Roof Cleaning in Birtley
Roof Cleaning Birtley offers a roof cleaning service for residential and commercial properties in Birtley and surrounding towns and villages within a 40 mile radius of Newcastle Upon Tyne. Having your roof cleaned is a quick and easy improvement to make to the look of your house, by clearing moss, lichen, dirt and more that has built up there.
As a roof ages and get more porous, many become affected by moss and debris. Maintaining a roof that is clean and free of moss is often quite difficult for many owners and may become a continual source of issues.
Would it not be great to have your roof looking like brand new again?
Why should I have it cleaned?
Large amounts of accumulation of dirt, moss on your roof and other natural growth could well cause you serious issues with the roof and the life expectancy of the tiles will eventually be affected too. If you ignore your roof, you’ll find these plants will swiftly spread uncontrollably with their roots working their way into weaknesses in the tiles of the roof, steadily widening them throughout time until cracks emerge. Like all living organisms they need water to live, and when it rains, they’ll act like a sponge securing as much water as they possibly can. Once it finds its way through the cracks within your roof it could cause serious and costly deterioration to the rafters and joists. Lastly you could well find moss that has come loose and fallen down the roof ending up in your gutter which can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which penetrates and damages your fascia’s. Really then, having the roof cleaned is a necessary service for a number of reasons.
For many people though getting their roof cleaned is entirely an aesthetic choice and we don’t blame you for that! Roofs can become very dull due to organic growths like lichen and moss, and then a roof cleaning professional is vital. Roofs are also often discoloured and stained by an everyday bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the natural appearance of your otherwise stunning house. Without a doubt, this bacteria growth is completely normal nonetheless it isn’t pleasant to look at and it can over time damage your roof. The difference between a clean roof and one that hasn’t been cleaned can be night and day. After months and years of watching your roof get more and more dirty wouldn’t it be lovely to see it looking almost as good as new again?
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 suggest what the best possible solution is here.
Can I do this myself?
The biggest reason why most people haven’t attempted to clean their own roof is because it requires working at a height where many of us wouldn’t feel safe and secure. At these kinds of heights any kind of tumble can lead to a very serious wound.
Additionally, lots of people would expect having your roof cleaned requires pressure washing but it doesn’t need to and here are some reasons why preferably a roof shouldn’t be pressure washed. Pressure washing may get rid of moss from the roof, but the aggressive jets of water may disturb the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding any loft spaces and it’s more than likely that the moss will quickly grow back!
Power washing also affects the longevity of the tiles which could mean more issues in the future with the majority of tile manufacturing companies also warning people against this manner of roof cleaning.
Jet washing a roof is the least popular option as this could dislodge or break frail tiles from the pressure of the jet washer but may also harm your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many rogue tradespeople who attempt this kind of work, reckon it’s easy money or that it does not need any skill. How true is that? A service like this requires a degree of experience and skill that we can provide. Using proper roof access equipment, the correct tools and our skill and understanding we can deliver a roof cleaning service that is worthwhile without you having to put yourself at needless risk.
What are the best ways to clean my roof?
It is recommended that you have your roof cleaning done by a company that specialises in this area. One of the kindest yet most beneficial ways to remove roof moss and clean your roof is by using the scraping approach. Using a 9″ scraper on a dry day will effortlessly remove any moss on the roof without leaving any scratch marks on the tiles .
Remember – with this method there is no damage to the tiles and there is no risk of flooding, unlike other manners of roof cleaning such as high-powered pressure washing.
Another effective method is the use of 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 roof cleaning process can take some time after the excess moss has initially been dislodged but again the tiles are unharmed and with the added application of specific chemicals this will hinder the moss from returning for several years making this the most worthwhile method.
How is it done?
We will inspect the roof attentively before beginning 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. 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 destroying the spores. You’ll notice an immediate improvement and continued change as time passes.
Below are a few of the nearby towns and villages we cover
We can cover 40 miles around Newcastle as well as all local towns including:
Some things to think about.
We’ve already hinted at some other factors that can affect a roof cleaning job. So, let’s have a quick look at these.
- Size of dwelling and the size of its roof.
- The level of vegetation that is present on the roof.
- The 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 everything we have just mentioned in mind, don’t risk serious damage to yourself or damage to your dwelling by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Fill in the free quote form or ring us for a quote, and leave it to us.