Roof Cleaning Tovil offers a roof cleaning service for residential and commercial properties in Tovil and surrounding villages/towns in Kent. Roof cleaning is a speedy way of improving the look of your home, by getting rid of moss and more that has built up there.
As roofs become older and get more porous, they are often invaded by moss and debris. Maintaining a roof that is clean and free of moss is often challenging for most householders and can become a cause for annoyance.
Wouldn’t it be nice to have your roof looking like new again?
Why should I have it cleaned?
A large accumulation of dirt, moss on roof tiles and other organic growth is likely to cause serious issues with your roof and the life-span of the tiles will eventually be compromised too. If you ignore your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will rapidly grow out of control with their roots working their way into weak spots in the tiles of the roof, steadily widening them throughout time until cracks become visible. Like all plants they need water to thrive, and once it has rained, they’ll act like a sponge retaining as much water as possible. Once it finds its way through the cracks into your roof it may well cause serious and costly destruction to the rafters and joists. Finally you could well find moss that has come loose and rolled down the roof finding itself in your gutter which can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which damages and soaks into your fascia’s. Really then, arranging to have a roof cleaned is a required job for a number of reasons.
For many people though getting their roof cleaned is entirely an aesthetic preference and we can’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very unattractive due to organic growths like moss and lichen, and at that point a roof cleaning professional is necessary. Roofs are also often discoloured and stained by a frequent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the natural appearance of your otherwise stunning house. By all means, this bacteria growth is completely natural however it isn’t pleasant to look at and gradually it can damage your roof. The difference between a clean roof and one that needs a clean can be night and day. After years of seeing your roof get dirtier and dirtier wouldn’t it be lovely to see it looking almost as good as new again?
Next you might ask, “Is this a straightforward DIY job that I should try to do myself?” Let’s consider some evidence to recommend what the best possible solution is here.
Couldn’t I just clean it alone?
The biggest reason why most people don’t want to risk cleaning their own roof is since it requires working at a height where a lot of us wouldn’t feel comfortable or safe. At these heights any kind of tumble can result in a very serious injury.
Plus, lots of people would assume roof cleaning involves pressure washing but it doesn’t need to and here are 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 dislodge the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding any loft spaces and there is a good chance that the moss will simply grow back!
Power washing also affects the lifespan of the tiles which could result in more problems in the future with most tile manufacturing businesses also advising against this method of cleaning roofs.
Pressure washing a roof is the least popular option as this can often disrupt or break fragile tiles from the pressure of the jet washer but may also damage your roof when walking on the tiles and disrupting the tiles.
Many cow-boy tradesmen who do this kind of work, think that it is easy money and that it does not require a lot of skill. How true is that? A job like this requires a level of skill and attention that we can provide. Using proper roof access equipment, the right tools and our experience and know-how we can provide for you a roof cleaning service that pleases you without you having to put yourself in unnecessary danger.
Which are the best ways to clean my roof?
It is best to have your roof cleaned by a specialised cleaning company. One of the gentlest yet most effective ways to get rid of moss on your roof and clean the roof is by using the scraping approach. By using a 9″ scraper on a dry day will effortlessly remove any moss on the roof without leaving any scratch marks on the tiles .
Remember – with this method the tiles are not damaged and there is no risk of flooding, unlike other methods such as jet washing.
One more effective method is that of using chemicals. Utilising a fungicide/moss killer once the moss has been gently removed will absorb into the tile and most importantly into the gaps in the tiles targeting any lichen, tiny moss spores and any other organic growth on the tiles. This procedure can take some time once the excess moss has initially been removed but again the tiles remain intact and by adding an application of bespoke chemicals this will stop the moss from returning for several years making this method the most worthwhile.
How is it done?
We will supervise your roof carefully before starting any work, to determine the best cleaning method to use depending on your roof. Then we will assess what’s growing there and the best way to remove the growth. Then 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 change as time progresses.
Here are a few of the areas we cover
We can cover the majority of Kent including all surrounding areas including:
A few things to consider.
We’ve already hinted at some other elements that can affect having your roof cleaned. So, let’s also consider the following.
- Size of house and the size of its roof.
- The level of vegetation that is currently on the roof.
- Type of roof – e.g. with a thatched roof, no water is used.
- How accessible is the roof?
- How high is the roof?
Keeping all of the above in mind, don’t risk serious insult to yourself or dis-repair to your dwelling by attempting a DIY roof clean. Fill out the free quote form or give us a call for a free quote, and leave it to the pros.