Roof Cleaning Tankerton provides a roof cleaning service for private and commercial premises in Tankerton and surrounding towns and villages in Kent. Having your roof cleaned is a relatively quick and easy way to improve the look of your house, by getting rid of moss, dirt and more that has grown there.
As roofs age and get more porous, many become affected by moss and debris. Keeping your roof clean and void of any moss and algae can be very difficult for many householders and may become a continual issues.
Would it not be great to have your roof looking like brand new again?
Why should I have it cleaned?
A really serious accumulation of moss and algae on your roof and other organic growth may cause major issues with your roof and the durability of the tiles will eventually be affected too. If you neglect your roof, you’ll find these plants will quickly spread out of control with their roots finding their way into vulnerable spots in the roof tiles, progressively widening them over time until cracks appear. Like all living organisms they need water to thrive, and once it has rained, they’ll behave like a sponge securing as much water as they can. As it works its way through the cracks within your roof it may well cause serious and expensive damage to the rafters and joists. Also you could well discover moss that has dislodged and fallen down the roof finding itself in your gutter which can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which saturates and damages your fascia boards. In truth, arranging to have a roof cleaned is a required service for a number of reasons.
For many people though getting their roof cleaned is solely an aesthetic choice and we don’t blame you for that! Roofs can become very unattractive due to organic growths like moss and lichen, and then a roof cleaning service is needed. Roofs are also often tarnished and stained by a common place bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the general appearance of your otherwise beautiful dwelling. Of course, this bacteria growth is not unusual nonetheless 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 hasn’t been cleaned can be night and day. After months and years of observing your roof get dirtier and dirtier wouldn’t it be lovely to see it looking as good as new like it used to?
The next question is, “Is this a easy DIY job that I should attempt to do myself?” Let’s look at some evidence to suggest what the best possible solution is here.
Couldn’t I clean it alone?
The most common reason why a lot of people don’t want to risk cleaning their own roof is the fact that it involves working at a height where many of us wouldn’t feel comfortable or safe. At these heights any kind of tumble can lead to a very serious wound.
Also, a lot of people would assume getting your roof cleaned involves pressure washing however it doesn’t need to and let’s look at some reasons why in most circumstances a roof shouldn’t be pressure washed. High pressure cleaning may get rid of moss from the roof, but the intense jets of water may disturb the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding the loft space and it is highly likely that the moss will just grow back!
Jet washing also affects the lifespan of the tiles which could result in more problems further down the road with the majority of tile manufacturing companies also advising against this form of roof cleaning.
Power washing your roof is the least popular option as this in many instances can disturb or break frail tiles due to the pressure of the power washer but could also damage your roof when walking on the tiles and disrupting the tiles.
Many cow-boy tradespeople who carry out this kind of work, think that it is easy money and that it does not need any skill. How wrong can they be A job such as this requires a degree of skill and care that we can deliver. Using the correct roof access equipment, the right tools and our skill and know-how we can provide for you a roof cleaning service that you are happy with without you having to put yourself at unwanted risk.
What is the best way to clean my roof?
It is best to have your roof cleaning done 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 using the scraping method. By using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will effortlessly flake off any moss on the roof without leaving any scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.
As previously stated – with this approach the tiles are not damaged and there is no flood risk, unlike other methods such as high-powered pressure washing.
Another effective method is to use 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 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 dislodged but again the tiles are unharmed and by adding an application of roof cleaning chemicals this will stop the moss from returning for several years making this the most worthwhile method.
How is it done?
We will investigate the roof attentively before starting any work, to identify the best cleaning method to use depending on your roof. Then we will look at what’s growing there and the best approach to take to clear out the growth. Next we can start to work on eradicating the roof of organic colonising growths by getting right into the root system of the moss and destroying the spores. You’ll notice an instant improvement and continued improvement as time passes.
Here are a few of the local areas we cover
We cover the majority of Kent and all nearby places including:
A few factors to consider.
We have already looked at some other things to consider that can affect having your roof cleaned. So, look at the following.
- Size of house and the size of the roof.
- How much vegetation is currently on the roof.
- Type of roof – e.g. with a thatched roof, no water is involved.
- Accessibility of the roof.
- How high is the roof?
Keeping all of the above in mind, it is not worth risking serious insult to yourself or dis-repair to your dwelling by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Fill in the quote form or call us for a free quote, and leave it to the pros.