Roof Cleaning Wilmington provides a complete roof cleaning service for home and commercial premises in Wilmington and surrounding areas in Kent. Roof cleaning is a quick way to improve the look of your home, by getting rid of moss, dirt and more that has grown up there.
As a roof becomes older and become more porous, they are gradually affected by moss and dirt. Keeping the roof clean and void of any moss and debris may be challenging for most owners and may become a major cause for problems.
Wouldn’t it be great to have your roof look brand new again?
Why should I have it cleaned?
A large accumulation of dirt, moss on the tiles on your roof and other natural growth is likely to cause big 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 spread uncontrollably with their roots finding their way into weak spots in the roof tiles, progressively widening them throughout time until cracks become visible. Like all plants they need water to thrive, and after it rains, they’ll act like a sponge retaining as much water as possible. Once it finds its way through the cracks within your roof it could cause serious and expensive damage to the rafters and joists. Lastly you could well find 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 a roof cleaned is a required job for a few reasons.
For a lot of people though cleaning their roof is solely an aesthetic preference and we can’t blame you for that! Roofs can become very dull due to organic growths like lichen and moss, and then a roof cleaning service is necessary. Roofs are also frequently 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 nonetheless it isn’t pleasant to look at and gradually it can damage your roof. The difference between a clean roof and one that needs cleaning can be night and day. After months and years of watching your roof get progressively dirtier wouldn’t it be brilliant to see it looking almost as good as new once more?
Maybe you’re wondering, “Is this a simple DIY job that I should attempt to do myself?” Let’s consider some evidence to recommend what the best way to do this is.
Could I clean it myself?
The biggest reason why most people don’t clean their own roof is since it involves working at a height where most of us wouldn’t feel safe and secure. At these heights any kind of fall can lead to a very serious wound.
Plus, many would assume roof cleaning requires pressure washing but 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 get rid of moss from the roof, but the high powered jets of water may dislodge the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding a loft and there is a good chance that the moss will quickly grow back!
High pressure washing additionally affects the lifespan of the tiles which could result in more trouble further down the road with many tile manufacturing businesses also warning people against this manner of roof cleaning.
Jet washing your roof is the least popular option as this could dislodge or break delicate tiles due to the pressure of the power washer but can also ruin your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many dodgy companies who attempt this kind of work, claim it’s easy money or that it doesn’t need a lot of skill. Is there any truth in that? A job like this requires a degree of experience and skill that we can deliver. Using the appropriate roof access equipment, the correct tools and our experience and know-how we can provide for you a roof cleaning service that you are happy with without you needing to put yourself at needless risk.
What 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 the roof is by using the scraping method. Using a 9″ scraper on a dry day will effortlessly flake off any moss on the roof without leaving any scratch marks on the tiles .
Don’t forget – with this approach the tiles are not damaged and there is no risk of flooding, unlike other methods such as pressure washing.
One more effective method is that of using chemicals. Applying a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been gently removed will permeate into the tile but most importantly into the gaps in the tiles targeting any lichen, tiny moss spores and any other organic growth on the tiles. This procedure can take some time once the excess moss has initially been removed but again the tiles are unharmed and by adding an application of roof cleaning chemicals this will stop the moss from growing back for several years making this the most worthwhile method.
What is the process?
We will inspect the roof attentively before commencing any work, to determine the best approach to take depending on your roof. Then we will consider what’s growing there and the best way to dislodge the growth. Next we can start to work on purging the roof of organic colonising growths by getting right into the root system of the moss and eliminating the spores. You’ll notice an immediate improvement and continued change over time.
Below are a few of the local towns and villages we cover
We can cover most of Kent including all surrounding towns including:
A few factors to think about.
We have already hinted at some other things to consider that can affect having your roof cleaned. So, let’s also consider the following.
- Size of house and the size of the roof.
- How much vegetation is present on the roof.
- 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 the aforementioned points in mind, it is not worth risking serious injury to you or damage to your home by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Fill in the quote form or call us for a quote, and leave it to us.