Roof Cleaning in Alnwick
Roof Cleaning Alnwick provides a full roof cleaning service for home and business properties in Alnwick and surrounding areas within a 40 mile radius of Newcastle Upon Tyne. Having your roof cleaned is a relatively speedy improvement to make to the look of your house, by removing moss and anything else that has built up there.
As a roof becomes older and get more porous, they are often affected by moss, algae and dirt. Maintaining a roof that is clean and free of moss and algae can be challenging for the majority of homeowners and can become a constant cause for problems.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have your roof looking like brand new again?
Why should I do it?
Large amounts of accumulation of moss, dirt on your roof and other organic growth may cause you serious problems with your roof and the durability of the tiles will in time be compromised too. If you neglect your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will swiftly grow uncontrollably with their roots finding their way into weak spots in the tiles of the roof, steadily widening them over the course of time until cracks emerge. Like all plants they need water to live, and when it rains, they’ll work like a sponge holding as much water as they can. As it finds its way in the cracks within your roof it may well cause serious and expensive deterioration to the rafters and joists. Finally you could well become aware of moss that has come loose and fallen down the roof ending up in your gutter which can result in overflowing rainwater from your gutter which penetrates and damages your fascia’s. Really then, getting the roof cleaned is an important job for many reasons.
For many people though cleaning their roof is simply an aesthetic decision and we don’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very unsightly due to organic growths like moss and lichen, and then a roof cleaning professional is necessary. Roofs are also periodically discoloured and stained by a prevalent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the general appearance of your otherwise beautiful house. Of course, this bacteria growth is completely natural nonetheless it isn’t pleasant to see and after a while it can damage your roof. Comparing a clean roof and one that hasn’t been cleaned can be night and day. After months and years of seeing your roof get dirtier and dirtier wouldn’t it be lovely to see it looking almost as good as new like it used to?
Maybe you’re wondering, “Is this a straightforward DIY job that I should try to do myself?” Let’s consider some evidence to recommend what the best possible solution is here.
Should I do this alone?
The most common reason why most people haven’t attempted to clean their own roof is because it involves working at a height where most of us wouldn’t feel safe or comfortable. At these kinds of heights any sort of slip can lead to a very serious wound.
Also, many would expect getting your roof cleaned involves 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. Pressure washing may clear away moss from your roof, but the high powered jets of water may disturb the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding a loft and it is highly likely that the moss will just grow back!
High pressure washing also affects the lifespan of the tiles which could mean more problems further down the road with the majority of tile manufacturing businesses also cautioning people against this manner of roof cleaning.
Jet washing a 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 damage your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many dodgy tradespeople who do this kind of work, claim it is easy money or that it does not require any skill. How true is that? A service such as this requires a level of skill and care that we can assure. Using the appropriate roof access equipment, the right tools and our experience and know-how we can provide for you a roof cleaning service that is worthwhile without you needing to put yourself at needless risk.
Which are the best ways to clean my roof?
It is recommended that you have your roof cleaned by a specialised cleaning company. One of the most gentle yet most effective ways to clear away roof moss and clean your roof is by employing the scraping method. By using a 9″ scraper on a dry day will effortlessly flake off any moss on your roof leaving no scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.
Remember – with this method the tiles are not damaged and there is no risk of flooding, unlike other manners of roof cleaning such as high-powered pressure washing.
Another effective method is that of using chemicals. Utilising a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been gently removed will permeate into the tile and most importantly into the gaps in the tiles killing off 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 hinder the moss from returning for many years making this method the most worthwhile.
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 approach to take to dislodge the growth. Next we can start to work on purging your roof of organic colonising growths by getting right into the moss root system and destroying the spores. You’ll notice an improvement straight away and continued change as time passes.
Here are some of the places we cover
We cover a radius 40 miles from Newcastle as well as all surrounding places including:
Some factors to think about.
We’ve already hinted at some other factors that can affect a roof cleaning service. Now, consider just a few more.
- Size of dwelling and the area of its 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 involved.
- How accessible is the roof?
- How high is the roof?
Keeping the aforementioned points in mind, it is not worth risking serious damage to yourself or damage to your home by attempting a DIY roof clean. Complete the quote form or ring us for a free quote, and leave it to the pros.