Roof Cleaning Temple Ewell provides a roof cleaning service for private and business properties in Temple Ewell and surrounding villages/towns in Kent. Having your roof cleaned can be a simple improvement to make to the appearance of your home, by removing moss, lichen, dirt and anything else that has accumulated on your roof.
As a roof becomes older and become more porous, many become invaded by moss and dirt. Keeping your roof clean and without moss and algae is usually challenging for the majority of homeowners and becomes a source of issues.
Wouldn’t it be great to have your roof looking like new again?
Why do it?
A large build-up of dirt, moss on the tiles on your roof and other organic growth could well cause you big issues with your roof and the life-span of the tiles will over time be compromised too. If you neglect your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will rapidly grow uncontrollably with their roots finding their way into vulnerable spots in the roof tiles, steadily widening them throughout time until cracks become visible. Like all living organisms they need water to thrive, and once it has rained, they’ll behave like a sponge holding as much water as they possibly can. As it works its way through the cracks into your roof it might well cause serious and costly damage to the rafters and joists. Also you could well find moss that has come loose and rolled 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, having your roof cleaned is a required job for a number of reasons.
For many though cleaning their roof is entirely an aesthetic decision and we don’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very unattractive due to organic growths like lichen and moss, and this is when a roof cleaning service is needed. Roofs are also frequently tarnished and stained by a prevalent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the natural appearance of your otherwise charming dwelling. Of course, this bacteria growth is completely natural however it isn’t nice 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 watching your roof get progressively dirtier wouldn’t it be great to see it looking almost as good as new again?
The next question is, “Is this a easy DIY job that I should try to do myself?” Let’s look at some evidence to propose what the best possible solution is here.
Can I do this myself?
The most common reason why a lot of people haven’t attempted to clean their own roof is because it usually means working at a height where many of us wouldn’t feel comfortable or safe. At these kinds of heights any type of slip can lead to a very serious injury.
Additionally, a lot of people would think getting your roof cleaned involves pressure washing but it doesn’t need to and let’s look at some reasons why in most circumstances a roof should not be pressure washed. Jet washing may remove moss from your roof, but the high powered jets of water may dislodge the tiles or 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 mean more issues in the future with the majority of tile manufacturing companies also advising against this method of cleaning roofs.
Pressure washing your roof is the least popular option as this can often disrupt or break fragile tiles from the pressure of the power washer but may also damage your roof when walking on the tiles and disrupting the tiles.
Many dodgy companies who attempt this kind of work, think it is easy money and that it does not take any skill. How wrong can they be A job such as this requires a level of skill and care that we can deliver. Using proper roof access equipment, the right tools and our skill and understanding we can deliver a roof cleaning service that is worthwhile without you needing to put yourself in unnecessary danger.
Which is the best way to have my roof cleaned?
It is best to have your roof cleaned by a company that specialises in this area. One of the most gentle yet most beneficial ways to get rid of moss on your roof and clean your roof is by using the scraping approach. Using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will easily remove any moss on your roof leaving no scratch marks on the tiles .
Remember – with this approach the tiles are not damaged and there is no risk of flooding, unlike other roof cleaning methods such as high-powered pressure washing.
Another effective method is to use chemicals. Using a fungicide/moss killer once the moss has been gently removed will permeate into the tile and most importantly into the overlaps of the tiles killing off any tiny moss spores, lichen and any 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 there is no damage to the surface of the tile and with the added application of roof cleaning chemicals this will stop the moss from growing back for many years making this method the most worthwhile.
How is it done?
We will investigate your roof attentively before beginning 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 dislodge the growth. Then we can begin to work on purging the roof of organic colonising growths by getting deep into the root system of the moss and destroying the spores. You’ll notice an instant improvement and continued improvement as time progresses.
Here are a few of the areas we cover
We cover most of Kent as well as all local places including:
A few factors to think about.
We’ve already hinted at some other things to consider that can affect having your roof cleaned. So, look at the following.
- Size of house and the area of its roof.
- How much vegetation is currently 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, it is not worth risking serious insult to yourself or damage to your home by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Complete the quote form or call us for a quote, and leave it to the pros.