Roof Cleaning West Kingsdown offers a roof cleaning service for private and business properties in West Kingsdown and surrounding villages/towns in Kent. Having your roof cleaned is a quick way to improve the appearance of your property, by getting rid of moss, lichen, dirt and anything else that has grown on your roof.
As roofs become older and become more porous, many become affected by moss, algae and dirt. Maintaining a roof that is clean and void of any moss and algae is usually challenging for many householders and may become a continual problems.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have your roof looking like new again?
Why should I do it?
A really serious build-up of dirt, moss on the tiles on your roof and other organic growth is likely to cause big problems with your roof and the life expectancy of the tiles will eventually be compromised too. If you overlook your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will swiftly spread out of control with their roots working their way into weak spots in the tiles of the roof, steadily widening them over time until cracks appear. Like all living organisms they need water to survive, and when it rains, they’ll work like a sponge retaining as much water as they can. Once it finds its way through the cracks into your roof it may well cause serious and costly destruction to the rafters and joists. Finally you could well find moss that has come loose 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’s. In truth, getting a roof cleaned is an important job for a number of reasons.
For many people though wanting a clean roof is solely an aesthetic decision and we don’t blame you for that! Roofs can become very unsightly because of organic growths like lichen and moss, and at that point a roof cleaning service is needed. Roofs are also frequently discoloured and stained by a common place bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the familiar appearance of your otherwise beautiful house. Without a doubt, this bacteria growth is completely normal but after all it isn’t attractive to see and after a while it can damage your roof. Comparing a clean roof and one that hasn’t been cleaned can be night and day. After years of seeing your roof get more and more dirty wouldn’t it be great to see it looking as good as new like it used to?
Next you might ask, “Is this a straightforward DIY job that I should try to do myself?” Let’s consider some evidence to suggest what the best possible solution is here.
Could I just clean it alone?
The biggest reason why most people don’t clean their own roof is since it involves working at a height where many of us wouldn’t feel comfortable or safe. At these heights any sort of tumble can result in a very serious wound.
Additionally, many would assume having your roof cleaned involves pressure washing however it doesn’t need to and here are some reasons why in most circumstances a roof shouldn’t be pressure washed. Jet washing may remove moss from the roof, but the intense jets of water may disturb the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding any loft spaces and there is a good chance that the moss will just grow back!
Jet washing also affects the lifespan of the tiles which could mean more problems in the future with many tile manufacturing businesses also cautioning people against this manner of cleaning roofs.
Pressure washing your roof is the least ideal option as this in many instances can disrupt or break weak tiles from the pressure of the jet washer but may also damage your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many rogue tradesmen who carry out this kind of work, reckon it is easy money or that it doesn’t take much skill. Is there any truth in that? A job like this requires a level of experience and skill that we can deliver. Using proper roof access equipment, the best tools and our skill and understanding we can deliver a roof cleaning service that you are happy with without you having to put yourself at unwanted risk.
Which are the best ways to have my roof cleaned?
It is best to have your roof cleaned by a company that specialises in this area. One of the kindest yet most effective ways to get rid of roof moss and clean the roof is by employing the scraping method. By using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will easily flake off any moss on the roof and there won’t be any scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.
As previously stated – with this method there is no damage to the tiles and there is no risk of flooding, unlike other roof cleaning methods such as high-powered pressure washing.
One more effective method is the use of chemicals. Utilising a fungicide/moss killer once the moss has been scraped off will soak into the tile and most importantly into the overlaps of the tiles destroying any lichen, tiny moss spores and all other organic growth on the tiles. This roof cleaning process can take some time once the excess moss has initially been scraped away but again there is no damage to the surface of the tile and with the added application of roof cleaning chemicals this will stop the moss from returning for many years making this the most worthwhile method.
How is it done?
We will inspect the roof attentively before commencing any work, to identify the best course of action depending on your roof. Then we will consider what’s growing there and the how best to dislodge the growth. Then we can begin to work on purging 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 change as time passes.
Here are some of the nearby places we cover
We cover the majority of Kent and all local areas including:
A few things to consider.
We’ve already hinted at some other factors that can affect a roof cleaning job. Now, let’s have a quick look at these.
- Size of dwelling and the area of its roof.
- The level of vegetation that is currently on the roof.
- The type of roof – e.g. in the case of a thatched roof, no water is used.
- Accessibility of the roof.
- Height of the roof.
Keeping everything we have just mentioned in mind, it is not worth risking serious damage to yourself or dis-repair to your house by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Complete the quote form or call us for a quote, and leave it to the pros.