Roof Cleaning in Bishop Auckland
Roof Cleaning Bishop Auckland offers a professional roof cleaning service for private and commercial premises in Bishop Auckland and surrounding villages/towns within a 40 mile radius of Newcastle Upon Tyne. Roof cleaning can be a speedy way to improve the look of your home, by clearing moss, lichen, dirt and more that has grown there.
As a roof ages and get more porous, many become affected by moss and dirt. Maintaining a roof that is clean and void of any moss and dirt is usually very difficult for many homeowners and becomes a source of problems.
Wouldn’t it be nice to have your roof looking like brand new again?
Why do it?
Large amounts of accumulation of dirt, moss on your roof and other natural growth is likely to cause big 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 plants will quickly grow out of control with their roots finding their way into vulnerable spots in the roof tiles, gradually widening them over the course of time until cracks emerge. Like all living organisms they need water to live, and after it rains, they’ll behave like a sponge holding as much water as possible. As it finds its way in the cracks into your roof it might well cause serious and costly deterioration to the rafters and joists. Lastly you could well become aware of moss that has dislodged and fallen down the roof ending up 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 an important job for a few reasons.
For many though wanting a clean roof is entirely an aesthetic choice and we don’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very unsightly due to organic growths like lichen and moss, and this is when a roof cleaning company is necessary. Roofs are also often discoloured and stained by a prevalent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the natural appearance of your otherwise charming house. By all means, this bacteria growth is not unusual however it isn’t attractive to look at 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 years of watching your roof get progressively dirtier wouldn’t it be great to see it looking as good as new again?
The next question is, “Is this a simple 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 clean it alone?
The most common reason why a lot of people don’t clean their own roof is because it involves working at a height where many of us wouldn’t feel safe or comfortable. At these kinds of heights any sort of slip can result in a very serious injury.
Also, lots of people would expect having your roof cleaned involves pressure washing however it doesn’t have to and let’s look at some reasons why in most circumstances a roof shouldn’t be pressure washed. High pressure cleaning may clear away moss from the roof, but the intense jets of water may dislodge the tiles or other roof fittings, risk flooding a loft and it’s more than likely that the moss will simply grow back!
Jet washing also affects the longevity of the tiles which could result in more problems in the future with most tile manufacturing companies also cautioning people against this form of roof cleaning.
Jet washing your roof is the least ideal option as this could disrupt or break delicate tiles from the pressure of the jet washer but could also harm your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many rogue companies who do this kind of work, think it is easy money and that it doesn’t take any skill. How true is that? A service like this requires a degree of skill and attention that we can assure. Using the appropriate roof access equipment, the best tools and our experience and know-how we can deliver a roof cleaning service that is worthwhile without you needing to put yourself at unwanted risk.
What are the best ways to have my roof cleaned?
It is best to have your roof cleaned by a specialised cleaning company. One of the gentlest yet most effective ways to clear away moss on your roof and clean the roof is by using the scraping approach. By using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will easily flake off any moss on your roof leaving no scratch marks on the tiles .
Remember – using this method the tiles are not damaged and there is no risk of flooding, unlike other methods such as jet washing.
One more effective method is to use chemicals. Utilising a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been scraped off will absorb into the tile but most importantly into the overlaps of the tiles destroying 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 removed but again there is no damage to the surface of the tile and by adding an application of roof cleaning chemicals this will prevent the moss from growing back for many years making this method the most worthwhile.
How is it done?
We will supervise your roof carefully before beginning 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. We can then begin to work on purging the roof of organic colonising growths by getting right into the moss root system and eliminating the spores. You’ll notice an immediate improvement and continued change over time.
Below are some of the local towns and villages we cover
We can cover 40 miles around Newcastle and all nearby areas including:
A few factors to think about.
We have already looked at some other factors that can affect a roof cleaning job. Now, consider just a few more.
- Size of house and the area of its roof.
- How much vegetation is present on the roof.
- The type of roof – e.g. in the case of a thatched roof, no water is involved.
- How accessible is the roof?
- How high is the roof?
Keeping all of the above in mind, it is not worth risking serious insult to yourself or dis-repair to your home by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Complete the free quote form or call us for your free quote, and leave it to the professionals.