Roof Cleaning in Alston
Roof Cleaning Alston offers a professional roof cleaning service for residential and commercial premises in Alston and surrounding villages/towns within a 40 mile radius of Newcastle Upon Tyne. Having your roof cleaned can be a relatively speedy way to improve the appearance of your home, by removing dirt, moss, lichen and more that has grown on your roof.
As roofs age and become more porous, many become invaded by moss, algae and dirt. Keeping your roof clean and free of moss and dirt is often challenging for many householders and becomes a source of problems.
Wouldn’t it be nice to have your roof looking like brand new again?
Why do it?
A large accumulation of dirt, moss on your roof and other organic growth may cause you big issues with your roof and the durability of the tiles will over time be affected too. If you neglect your roof, you’ll find these plants will swiftly spread out of control with their roots finding their way into vulnerable 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 thrive, and after it rains, they’ll work like a sponge retaining as much water as possible. Once it finds its way in the cracks within your roof it may well cause serious and costly damage to the rafters and joists. Also you could well become aware of moss that has dislodged and fallen down the roof into your gutter which in time can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which penetrates and damages your fascia boards. In truth, having the roof cleaned is a necessary job for a number of reasons.
For many though getting their roof cleaned is solely an aesthetic choice and we can’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very unsightly due to organic growths like moss and lichen, and then a roof cleaning service is needed. Roofs are also periodically discoloured and stained by a prevalent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the familiar appearance of your otherwise beautiful home. Of course, this bacteria growth is not unusual nonetheless it isn’t pleasant to see 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 seeing your roof get more and more dirty wouldn’t it be lovely to see it looking like brand new once more?
Maybe you’re wondering, “Is this a simple DIY job that I should try to do myself?” Let’s look at some evidence to recommend what the best possible solution is here.
Can I just clean it myself?
The biggest reason why a lot of people don’t want to risk cleaning their own roof is since it involves working at a height where most of us wouldn’t feel comfortable or safe. At these kinds of heights any kind of fall can result in a very serious injury.
Also, a lot of people would assume roof cleaning involves pressure washing however it doesn’t have 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 intense jets of water may disturb the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding any loft spaces and it is highly likely that the moss will simply grow back!
Jet washing also affects the lifespan of the tiles which could mean more issues further down the road with the majority of tile manufacturing businesses also cautioning people against this form of roof cleaning.
Pressure washing a roof is the least popular option as this in many instances can disturb or break fragile tiles from the pressure of the jet washer but could also ruin your roof when walking on the tiles and disrupting the tiles.
Many cow-boy companies who carry out this kind of work, claim it is easy money and that it does not require a lot of skill. How true is that? A job such as this requires a degree of experience and skill that we can deliver. Using proper roof access equipment, the right tools and our skill and understanding we can deliver a roof cleaning service that is worthwhile without you needing to put yourself at unwanted risk.
Which are the best ways to have my roof cleaned?
It is best to have your roof cleaned by a company that specialises in this area. One of the kindest yet most effective ways to get rid of roof moss and clean the roof is by using the scraping approach. Using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will easily flake off any moss on the roof leaving no scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.
Remember – with this approach there is no damage to the tiles and there is no risk of flooding, unlike other roof cleaning methods such as high-powered pressure washing.
Another effective method is the use of chemicals. Applying a fungicide/moss killer once the moss has been gently removed will absorb into the tile and most importantly into the gaps in the tiles destroying any lichen, tiny moss spores and all other organic growth on the tiles. This step 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 specific chemicals this will stop the moss from growing back for many years making this the most worthwhile method.
How is it done?
We will supervise your roof attentively before commencing any work, to determine the best cleaning method to use depending on your roof. Then we will consider what’s growing there and the best way to clear out the growth. Then we can start to work on eradicating your roof of organic colonising growths by getting deep into the root system of the moss and eliminating the spores. You’ll notice an immediate improvement and continued improvement as time passes.
Below are some of the towns and villages we cover
We can cover a radius 40 miles from Newcastle including all nearby places including:
Some factors to think about.
We have already considered some other elements that can affect a roof cleaning service. So, look at the following.
- Size of dwelling and the area of the roof.
- How much vegetation is currently on the roof.
- Type of roof – e.g. with a thatched roof, no water is used.
- How accessible is the roof?
- How high is the roof?
Keeping all of the above in mind, it is not worth risking serious damage to you or dis-repair to your house by attempting a DIY roof clean. Complete the quote form or give us a call for a free quote, and leave it to the professionals.