Roof Cleaning Westwood offer a professional roof cleaning service for home and commercial properties in Westwood and surrounding towns and villages in Kent. Roof cleaning is a speedy improvement to make to the look of your house, by removing moss, dirt and more that has accumulated there.
As a roof becomes older and get more porous, many become affected by moss and debris. Keeping the roof clean and free of moss and algae may be very difficult for the majority of homeowners and can become a major cause for problems.
Would it not be nice to have your roof look brand new again?
Why should I have it cleaned?
Large amounts of accumulation of moss, dirt on the tiles on your roof and other natural growth may cause serious issues with your roof and the life expectancy of the tiles will in time be affected too. If you overlook your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will quickly spread uncontrollably with their roots working their way into vulnerable spots in the tiles of the roof, steadily widening them over time until cracks appear. Like all plants they need water to live, and after it rains, they’ll behave like a sponge securing as much water as they possibly can. As it finds its way through the cracks within your roof it might well cause serious and costly damage to the rafters and joists. Also you could well discover moss that has dislodged and rolled down the roof ending up in your gutter which can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which damages and soaks into your fascia boards. In truth, getting your roof cleaned is a necessary job for a number of reasons.
For many though getting their roof cleaned is entirely an aesthetic choice and we can’t blame 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 frequently tarnished 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 pleasant to see and it can over time damage your roof. The difference between a clean roof and one that needs a clean can be night and day. After years of watching your roof get more and more dirty wouldn’t it be brilliant to see it looking like brand new again?
Next you might ask, “Is this a simple DIY job that I should try to do myself?” Let’s consider some evidence to suggest what the best way to do this is.
Couldn’t I just clean it myself?
The most common reason why most people don’t want to risk cleaning their own roof is because it involves working at a height where a lot of us wouldn’t feel safe and secure. At these kinds of heights any sort of slip can result in a very serious injury.
Additionally, many would think having your roof cleaned involves pressure washing but it doesn’t need to and here are some reasons why ideally a roof should not 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 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 trouble further down the road with many tile manufacturing companies also advising against this method of cleaning roofs.
Jet washing your roof is the least popular option as this could dislodge or break fragile tiles due to the pressure of the jet washer but could also harm your roof when walking on the tiles and disrupting the tiles.
Many rogue companies who carry out this kind of work, reckon it is easy money and that it doesn’t require any skill. How wrong can they be A service such as this requires a level of experience and skill that we can provide. Using proper roof access equipment, the best tools and our experience and know-how we can deliver a roof cleaning service that you are happy with without you needing to put yourself in unnecessary danger.
What is the best way to clean my roof?
It is recommended that you have your roof cleaning done by a company that specialises in this area. One of the most gentle yet most effective ways to clear away moss on your roof and clean your roof is by using the scraping method. Using a 9″ scraper on a dry day will efficiently remove any moss on your roof leaving no scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.
Remember – with this method the tiles are not damaged and there is no risk of flooding, unlike other manners of roof cleaning such as high-powered pressure washing.
Another effective method is to use chemicals. Utilising 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 tiny moss spores, lichen and any other organic growth on the tiles. This roof cleaning process can take some time once the excess moss has initially been dislodged but again the tiles are unharmed and by adding an application of bespoke chemicals this will impede the moss from returning for several years making this the best method.
What is the process?
We will investigate the roof carefully 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 how best to remove the growth. Then we can start to work on purging the roof of organic colonising growths by getting right into the moss root system and killing the spores. You’ll notice an instant improvement and continued change as time progresses.
Here are a few of the nearby areas we cover
We cover the majority of Kent including all surrounding towns including:
Some factors to consider.
We’ve already hinted at some other factors that can affect a roof cleaning service. So, let’s also consider the following.
- Size of house and the area of its roof.
- How much vegetation is growing on the roof.
- The type of roof – e.g. with a thatched roof, no water is used.
- Accessibility of the roof.
- Height of the roof.
Keeping all of the above in mind, it is not worth risking serious damage to you or damage to your dwelling by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Fill in the quote form or call us for your free quote, and leave it to the pros.