Roof Cleaning Wanshurst Green offer a full roof cleaning service for private and business premises in Wanshurst Green and surrounding towns and villages in Kent. Having your roof cleaned can be a simple improvement to make to the look of your property, by getting rid of moss, dirt and anything else that has built up on your roof.
As a roof ages and become more porous, they are often invaded by moss, algae and dirt. Keeping your roof clean and free of moss and algae is usually very difficult for the majority of homeowners and may become a major issues.
Would it not be great to have your roof look brand new again?
Why should I have it cleaned?
Large amounts of build-up of dirt, moss on the tiles on your roof and other organic growth is likely to cause big issues with your roof and the durability of the tiles will in time be compromised too. If you ignore your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will swiftly spread uncontrollably with their roots creeping their way into weak spots in the tiles of the roof, gradually widening them throughout time until cracks become visible. Like all living organisms they need water to survive, and once it has rained, they’ll act like a sponge securing as much water as they can. As it finds its way in the cracks into your roof it may well cause serious and expensive destruction to the rafters and joists. Finally you could well become aware of moss that has come loose and fallen down the roof ending up in your gutter which can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which saturates and damages your fascia boards. In conclusion, having the roof cleaned is a necessary service for a number of reasons.
For many though wanting a clean roof is purely an aesthetic preference and we don’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very unattractive due to organic growths like lichen and moss, and then a roof cleaning professional is vital. Roofs are also periodically discoloured and stained by a common place bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the general appearance of your otherwise charming dwelling. By all means, this bacteria growth is completely natural however it isn’t nice to see and it can over time damage your roof. Comparing a clean roof and one that hasn’t been cleaned can be night and day. After years of watching your roof get more and more dirty wouldn’t it be great to see it looking as good as new again?
The next question is, “Is this a simple DIY job that I should attempt to do myself?” Let’s look at some evidence to suggest what the best possible solution is here.
Could I clean it alone?
The most common reason why a lot of people don’t want to risk cleaning their own roof is because it requires working at a height where many of us wouldn’t feel safe and secure. At these heights any kind of fall can lead to a very serious wound.
Additionally, lots of people would think having your roof cleaned involves pressure washing however it doesn’t need to and let’s look at some reasons why ideally a roof should not be pressure washed. High pressure cleaning may remove moss from your roof, but the intense jets of water may damage the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding any loft spaces and it’s more than likely that the moss will quickly grow back!
Jet washing also affects the longevity of the tiles which could mean more trouble in the future 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 in many instances can disrupt or break frail tiles from the pressure of the jet washer but could also ruin your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many cow-boy tradesmen who carry out this kind of work, think that it is easy money or that it doesn’t require a lot of skill. How wrong can they be A job such as this requires a level of skill and care that we can assure. Using the correct roof access equipment, the correct 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 at unwanted risk.
Which are the best ways 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 effective ways to get rid of moss on your roof and clean the roof is by using the scraping method. By using a 9″ scraper on a dry day will easily flake off any moss on your roof leaving no scratch marks on the tiles .
Don’t forget – using this approach the tiles are not damaged and there is no flood risk, unlike other roof cleaning methods such as jet washing.
One more effective method is to use chemicals. Utilising 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 destroying 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 removed but again there is no damage to the surface of the tile and with the added application of bespoke chemicals this will stop the moss from growing back for several years making this the most worthwhile method.
What is the process?
We will investigate the roof attentively before starting any work, to determine the best approach to take depending on your roof. Then we will consider what’s growing there and the best way to remove the growth. Then we can begin to work on purging the roof of organic colonising growths by getting right into the root system of the moss and killing the spores. You’ll notice an immediate improvement and continued change as time progresses.
Below are some of the nearby places we cover
We can cover the majority of Kent as well as all local towns including:
Some factors to think about.
We’ve already looked at some other things to consider that can affect having your roof cleaned. Now, consider just a few more.
- Size of house and the size of the roof.
- The level of vegetation that is growing on the roof.
- The type of roof – for example in the case of a thatched roof, no water is involved.
- Accessibility of the roof.
- Height of the roof.
Keeping all of the above in mind, it is not worth risking serious injury to yourself or damage to your house by attempting a DIY roof clean. Fill in the quote form or give us a call for your quote, and leave it to the pros.