importantly into the gaps in the tiles killing off 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 are unharmed and with the added application of specific chemicals this will stop the moss from growing back for several years making this the most worthwhile method.

How is it done?

We will inspect your roof attentively before commencing any work, to determine the best cleaning method to use depending on your roof. Then we will consider what’s growing there and the how best to clear out the growth. Then we can start 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 instant improvement and continued improvement as time passes.

Below are a few of the areas we cover

We can cover the majority of Kent and all surrounding towns including:

A few factors to think about.

We have already hinted at some other elements that can affect having your roof cleaned. Now, look at the following.

  • Size of dwelling and the area of its roof.
  • How much vegetation is growing on the roof.
  • Type of roof – for example with a thatched roof, no water is involved.
  • How accessible is the roof?
  • How high is the roof?

Keeping all of the above in mind, don’t risk serious injury to yourself or damage to your house by attempting a DIY roof clean. Complete the quote form or call us for a quote, and leave it to the pros.