Roof Cleaning Wittersham offer a complete roof cleaning service for home and business properties in Wittersham and surrounding towns and villages in Kent. Having your roof cleaned is a relatively simple way of improving the look of your property, by removing moss and anything else that has built up there.
As roofs become older and become more porous, they are often affected by moss and debris. Keeping your roof clean and free of moss and algae can be very difficult for the majority of owners and may become a major issues.
Wouldn’t it be nice to have your roof looking like new again?
Why should I have it cleaned?
A large build-up of moss and algae on your roof and other natural growth is likely to cause you serious issues with the roof and the durability of the tiles will eventually be affected too. If you neglect your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will quickly grow uncontrollably with their roots creeping their way into vulnerable spots in the tiles of the roof, steadily widening them throughout time until cracks become visible. Like all living organisms they need water to survive, and after it rains, they’ll act like a sponge holding as much water as they possibly can. As it finds its way in the cracks within your roof it may well cause serious and costly damage to the rafters and joists. Lastly you could well discover moss that has dislodged and rolled down the roof finding itself in your gutter which in time can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which damages and soaks into your fascia’s. In truth, having a roof cleaned is a required job for a number of reasons.
For a lot of people though wanting a clean roof is purely an aesthetic preference and we can’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 an everyday bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the familiar appearance of your otherwise charming home. By all means, this bacteria growth is not unusual but after all it isn’t nice to see and gradually it can damage your roof. Comparing a clean roof and one that needs cleaning can be night and day. After years of observing your roof get more and more dirty wouldn’t it be brilliant to see it looking almost as good as new once more?
The next question is, “Is this a easy DIY job that I should have a go at doing myself?” Let’s look at some evidence to recommend what the best way to do this is.
Should I just do this myself?
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 most 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, lots of people would think roof cleaning involves pressure washing but it doesn’t need to and let’s look at some reasons why preferably a roof shouldn’t be pressure washed. Pressure washing may get rid of moss from the roof, but the high powered 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!
Jet washing also affects the longevity of the tiles which could result in more issues further down the road with most tile manufacturing companies also advising against this form of cleaning roofs.
Jet washing your roof is the least ideal option as this in many instances can dislodge or break fragile tiles from the pressure of the power washer but can also ruin your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many dodgy tradesmen who do this kind of work, reckon it is easy money or that it doesn’t need much skill. Is there any truth in that? A job such as this requires a level of skill and care that we can assure. Using the appropriate roof access equipment, the correct tools and our skill and know-how we can deliver a roof cleaning service that is worthwhile without you needing to put yourself at needless risk.
Which is the best way to clean my roof?
It is recommended that you have your roof cleaning done by a specialised cleaning company. One of the gentlest yet most beneficial ways to remove moss on your roof and clean the roof is by using the scraping approach. Using a 9″ scraper on a dry day will easily remove any moss on the roof leaving no scratch marks on the tiles .
Remember – with this method there is no damage to the tiles and there is no flood risk, unlike other methods such as jet washing.
One more effective method is to use chemicals. Utilising a fungicide/moss killer once the moss has been scraped off will absorb into the tile and most importantly into the overlaps of the tiles targeting any lichen, tiny moss spores and all other organic growth on the tiles. This step can take some time once the excess moss has initially been dislodged but again the tiles are unharmed and with the added application of bespoke chemicals this will stop the moss from growing back for several years making this method the most worthwhile.
What is the process?
We will supervise the roof attentively before starting any work, to determine the best cleaning method to use depending on your roof. Then we will assess what’s growing there and the how best to remove the growth. Next we can begin 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 improvement as time passes.
Below are some of the local areas we cover
We cover the majority of Kent as well as all nearby towns including:
A few things to consider.
We’ve already hinted at some other factors that can affect a roof cleaning service. Now, let’s have a quick look at these.
- Size of dwelling and the area of the roof.
- The level of vegetation that is currently on the roof.
- Type of roof – e.g. with a thatched roof, no water is involved.
- How accessible is the roof?
- How high is the roof?
Keeping all of the above in mind, don’t risk serious damage to yourself or dis-repair to your house by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Complete the free quote form or give us a call for your quote, and leave it to the professionals.