Roof Cleaning Thurnham provides a complete roof cleaning service for private and business properties in Thurnham and surrounding villages/towns in Kent. Having your roof cleaned is a quick and easy improvement to make to the appearance of your house, by removing moss, lichen, dirt and more that has built up there.
As roofs become older and become more porous, they are gradually affected by moss and debris. Keeping your roof clean and without moss and algae is often quite difficult for the majority of homeowners and can become a major cause for issues.
Wouldn’t it be nice to have your roof looking like new again?
Why should I do it?
Large amounts of accumulation of moss and algae on the tiles on your roof and other natural growth could well cause you big problems with the roof and the durability of the tiles will in time be affected too. If you ignore your roof, you’ll find these plants will swiftly spread uncontrollably with their roots finding their way into vulnerable spots in the roof tiles, gradually widening them over time until cracks emerge. Like all living organisms they need water to thrive, and after it rains, they’ll behave like a sponge securing as much water as they possibly can. Once it finds its way in the cracks into your roof it might well cause serious and expensive destruction to the rafters and joists. Lastly you could well discover moss that has dislodged and fallen down the roof into your gutter which in time can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which penetrates and damages your fascia’s. In conclusion, having a roof cleaned is an important job for a number of reasons.
For many people though cleaning their roof is entirely an aesthetic preference and we can’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very unsightly due to organic growths like moss and lichen, and at that point a roof cleaning service is necessary. Roofs are also frequently discoloured and stained by a common place bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the natural appearance of your otherwise beautiful house. By all means, this bacteria growth is not unusual nonetheless it isn’t pleasant 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 months and years of seeing your roof get dirtier and dirtier wouldn’t it be brilliant to see it looking like brand new once more?
Next you might ask, “Is this a easy DIY job that I should attempt to do myself?” Let’s consider some evidence to recommend what the best way to do this is.
Should I just clean it alone?
The biggest reason why a lot of people haven’t attempted to clean their own roof is because it involves working at a height where many of us wouldn’t feel safe or comfortable. At these kinds of heights any kind of slip can lead to a very serious injury.
Additionally, many would assume getting your roof cleaned involves pressure washing but it doesn’t have to and let’s look at some reasons why preferably a roof should not be pressure washed. Jet washing may clear away moss from the roof, but the aggressive jets of water may disturb the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding the loft space and it’s more than likely that the moss will just grow back!
High pressure washing additionally affects the lifespan of the tiles which could mean more trouble further down the road with many tile manufacturing businesses also cautioning people against this manner of cleaning roofs.
Power washing a roof is the least ideal option as this can often dislodge or break fragile tiles due to the pressure of the jet washer but can also ruin your roof when walking on the tiles and disrupting the tiles.
Many cow-boy companies who attempt this kind of work, claim it is easy money and that it does not require any skill. Is there any truth in that? A service like this requires a degree of experience and skill that we can deliver. 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 needing to put yourself at unwanted risk.
Which are the best ways to have my roof cleaned?
It is best to have your roof cleaning done by a specialised cleaning company. One of the gentlest yet most effective ways to get rid of moss on your roof and clean your roof is by using the scraping approach. Using a 9″ scraper on a dry day will efficiently remove any moss on the roof leaving no scratch marks on the tiles .
Don’t forget – using this method there is no damage to the tiles and there is no flood risk, unlike other methods such as pressure washing.
Another effective method is to use chemicals. Applying a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been gently removed will absorb into the tile but most importantly into the overlaps of the tiles destroying any tiny moss spores, lichen and any other organic growth on the tiles. This procedure can take some time once the excess moss has initially been dislodged but again there is no damage to the surface of the tile and with the added application of bespoke chemicals this will hinder the moss from returning for several years making this the best method.
How is it done?
We will inspect the roof attentively before commencing any work, to establish the best cleaning method to use depending on your roof. Then we will consider what’s growing there and the best way to remove the growth. Next we can start to work on eradicating 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 improvement as time passes.
Below are a few of the nearby places we cover
We cover most of Kent and all local towns including:
A few factors to think about.
We’ve already looked at some other elements that can affect a roof cleaning service. So, let’s also consider the following.
- Size of dwelling and the area of the roof.
- The level of vegetation that is present on the roof.
- The type of roof – e.g. with a thatched roof, no water is involved.
- How accessible is the roof?
- How high is the roof?
Keeping everything we have just mentioned in mind, don’t risk serious insult to yourself or damage to your house by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Fill in the free quote form or call us for a free quote, and leave it to the professionals.