Roof Cleaning Ware offers a professional roof cleaning service for residential and business premises in Ware and surrounding towns and villages in Kent. Getting your roof cleaned can be a relatively quick way of improving the look of your house, by removing moss, dirt and anything else that has accumulated on your roof.
As a roof becomes older and get more porous, they are gradually affected by moss and dirt. Keeping the roof clean and void of any moss and dirt may be very difficult for the majority of homeowners and can become a source of annoyance.
Would it not be wonderful to have your roof look new again?
Why have it cleaned?
Large amounts of build-up of moss and algae on the tiles on your roof and other organic growth is likely to cause big issues with the roof and the durability of the tiles will eventually be affected too. If you overlook your roof, you’ll find these plants will quickly grow out of control with their roots creeping 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 holding as much water as possible. As it works its way through the cracks into your roof it could cause serious and costly damage to the rafters and joists. Finally you could well find moss that has come loose and rolled down the roof ending up in your gutter which can result in overflowing rainwater from your gutter which saturates and damages your fascia’s. Really then, getting a roof cleaned is a necessary service for many reasons.
For many though cleaning their roof is simply an aesthetic choice and we can’t blame you for that! Roofs can become very unsightly due to organic growths like moss and lichen, and then a roof cleaning company is vital. Roofs are also often discoloured and stained by a prevalent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the natural appearance of your otherwise stunning home. Of course, this bacteria growth is not unusual nonetheless it isn’t attractive to look at and after a while it can damage your roof. The difference between a clean roof and one that needs cleaning can be night and day. After years of watching your roof get dirtier and dirtier wouldn’t it be great to see it looking almost as good as new once more?
Maybe you’re wondering, “Is this a simple DIY job that I should have a go at doing myself?” Let’s look at some evidence to suggest what the best way to do this is.
Should I clean it myself?
The most common reason why a lot of people haven’t attempted to clean their own roof is because it requires working at a height where most of us wouldn’t feel safe or comfortable. At these heights any kind of slip can result in a very serious wound.
Also, a lot of people would assume roof cleaning involves pressure washing but it doesn’t have to and here are some reasons why ideally a roof shouldn’t be pressure washed. Pressure washing may clear away moss from your roof, but the intense jets of water may disturb the tiles or other roof fittings, risk flooding a loft and there is a good chance that the moss will quickly grow back!
High pressure washing additionally affects the longevity of the tiles which could result in more trouble further down the road with most tile manufacturing companies also cautioning people against this form of roof cleaning.
Power washing your roof is the least ideal option as this can often dislodge or break delicate tiles due to the pressure of the power washer but may also ruin your roof when walking on the tiles and disrupting the tiles.
Many cow-boy companies who do this kind of work, think it’s easy money and that it doesn’t need a lot of skill. Is there any truth in that? A service such as this requires a level of experience and skill that we can provide. Using the appropriate roof access equipment, the correct tools and our skill and know-how we can provide for you a roof cleaning service that pleases you without you having to put yourself in unnecessary danger.
Which are the best ways to have my roof cleaned?
It is best to have your roof cleaning done by a specialised cleaning company. One of the most gentle yet most beneficial ways to get rid of moss on your roof and clean the roof is by employing the scraping approach. By using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will efficiently remove any moss on your roof without leaving any scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.
As previously stated – using this approach there is no damage to the tiles and there is no risk of flooding, unlike other methods such as jet washing.
Another effective method is that of using chemicals. Applying a fungicide/moss killer once the moss has been gently removed will soak into the tile but most importantly into the overlaps of the tiles killing off any lichen, tiny moss spores and any other organic growth on the tiles. This procedure can take some time once the excess moss has initially been removed but again the tiles remain intact and by adding an application of bespoke chemicals this will prevent the moss from returning for several years making this method the most worthwhile.
What is the process?
We will inspect your roof carefully before commencing any work, to identify the best cleaning method to use depending on your roof. Then we will assess what’s growing there and the best way to clear out the growth. Next we can start to work on eradicating the roof of organic colonising growths by getting right into the root system of the moss and killing the spores. You’ll notice an instant improvement and continued improvement as time passes.
Here are some of the nearby areas we cover
We can cover most of Kent as well as all local places including:
Some things to consider.
We’ve already hinted at some other elements that can affect having your roof cleaned. Now, let’s also consider the following.
- Size of house and the size of its roof.
- How much vegetation is currently on the roof.
- The type of roof – e.g. with a thatched roof, no water is involved.
- Accessibility of the roof.
- How high is the roof?
Keeping all of the above in mind, it is not worth risking serious damage to you or damage to your house by attempting a DIY roof clean. Complete the quote form or call us for a quote, and leave it to us.