Roof Cleaning Westbrook provides a full roof cleaning service for home and business premises in Westbrook and surrounding towns and villages in Kent. Roof cleaning is a quick improvement to make to the look of your house, by getting rid of moss, dirt and more that has accumulated up there.
As roofs age and get more porous, they are often affected by moss, algae and dirt. Keeping the roof clean and free of moss is often very difficult for the majority of owners and becomes a major cause for issues.
Would it not be great to have your roof looking like brand new again?
Why should I have it cleaned?
Large amounts of accumulation of dirt, moss on the tiles on your roof and other natural growth could well cause serious problems with the roof and the life-span of the tiles will in time be compromised too. If you ignore your roof, you’ll find these plants will quickly grow out of control with their roots creeping their way into weak spots in the roof tiles, progressively widening them throughout time until cracks appear. Like all plants they need water to survive, and once it has rained, they’ll work like a sponge retaining as much water as they possibly can. As it works its way in the cracks within your roof it may well cause serious and expensive damage to the rafters and joists. Lastly you could well discover moss that has dislodged and rolled down the roof finding itself in your gutter which can result in overflowing rainwater from your gutter which penetrates and damages your fascia boards. In conclusion, having the roof cleaned is a necessary service for many reasons.
For a lot of people though getting their roof cleaned is solely an aesthetic preference and we don’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very unsightly due to 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 charming dwelling. Of course, this bacteria growth is completely natural but after all it isn’t attractive to look at and it can over time damage your roof. The difference between a clean roof and one that hasn’t been cleaned can be night and day. After months and years of seeing your roof get progressively dirtier wouldn’t it be brilliant to see it looking like brand new again?
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 suggest what the best possible solution is here.
Couldn’t I just do this alone?
The biggest reason why a lot of people haven’t attempted to clean their own roof is because it usually means 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, many would think getting your roof cleaned requires pressure washing however it doesn’t need to and let’s look at some reasons why preferably 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 the loft space and there is a good chance that the moss will quickly grow back!
Power washing also affects the longevity of the tiles which could mean more trouble further down the road with the majority of tile manufacturing businesses also advising against this form of roof cleaning.
Jet washing your roof is the least ideal option as this could disturb or break weak tiles due to the pressure of the power washer but can also damage your roof when walking on the tiles and disrupting the tiles.
Many cow-boy tradesmen who carry out this kind of work, think it’s easy money and that it does not take any skill. How true is that? A service such as this requires a degree of skill and care that we can assure. Using the correct roof access equipment, the right tools and our skill and know-how we can deliver a roof cleaning service that is worthwhile without you needing to put yourself at unwanted risk.
What are the best ways to clean my roof?
It is recommended that you have your roof cleaned by a company that specialises in this area. One of the most gentle yet most effective ways to remove moss on your roof and clean your roof is by employing the scraping method. Using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will effortlessly remove any moss on your roof without leaving any scratch marks on the tiles .
As previously stated – with this approach the tiles are not damaged and there is no risk of flooding, unlike other methods such as high-powered pressure washing.
Another effective method is the use of chemicals. Utilising a fungicide/moss killer once the moss has been gently removed will absorb into the tile but most importantly into the overlaps of the tiles killing off any tiny moss spores, lichen and all other organic growth on the tiles. This roof cleaning process can take some time after the excess moss has initially been dislodged but again the tiles remain intact and by adding an application of specific chemicals this will prevent the moss from growing back for several years making this the most worthwhile method.
How is it done?
We will inspect your roof with care and attention before beginning any work, to identify the best course of action depending on your roof. Then we will consider what’s growing there and the best way to dislodge the growth. Next we can begin to work on purging the roof of organic colonising growths by getting deep into the root system of the moss and eliminating the spores. You’ll notice an improvement straight away and continued improvement over time.
Here are some of the local places we cover
We cover most of Kent and all local places including:
A few things to consider.
We have already hinted at some other things to consider that can affect having your roof cleaned. Now, look at the following.
- Size of house and the area of its roof.
- The level of vegetation that is growing on the roof.
- Type of roof – e.g. with a thatched roof, no water is used.
- How accessible is the roof?
- How high is the roof?
Keeping everything we have just mentioned in mind, don’t risk serious injury to yourself or dis-repair to your home by attempting a DIY roof clean. Fill in the free quote form or ring us for a quote, and leave it to the pros.