Roof Cleaning in Upchurch

Roof Cleaning Upchurch provides a complete roof cleaning service for residential and business properties in Upchurch and surrounding areas in Kent. Having your roof cleaned can be a speedy way of improving the look of your house, by clearing moss, lichen, dirt and anything else that has grown on your roof.

As a roof ages and become more porous, they are often affected by algae, moss and dirt. Maintaining a roof that is clean and void of any moss and dirt may be quite difficult for many householders and becomes a major annoyance.

Wouldn’t it be nice to have your roof look new again?

Roof Cleaning in Upchurch

Why should I have it cleaned?

Dirty roof cleaning Upchurch

Large amounts of build-up of dirt, moss on the tiles on your roof and other organic growth is likely to cause you serious problems with your roof and the durability of the tiles will in time be affected too. If you ignore your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will swiftly spread uncontrollably with their roots creeping their way into weaknesses in the roof tiles, progressively widening them over the course of time until cracks emerge. Like all plants they need water to thrive, and once it has rained, they’ll act like a sponge holding as much water as they possibly can. As it finds its way in the cracks into your roof it might well cause serious and costly destruction to the rafters and joists. Lastly you could well discover moss that has come loose and rolled down the roof finding itself in your gutter which can result in overflowing rainwater from your gutter which damages and soaks into your fascia boards. Really then, getting a roof cleaned is a necessary service for a number of reasons.

For a lot of people though getting their roof cleaned is purely an aesthetic decision and we can’t blame you for that! Roofs can become very unattractive because of organic growths like lichen and moss, and at that point a roof cleaning company is necessary. Roofs are also often discoloured and stained by an everyday bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the familiar appearance of your otherwise charming house. By all means, this bacteria growth is completely natural nonetheless it isn’t attractive to see and it can over time damage your roof. Comparing a clean roof and one that needs a clean can be night and day. After years of observing your roof get dirtier and dirtier wouldn’t it be great to see it looking almost as good as new once more?

Next you might ask, “Is this a simple DIY job that I should try to do myself?” Let’s consider some evidence to suggest what the best possible solution is here.

Should I do this myself?

Roof Cleaning yourself in Upchurch

The biggest reason why a lot of people don’t clean their own roof is because 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 injury.

Additionally, lots of people would assume getting your roof cleaned involves pressure washing but it doesn’t have to and here are some reasons why in most circumstances a roof shouldn’t be pressure washed. Jet washing may remove moss from your roof, but the intense jets of water may damage the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding a loft and it is highly likely that the moss will just grow back!

High pressure washing additionally affects the lifespan of the tiles which could mean more problems in the future with most tile manufacturing companies also cautioning people against this method of cleaning roofs.
Jet washing your roof is the least ideal option as this could dislodge or break frail tiles due to the pressure of the jet washer but may also harm your roof when walking on the tiles and disrupting the tiles.

Many cow-boy tradesmen who do this kind of work, claim it’s easy money or that it doesn’t need much skill. How true is that? A job like this requires a degree of experience and skill that we can deliver. Using proper roof access equipment, the right tools and our skill and know-how we can deliver a roof cleaning service that you are happy with without you having to put yourself at needless risk.

Which are the best ways to have my roof cleaned?

Roof Cleaning Upchurch

It is recommended that you have your roof cleaning done by a specialised cleaning company. One of the most gentle yet most effective ways to clear away moss on your roof and clean your roof is by using the scraping approach. Using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will effortlessly remove any moss on the roof without leaving any scratch marks on the tiles .

Remember – using this method the tiles are not damaged and there is no risk of flooding, unlike other methods such as pressure washing.

Another effective method is to use chemicals. Utilising a fungicide/moss killer once the moss has been scraped off will absorb 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 once the excess moss has initially been scraped away but again there is no damage to the surface of the tile and by adding an application of specific chemicals this will hinder the moss from growing back for many years making this the best method.

How is it done?

We will investigate the roof carefully before commencing any work, to determine the best course of action depending on your roof. Then we will consider what’s growing there and the how best to remove the growth. We can then start to work on purging your roof of organic colonising growths by getting deep into the root system of the moss and killing the spores. You’ll notice an immediate improvement and continued improvement as time progresses.

Below are a few of the places we cover

We cover the majority of Kent including all nearby areas including:

A few factors to think about.

We’ve already considered some other factors that can affect a roof cleaning service. So, let’s also consider the following.

  • Size of dwelling and the area of its roof.
  • How much vegetation is present on the roof.
  • Type of roof – for example in the case of a thatched roof, no water is used.
  • How accessible is the roof?
  • Height of the roof.

Keeping the aforementioned points in mind, it is not worth risking serious insult to you or dis-repair to your home by attempting a DIY roof clean. Complete the quote form or ring us for a free quote, and leave it to the professionals.