Roof Cleaning Waltham offer a roof cleaning service for private and business premises in Waltham and surrounding towns and villages in Kent. Having your roof cleaned can be a speedy improvement to make to the look of your house, by clearing moss and more that has built up there.
As roofs become older and get more porous, many become invaded by moss and debris. Keeping the roof clean and free of moss and debris is usually very difficult for many homeowners and can become a continual problems.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have your roof look new again?
Why should I have it cleaned?
A really serious accumulation of dirt, moss on your roof and other organic growth may cause major problems with your roof and the life expectancy of the tiles will eventually be affected too. If you overlook your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will rapidly spread uncontrollably with their roots working their way into vulnerable spots in the roof tiles, progressively widening them over time until cracks become visible. Like all plants they need water to thrive, and after it rains, they’ll act like a sponge securing as much water as possible. As it works its way through the cracks within your roof it might well cause serious and costly destruction to the rafters and joists. Lastly you could well become aware of moss that has dislodged and fallen down the roof ending up in your gutter which can result in overflowing rainwater from your gutter which saturates and damages your fascia boards. Really then, having your roof cleaned is an important service for many reasons.
For many people though getting their roof cleaned is solely an aesthetic preference and we can’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very dull due to organic growths like lichen and moss, and at that point a roof cleaning service is necessary. Roofs are also frequently discoloured and stained by a prevalent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the natural appearance of your otherwise stunning home. 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 watching your roof get progressively dirtier wouldn’t it be lovely to see it looking almost as good as new once more?
The next question is, “Is this a straightforward DIY job that I should have a go at doing myself?” Let’s consider some evidence to propose what the best way to do this is.
Could I do this myself?
The most common reason why a lot of people haven’t attempted to clean their own roof is since it requires working at a height where a lot of us wouldn’t feel comfortable or safe. At these kinds of heights any kind of slip can lead to a very serious injury.
Also, a lot of people would assume getting your roof cleaned requires 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 remove moss from your roof, but the aggressive jets of water may disturb the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding a loft and it’s more than likely that the moss will just grow back!
Jet washing additionally affects the longevity of the tiles which could result in more problems further down the road with many tile manufacturing businesses also advising against this form of roof cleaning.
Jet washing your roof is the least popular option as this in many instances can disrupt or break weak tiles from the pressure of the jet washer but could also damage your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many cow-boy tradespeople who carry out this kind of work, think that it is easy money or that it does not need any skill. How true is that? A job like this requires a degree of skill and care that we can provide. Using the correct roof access equipment, the correct tools and our skill and understanding we can deliver a roof cleaning service that pleases you without you needing to put yourself at unwanted risk.
Which are the best ways to clean my roof?
It is best to have your roof cleaned by a company that specialises in this area. One of the kindest yet most beneficial ways to get rid of moss on your roof and clean your roof is by employing the scraping method. 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.
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 pressure washing.
Another effective method is that of using chemicals. Using a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been scraped off will absorb into the tile but most importantly into the overlaps of the tiles targeting any lichen, tiny moss spores and any other organic growth on the tiles. This step can take some time after 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 roof cleaning chemicals this will stop the moss from returning for several years making this the best method.
How is it done?
We will inspect your roof with care and attention before starting any work, to identify the best course of action depending on your roof. Then we will consider what’s growing there and the best approach to take 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 killing the spores. You’ll notice an improvement straight away and continued improvement over time.
Here are some of the areas we cover
We can cover most of Kent and all local places including:
Some things to consider.
We’ve already considered some other factors that can affect having your roof cleaned. So, consider just a few more.
- Size of house and the size of the roof.
- How much vegetation is currently on the roof.
- The type of roof – for example in the case of a thatched roof, no water is used.
- Accessibility of the roof.
- How high is the roof?
Keeping everything we have just mentioned in mind, don’t risk serious damage to yourself or dis-repair to your house by attempting a DIY roof clean. Fill out the quote form or ring us for a quote, and leave it to us.