Roof Cleaning Wrotham offer a complete roof cleaning service for residential and business premises in Wrotham and surrounding towns and villages in Kent. Having your roof cleaned is a relatively quick and easy improvement to make to the appearance of your property, by getting rid of moss, dirt and anything else that has built up on your roof.
As a roof ages and get more porous, they are often affected by moss, algae and dirt. Keeping your roof clean and without moss is usually very difficult for most homeowners and becomes a constant source of problems.
Would it not be nice to have your roof look brand new again?
Why do it?
A large build-up of moss and algae on your roof and other organic growth is likely to cause serious issues with your roof and the durability of the tiles will in time be compromised too. If you overlook your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will swiftly grow out of control with their roots finding their way into weak spots in the tiles of the roof, progressively widening them over time until cracks appear. Like all living organisms they need water to thrive, and when it rains, they’ll work like a sponge holding as much water as possible. As it works its way in the cracks within your roof it may well cause serious and expensive damage to the rafters and joists. Also you could well become aware of moss that has come loose and rolled down the roof finding itself in your gutter which in time can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which saturates and damages your fascia boards. In truth, having your roof cleaned is a required service for many reasons.
For a lot of people though wanting a clean roof is solely an aesthetic preference and we can’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very unattractive because of organic growths like lichen and moss, and at that point a roof cleaning professional is needed. Roofs are also frequently tarnished and stained by a common place bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the natural appearance of your otherwise beautiful house. Without a doubt, this bacteria growth is not unusual nonetheless it isn’t nice to look at and gradually it can damage your roof. Comparing a clean roof and one that needs a clean can be night and day. After months and years of observing your roof get dirtier and dirtier wouldn’t it be lovely to see it looking like brand new once more?
The next question is, “Is this a straightforward DIY job that I should attempt to do myself?” Let’s look at some evidence to suggest what the best possible solution is here.
Could I just clean it myself?
The most common reason why most people don’t clean their own roof is the fact that it usually means working at a height where most of us wouldn’t feel safe or comfortable. At these kinds of heights any type of slip can lead to a very serious wound.
Plus, lots of people would assume getting your roof cleaned requires pressure washing however it doesn’t need to and here are some reasons why in most circumstances a roof shouldn’t be pressure washed. Jet washing may clear away moss from the roof, but the high powered jets of water may disturb the tiles or other roof fittings, risk flooding a loft and there is a good chance that the moss will simply grow back!
Jet washing additionally affects the longevity of the tiles which could result in more issues in the future with many tile manufacturing businesses also warning people against this manner of roof cleaning.
Jet washing a roof is the least ideal option as this could disturb or break weak tiles from the pressure of the jet washer but could also ruin your roof when walking on the tiles and disrupting the tiles.
Many rogue tradespeople who carry out this kind of work, think it’s easy money or that it doesn’t need a lot of skill. How true is that? A service such as this requires a degree of skill and care that we can assure. Using the appropriate roof access equipment, the right tools and our skill and know-how we can deliver a roof cleaning service that you are happy with without you having to put yourself at unwanted risk.
What is the best way to clean my roof?
It is best to have your roof cleaning done by a specialised cleaning company. One of the kindest yet most effective ways to get rid of roof moss and clean your roof is by employing the scraping approach. Using a 9″ scraper on a dry day will easily flake off any moss on the roof without leaving any scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.
Remember – using this approach the tiles are not damaged and there is no risk of flooding, unlike other roof cleaning methods such as jet washing.
One more effective method is that of using chemicals. Utilising a fungicide/moss killer once the moss has been scraped off will soak into the tile but most importantly into the gaps in the tiles destroying any tiny moss spores, lichen and any other organic growth on the tiles. This procedure can take some time after the excess moss has initially been removed but again the tiles are unharmed and by adding an application of specific chemicals this will hinder the moss from growing back for many years making this the most worthwhile method.
How is it done?
We will investigate the roof carefully 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 remove the growth. Next we can start to work on cleansing the roof of organic colonising growths by getting right into the root system of the moss and killing the spores. You’ll notice an improvement straight away and continued change as time passes.
Below are a few of the nearby towns and villages we cover
We can cover the majority of Kent and all local towns including:
A few factors to think about.
We’ve already looked at some other factors that can affect having your roof cleaned. So, look at the following.
- Size of dwelling and the size of the roof.
- The level of vegetation that is growing on the roof.
- Type of roof – for example in the case of a thatched roof, no water is used.
- Accessibility of the roof.
- How high is the roof?
Keeping all of the above in mind, don’t risk serious damage to yourself or damage to your home by attempting a DIY roof clean. Fill out the free quote form or give us a call for a quote, and leave it to the pros.