Roof Cleaning Willesborough provides a professional roof cleaning service for private and business premises in Willesborough and surrounding towns and villages in Kent. Having your roof cleaned can be a speedy way of improving the appearance of your property, by getting rid of dirt, moss, lichen and more that has accumulated there.
As a roof ages and become 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 most owners and becomes a cause for annoyance.
Would it not be great to have your roof looking like new again?
Why do it?
A really serious accumulation of moss and algae on the tiles on your roof and other natural growth is likely to cause you serious problems with your roof and the life-span of the tiles will over time be compromised too. If you ignore your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will rapidly spread uncontrollably with their roots working their way into weaknesses in the roof tiles, steadily widening them over the course of time until cracks emerge. Like all plants they need water to thrive, and once it has rained, they’ll work like a sponge securing as much water as they possibly can. Once it finds its way through the cracks within your roof it could cause serious and expensive destruction to the rafters and joists. Also you could well become aware of moss that has come loose and fallen down the roof into your gutter which can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which penetrates and damages your fascia boards. In conclusion, arranging to have a roof cleaned is a necessary job for many reasons.
For many people though getting their roof cleaned is purely an aesthetic choice and we don’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very dull due to organic growths like moss and lichen, and at that point a roof cleaning service is necessary. Roofs are also often discoloured and stained by a frequent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the general appearance of your otherwise charming house. Without a doubt, this bacteria growth is not unusual however it isn’t nice to see and after a while it can damage your roof. The difference between a clean roof and one that needs a clean can be night and day. After months and years of seeing your roof get dirtier and dirtier wouldn’t it be brilliant to see it looking as good as new once more?
Next you might ask, “Is this a easy DIY job that I should attempt to do myself?” Let’s consider some evidence to suggest what the best possible solution is here.
Can I just do this alone?
The most common reason why a lot of people haven’t attempted to clean their own roof is because it usually means working at a height where a lot of us wouldn’t feel safe and secure. At these kinds of heights any type of tumble can result in a very serious wound.
Plus, many would expect having your roof cleaned requires pressure washing however it doesn’t need to and let’s look at some reasons why in most circumstances a roof shouldn’t be pressure washed. Jet washing may clear away moss from your roof, but the aggressive 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 quickly grow back!
High pressure washing additionally affects the lifespan of the tiles which could mean more trouble in the future with the majority of tile manufacturing businesses also advising against this manner of roof cleaning.
Pressure washing a roof is the least ideal option as this could disturb or break frail tiles due to the pressure of the jet washer but could also ruin your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many dodgy tradespeople who attempt this kind of work, think it is easy money and that it does not need much skill. How true is that? A job like this requires a degree of skill and care that we can assure. Using the appropriate roof access equipment, the best tools and our experience and know-how we can provide for you a roof cleaning service that you are happy with without you having to put yourself at needless risk.
Which is the best way to clean my roof?
It is best to have your roof cleaned by a specialised cleaning company. One of the most gentle yet most effective ways to clear away moss on your roof and clean your roof is by employing the scraping approach. Using a 9″ scraper on a dry day will efficiently flake off any moss on the roof without leaving any scratch marks on the tiles .
As previously stated – using this method the tiles are not damaged and there is no risk of flooding, unlike other methods such as pressure washing.
Another effective method is the use of chemicals. Using a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been gently removed will soak into the tile and most importantly into the gaps in the tiles targeting any lichen, tiny moss spores and any 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 by adding an application of specific chemicals this will stop the moss from growing back for several years making this the best method.
What is the process?
We will inspect your roof with care and attention before starting any work, to establish the best approach to take depending on your roof. Then we will look at what’s growing there and the best approach to take to remove the growth. Then we can begin to work on purging your roof of organic colonising growths by getting right into the root system of the moss and killing the spores. You’ll notice an immediate improvement and continued improvement as time passes.
Below are a few of the places we cover
We can cover most of Kent including all surrounding places including:
A few factors to consider.
We’ve already considered some other things to consider that can affect a roof cleaning job. So, let’s have a quick look at these.
- Size of house and the area of its roof.
- How much vegetation is present on the roof.
- Type of roof – for example with 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 injury to you or damage to your home by attempting a DIY roof clean. Complete the quote form or give us a call for a quote, and leave it to the professionals.