Roof Cleaning Walderslade offer a roof cleaning service for home and commercial properties in Walderslade and surrounding towns and villages in Kent. Roof cleaning is a quick way to improve the appearance of your home, by clearing moss, lichen, dirt and anything else that has grown there.
As roofs become older and become more porous, many become invaded by moss, algae and dirt. Maintaining a roof that is clean and void of any moss can be very difficult for many householders and may become a major source of issues.
Wouldn’t it be nice to have your roof look brand new again?
Why should I have it cleaned?
Large amounts of build-up of dirt, moss on your roof and other organic growth is likely to cause you major issues with your roof and the life-span of the tiles will over time be affected too. If you overlook your roof, you’ll find these plants will rapidly grow uncontrollably with their roots finding their way into vulnerable spots in the tiles of the roof, progressively widening them throughout time until cracks emerge. Like all living organisms they need water to survive, and after it rains, they’ll behave like a sponge retaining as much water as possible. Once it finds its way in the cracks within your roof it may well cause serious and costly damage to the rafters and joists. Finally you could well become aware of moss that has dislodged and fallen down the roof ending up in your gutter which can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which penetrates and damages your fascia’s. In truth, getting a roof cleaned is a required service for a few reasons.
For many though getting their roof cleaned is simply an aesthetic choice and we don’t blame you for that! Roofs can become very unattractive due to organic growths like lichen and moss, and then a roof cleaning company is needed. Roofs are also often discoloured and stained by an everyday bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the natural appearance of your otherwise beautiful home. By all means, this bacteria growth is completely natural nonetheless 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 needs a clean can be night and day. After months and years of seeing your roof get progressively dirtier wouldn’t it be brilliant to see it looking as good as new again?
Maybe you’re wondering, “Is this a easy DIY job that I should attempt to do myself?” Let’s look at some evidence to recommend what the best way to do this is.
Should I just clean it alone?
The most common reason why most people don’t want to risk cleaning their own roof is because it usually means working at a height where a lot of us wouldn’t feel safe or comfortable. At these heights any type of slip can lead to a very serious wound.
Additionally, many would think roof cleaning involves pressure washing however it doesn’t need to and here are some reasons why ideally a roof should not be pressure washed. Pressure washing may get rid of moss from the roof, but the high powered jets of water may damage the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding the loft space and there is a good chance that the moss will simply grow back!
High pressure washing also affects the lifespan of the tiles which could result in more trouble in the future with many tile manufacturing businesses also cautioning people against this manner of roof cleaning.
Jet washing a roof is the least popular option as this could disrupt or break weak tiles due to the pressure of the power washer but could also ruin your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many dodgy tradespeople who do this kind of work, reckon it is easy money and that it doesn’t take a lot of skill. How true is that? A service such as this requires a level of skill and attention that we can provide. Using the correct roof access equipment, the right tools and our skill and understanding we can provide for you a roof cleaning service that pleases you without you needing to put yourself in unnecessary danger.
What are the best ways to clean my roof?
It is best to have your roof cleaning done by a company that specialises in this area. One of the most gentle yet most effective ways to remove roof moss and clean your roof is by employing the scraping approach. Using a 9″ scraper on a dry day will effortlessly remove any moss on your roof and there won’t be any scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.
Remember – with this method there is no damage to the tiles and there is no flood risk, unlike other manners of roof cleaning such as pressure washing.
Another effective method is that of using chemicals. Utilising a fungicide/moss killer once the moss has been gently removed will absorb into the tile but most importantly into the gaps in the tiles targeting any lichen, tiny moss spores and all other organic growth on the tiles. This step 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 roof cleaning chemicals this will prevent the moss from growing back for several years making this method the most worthwhile.
How is it done?
We will supervise the roof carefully before starting any work, to establish the best approach to take depending on your roof. Then we will assess what’s growing there and the best way to dislodge the growth. Next we can start to work on eradicating your roof of organic colonising growths by getting right into the moss root system and eliminating the spores. You’ll notice an improvement straight away and continued improvement as time passes.
Below are a few of the local towns and villages we cover
We cover most of Kent and all nearby places including:
A few factors to think about.
We’ve already looked at some other factors that can affect having your roof cleaned. So, consider just a few more.
- Size of dwelling and the size of the roof.
- How much vegetation is present on the roof.
- The type of roof – for example in the case of a thatched roof, no water is used.
- How accessible is the roof?
- How high is the roof?
Keeping the aforementioned points in mind, it is not worth risking serious injury to yourself or dis-repair to your home by attempting a DIY roof clean. Complete the quote form or call us for your free quote, and leave it to the professionals.