Roof Cleaning in Whitstable

Roof Cleaning Whitstable provides a professional roof cleaning service for residential and business premises in Whitstable and surrounding towns and villages in Kent. Having your roof cleaned can be a simple way to improve the appearance of your house, by clearing dirt, moss, lichen and more that has grown there.

As roofs become older and become more porous, they are often affected by moss and debris. Maintaining a roof that is clean and free of moss and algae may be very difficult for most homeowners and becomes a continual source of annoyance.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have your roof looking like brand new again?

Roof Cleaning in Whitstable

Why have it cleaned?

Dirty roof cleaning Whitstable

Large amounts of accumulation of moss, dirt on your roof and other organic growth could well cause you serious problems with your roof and the durability of the tiles will over time be affected too. If you ignore your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will rapidly grow uncontrollably with their roots working their way into weak spots in the tiles of the roof, progressively widening them throughout time until cracks become visible. Like all plants they need water to survive, and when it rains, they’ll act like a sponge securing as much water as they can. Once it finds its way through the cracks into your roof it could cause serious and costly damage to the rafters and joists. Also you could well become aware of moss that has dislodged and rolled down the roof finding itself in your gutter which can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which damages and soaks into your fascia boards. In conclusion, having the roof cleaned is a required service for many reasons.

For many though cleaning their roof is entirely an aesthetic choice and we don’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very unattractive due to organic growths like moss and lichen, and at that point a roof cleaning company is needed. Roofs are also frequently tarnished and stained by a frequent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the natural appearance of your otherwise beautiful house. Of course, this bacteria growth is not unusual however it isn’t pleasant to look at 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 seeing your roof get progressively dirtier wouldn’t it be great to see it looking almost as good as new like it used to?

The next question is, “Is this a straightforward DIY job that I should try to do myself?” Let’s consider some evidence to propose what the best possible solution is here.

Can I do this myself?

Roof Cleaning yourself in Whitstable

The most common reason why most people don’t want to risk cleaning their own roof is since it involves working at a height where most of us wouldn’t feel comfortable or safe. At these heights any kind of slip can lead to a very serious injury.

Additionally, many would assume having your roof cleaned requires pressure washing however it doesn’t have to and here are some reasons why ideally a roof shouldn’t be pressure washed. Pressure washing may remove moss from your roof, but the intense jets of water may disturb the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding a loft and it’s more than likely that the moss will quickly grow back!

Jet washing also affects the longevity of the tiles which could result in more problems further down the road with many tile manufacturing companies also warning people against this form of roof cleaning.
Pressure washing your roof is the least ideal option as this could dislodge or break delicate tiles from the pressure of the power washer but may also ruin your roof when walking on the tiles and disrupting the tiles.

Many cow-boy tradespeople who carry out this kind of work, think it’s easy money or that it does not require any skill. How wrong can they be A service like this requires a level of skill and attention that we can provide. Using the correct roof access equipment, the correct tools and our experience and know-how we can deliver a roof cleaning service that is worthwhile without you having to put yourself at unwanted risk.

What are the best ways to clean my roof?

Roof Cleaning Whitstable

It is best to have your roof cleaned by a specialised cleaning company. One of the kindest yet most effective ways to get rid of roof moss and clean the roof is by using the scraping approach. By using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will easily remove any moss on your roof and there won’t be any scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.

Don’t forget – with this approach there is no damage to the tiles and there is no risk of flooding, unlike other manners of roof cleaning such as pressure washing.

Another effective method is that of using chemicals. Applying a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been gently removed 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 after the excess moss has initially been scraped away but again there is no damage to the surface of the tile and by adding an application of bespoke chemicals this will hinder the moss from returning for several years making this method the most worthwhile.

How is it done?

We will supervise your roof carefully before beginning any work, to establish 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 eradicating your roof of organic colonising growths by getting right into the root system of the moss and eliminating the spores. You’ll notice an instant improvement and continued improvement over time.

Here are some of the local towns and villages we cover

We cover the majority of Kent and all local places including:

A few factors to consider.

We have already considered some other things to consider that can affect a roof cleaning job. So, look at the following.

  • Size of house and the area of the roof.
  • How much vegetation is currently on the roof.
  • Type of roof – e.g. in the case of a thatched roof, no water is involved.
  • Accessibility of the roof.
  • Height of the roof.

Keeping the aforementioned points in mind, don’t risk serious damage to you or damage to your dwelling by attempting a DIY roof clean. Fill out the free quote form or call us for your quote, and leave it to the pros.