Roof Cleaning Winterbourne offers a full roof cleaning service for residential and business properties in Winterbourne and surrounding towns and villages in Kent. Getting your roof cleaned is a simple way to improve the look of your house, by clearing dirt, moss, lichen and anything else that has grown up there.
As roofs age and become more porous, many become affected by moss, algae and dirt. Maintaining a roof that is clean and void of any moss and debris is often challenging for most homeowners and becomes a major source of issues.
Would it not be wonderful to have your roof look brand new again?
Why should I do it?
Large amounts of accumulation of moss and algae on roof tiles and other organic growth is likely to cause serious issues with your roof and the durability of the tiles will in time be affected too. If you ignore your roof, you’ll find these plants will rapidly grow uncontrollably with their roots finding their way into vulnerable spots in the roof tiles, progressively widening them over the course of time until cracks emerge. Like all plants they need water to live, and when it rains, they’ll act like a sponge securing as much water as they possibly can. As it works its way in the cracks into your roof it could cause serious and expensive deterioration to the rafters and joists. Also you could well find moss that has come loose 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 truth, getting the roof cleaned is an important job for many reasons.
For many though getting their roof cleaned is entirely an aesthetic choice and we can’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very dull because of organic growths like lichen and moss, and at that point a roof cleaning service is needed. Roofs are also often tarnished and stained by a frequent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the familiar appearance of your otherwise charming house. Without a doubt, this bacteria growth is completely natural nonetheless it isn’t nice to see and it can over time damage your roof. Comparing a clean roof and one that needs cleaning 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 almost as good as new once more?
Next you might ask, “Is this a simple DIY job that I should attempt to do myself?” Let’s look at some evidence to suggest what the best possible solution is here.
Couldn’t I do this alone?
The most common reason why most people don’t want to risk cleaning their own roof is because it requires working at a height where many of us wouldn’t feel comfortable or safe. At these heights any sort of slip can result in a very serious injury.
Additionally, lots of people would expect getting your roof cleaned requires pressure washing however it doesn’t have to and let’s look at some reasons why ideally a roof should not be pressure washed. Pressure washing may clear away moss from the roof, but the intense jets of water may damage the tiles or other roof fittings, risk flooding any loft spaces and there is a good chance that the moss will just grow back!
Jet washing additionally affects the lifespan of the tiles which could result in more trouble further down the road with the majority of tile manufacturing companies also cautioning people against this method of roof cleaning.
Pressure washing a roof is the least popular option as this in many instances can disrupt or break fragile tiles due to the pressure of the jet washer but can also harm your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many cow-boy companies who do this kind of work, claim it is easy money and that it does not need any skill. How wrong can they be A job like this requires a level of experience and skill that we can provide. Using the correct roof access equipment, the best tools and our skill and know-how we can deliver a roof cleaning service that is worthwhile without you needing to put yourself in unnecessary danger.
Which is the best way to clean my roof?
It is best to have your roof cleaning done by a company that specialises in this area. One of the gentlest yet most beneficial ways to remove roof moss and clean your roof is by employing the scraping method. Using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will easily flake off any moss on your roof and there won’t be any scratch marks on the tiles .
Don’t forget – with this approach the tiles are not damaged and there is no flood risk, unlike other manners of roof cleaning such as jet washing.
Another effective method is that of using chemicals. Using a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been gently removed will absorb into the tile but most importantly into the gaps in the tiles destroying any tiny moss spores, lichen and all other organic growth on the tiles. This procedure can take some time after the excess moss has initially been dislodged but again there is no damage to the surface of the tile and by adding an application of roof cleaning chemicals this will hinder the moss from growing back for many years making this method the most worthwhile.
How is it done?
We will investigate 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. Next we can start to work on cleansing the roof of organic colonising growths by getting deep into the moss root system and destroying the spores. You’ll notice an improvement straight away and continued improvement as time progresses.
Below are some of the towns and villages we cover
We cover the majority of Kent including all nearby places including:
Some things to consider.
We have already hinted at some other elements that can affect having your roof cleaned. Now, look at the following.
- Size of dwelling and the area of the roof.
- How much vegetation is currently on the roof.
- The type of roof – e.g. with a thatched roof, no water is used.
- Accessibility of the roof.
- How high is the roof?
Keeping all of the above in mind, it is not worth risking serious insult to yourself or dis-repair to your dwelling by attempting a DIY roof clean. Fill out the quote form or call us for a quote, and leave it to us.