Roof Cleaning Tonbridge offers a complete roof cleaning service for home and commercial premises in Tonbridge and surrounding areas in Kent. Roof cleaning can be a speedy way to improve the appearance of your property, by getting rid of moss and more that has grown up there.
As roofs age and get more porous, they are often invaded by moss and debris. Maintaining a roof that is clean and without moss is often challenging for the majority of owners and may become a constant issues.
Wouldn’t it be great to have your roof look new again?
Why should I have it cleaned?
A really serious build-up of moss and algae on your roof and other organic growth is likely to cause you major issues with the roof and the life-span of the tiles will eventually 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 weak spots in the roof tiles, gradually widening them over time until cracks become visible. Like all plants they need water to thrive, 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 may well cause serious and expensive deterioration to the rafters and joists. Also you could well become aware of moss that has come loose and rolled down the roof into your gutter which can result in overflowing rainwater from your gutter which damages and soaks into your fascia’s. Really then, getting a roof cleaned is an important job for a number of reasons.
For many people though getting their roof cleaned is entirely an aesthetic decision and we don’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very unattractive because of organic growths like lichen and moss, and then a roof cleaning company is necessary. Roofs are also often tarnished and stained by a common place bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the natural appearance of your otherwise beautiful dwelling. Without a doubt, this bacteria growth is not unusual nonetheless it isn’t attractive 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 years of watching your roof get more and more dirty wouldn’t it be great to see it looking like brand new once more?
Maybe you’re wondering, “Is this a easy DIY job that I should attempt to do myself?” Let’s consider some evidence to suggest what the best possible solution is here.
Couldn’t I do this alone?
The most common reason why most people haven’t attempted to clean their own roof is since 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 wound.
Plus, lots of people would assume having your roof cleaned requires pressure washing but it doesn’t have to and here are some reasons why ideally a roof should not be pressure washed. Jet washing may clear away moss from the roof, but the intense jets of water may damage the tiles or other roof fittings, risk flooding the loft space and it’s more than likely that the moss will just grow back!
Power washing additionally affects the lifespan of the tiles which could result in more issues in the future with many tile manufacturing companies also warning people against this manner of cleaning roofs.
Power washing your roof is the least ideal option as this could disturb or break weak tiles from the pressure of the jet washer but can also ruin your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many cow-boy tradesmen who attempt this kind of work, claim that it is easy money or 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 correct 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 needless risk.
What are the best ways to have my roof cleaned?
It is recommended that you have your roof cleaned by a company that specialises in this area. One of the most gentle yet most effective ways to clear away roof moss and clean your roof is by using the scraping approach. By using a 9″ scraper on a dry day will effortlessly flake off any moss on your roof and there won’t be any scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.
As previously stated – using this approach the tiles are not damaged and there is no risk of flooding, unlike other roof cleaning methods such as jet washing.
Another effective method is to use chemicals. Applying a fungicide/moss killer once the moss has been scraped off will permeate 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 procedure can take some time after the excess moss has initially been dislodged but again the tiles remain intact and by adding an application of bespoke chemicals this will hinder the moss from returning for many years making this the most worthwhile method.
How is it done?
We will inspect your roof carefully before starting any work, to identify the best course of action depending on your roof. Then we will look at what’s growing there and the how best to remove the growth. Then we can start to work on cleansing 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 over time.
Below are some of the nearby places we cover
We cover most of Kent including all local areas including:
A few things to think about.
We have already hinted at some other factors that can affect a roof cleaning job. So, let’s also consider the following.
- Size of dwelling and the size of its roof.
- The level of vegetation that is growing on the roof.
- The type of roof – for example with a thatched roof, no water is used.
- Accessibility of the roof.
- How high is the roof?
Keeping everything we have just mentioned in mind, it is not worth risking serious injury to yourself or dis-repair to your dwelling by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Complete the quote form or ring us for a quote, and leave it to us.