Roof Cleaning Walmer provides a professional roof cleaning service for residential and business properties in Walmer and surrounding towns and villages in Kent. Roof cleaning can be a quick improvement to make to the look of your home, by removing dirt, moss, lichen and anything else that has built up on your roof.
As a roof ages and get more porous, many become affected by moss, algae and dirt. Keeping your roof clean and without moss and dirt can be very difficult for many householders and becomes a continual problems.
Wouldn’t it be great to have your roof look new again?
Why should I have it cleaned?
A large accumulation of dirt, moss on the tiles on your roof and other natural growth may cause you big problems 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 swiftly spread out of control with their roots creeping their way into weak spots in the tiles of the roof, progressively widening them throughout time until cracks become visible. Like all plants they need water to live, and when it rains, they’ll act like a sponge securing as much water as possible. Once it finds its way in the cracks within your roof it may well cause serious and costly destruction to the rafters and joists. Also you could well discover moss that has come loose and rolled down the roof into your gutter which in time can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which saturates and damages your fascia’s. In conclusion, having your roof cleaned is an important service for a number of reasons.
For a lot of people though cleaning their roof 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 at that point 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 charming house. Of course, this bacteria growth is not unusual nonetheless it isn’t attractive to see and gradually it can damage your roof. Comparing a clean roof and one that needs cleaning can be night and day. After years of watching your roof get progressively dirtier wouldn’t it be lovely to see it looking almost as good as new again?
The next question is, “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.
Can I just do this myself?
The most common reason why most people haven’t attempted to clean their own roof is the fact that it requires working at a height where most of us wouldn’t feel safe or comfortable. At these kinds of heights any sort of tumble can lead to a very serious wound.
Plus, a lot of people would expect having your roof cleaned involves pressure washing but it doesn’t have to and here are some reasons why in most circumstances a roof should not be pressure washed. High pressure cleaning may get rid of moss from the roof, but the high powered jets of water may dislodge the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding the loft space and it is highly likely that the moss will quickly grow back!
High pressure washing also affects the lifespan of the tiles which could mean more problems further down the road with the majority of tile manufacturing companies also warning people against this form of cleaning roofs.
Jet washing your roof is the least popular option as this could disturb or break delicate tiles from the pressure of the jet washer but may also ruin your roof when walking on the tiles and disrupting the tiles.
Many rogue tradespeople who do this kind of work, claim it’s 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 best tools and our experience and know-how we can deliver a roof cleaning service that you are happy with without you having to put yourself at unwanted risk.
Which is the best way to have my roof cleaned?
It is recommended that you have your roof cleaning done by a company that specialises in this area. One of the gentlest yet most beneficial ways to get rid of moss on your roof and clean the roof is by employing the scraping method. Using a 9″ scraper on a dry day will efficiently flake off any moss on the roof without leaving any scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.
Don’t forget – with this method there is no damage to the tiles and there is no risk of flooding, unlike other roof cleaning methods such as jet washing.
One more effective method is the use of chemicals. Applying a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been gently removed will soak into the tile and most importantly into the overlaps of the tiles destroying any lichen, tiny moss spores and any other organic growth on the tiles. This procedure can take some time after the excess moss has initially been removed but again the tiles are unharmed and by adding an application of roof cleaning chemicals this will stop the moss from growing back for many years making this the most worthwhile method.
What is the process?
We will investigate the roof attentively before beginning 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 approach to take to remove the growth. Next we can begin to work on purging your roof of organic colonising growths by getting right into the moss root system and eliminating the spores. You’ll notice an immediate improvement and continued change as time passes.
Here are some of the towns and villages we cover
We can cover the majority of Kent as well as all nearby towns including:
A few factors to think about.
We’ve already looked at some other factors that can affect a roof cleaning service. Now, let’s also consider the following.
- Size of dwelling and the area of its roof.
- How much vegetation is currently on the roof.
- The type of roof – e.g. in the case of a thatched roof, no water is used.
- How accessible is the roof?
- Height of the roof.
Keeping everything we have just mentioned in mind, it is not worth risking serious insult to yourself or dis-repair to your house by attempting a DIY roof clean. Fill out the quote form or give us a call for a quote, and leave it to the professionals.