Roof Cleaning in Blackwell
Roof Cleaning Blackwell offers a professional roof cleaning service for private and commercial properties in Blackwell and surrounding areas within a 40 mile radius of Newcastle Upon Tyne. Having your roof cleaned can be a relatively simple way to improve the look of your house, by getting rid of dirt, moss, lichen and more that has accumulated on your roof.
As roofs age and get more porous, they are often invaded by moss and debris. Maintaining a roof that is clean and free of moss may be very difficult for most householders and becomes a constant cause for problems.
Wouldn’t it be nice to have your roof look new again?
Why do it?
A large accumulation of moss and algae on the tiles on your roof and other organic growth may cause major issues with the roof and the life-span of the tiles will eventually be affected too. If you overlook your roof, you’ll find these plants will rapidly grow uncontrollably with their roots working their way into weak spots in the roof tiles, steadily widening them over time until cracks emerge. Like all plants they need water to live, and once it has rained, they’ll act like a sponge holding as much water as they can. Once it finds its way in the cracks into your roof it could cause serious and costly damage to the rafters and joists. Lastly you could well become aware of moss that has come loose and fallen down the roof finding itself 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 an important job for many reasons.
For many though getting their roof cleaned is purely an aesthetic preference and we can’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very unattractive due to organic growths like moss and lichen, and this is when a roof cleaning company is needed. Roofs are also periodically discoloured and stained by an everyday bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the natural appearance of your otherwise charming dwelling. Of course, this bacteria growth is completely natural but after all it isn’t nice to see 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 seeing your roof get more and more dirty wouldn’t it be lovely to see it looking almost as good as new once more?
Maybe you’re wondering, “Is this a easy DIY job that I should have a go at doing myself?” Let’s look at some evidence to propose what the best possible solution is here.
Should I clean it alone?
The biggest reason why a lot of people haven’t attempted to clean their own roof is since it requires working at a height where most of us wouldn’t feel safe or comfortable. At these kinds of heights any kind of slip can lead to a very serious injury.
Additionally, a lot of people would think having your roof cleaned requires pressure washing but it doesn’t need to and here are some reasons why preferably a roof should not be pressure washed. Jet washing may get rid of moss from your roof, but the high powered jets of water may damage the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding the loft space and it is highly likely that the moss will simply grow back!
Power washing also affects the lifespan of the tiles which could result in more problems in the future with most tile manufacturing companies also warning people against this manner of cleaning roofs.
Jet washing your roof is the least popular option as this in many instances can dislodge or break delicate tiles due to the pressure of the power washer but can also ruin your roof when walking on the tiles and disrupting the tiles.
Many cow-boy tradesmen who do this kind of work, think that it is easy money or that it doesn’t require a lot of skill. How true is that? A service like this requires a degree of skill and attention that we can deliver. Using the appropriate roof access equipment, the best tools and our experience and know-how we can deliver a roof cleaning service that pleases you without you needing to put yourself at unwanted risk.
What is the best way to clean my roof?
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 clear away roof moss and clean the roof is by employing the scraping method. Using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will efficiently flake off any moss on your roof and there won’t be any scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.
As previously stated – using this approach there is no damage to the tiles and there is no flood risk, unlike other methods such as pressure washing.
Another effective method is the use of chemicals. Applying a fungicide/moss killer once the moss has been gently removed will permeate into the tile and most importantly into the gaps in the tiles targeting any tiny moss spores, lichen and all other organic growth on the tiles. This procedure 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 with the added application of specific chemicals this will stop the moss from returning for several years making this method the most worthwhile.
What is the process?
We will inspect the roof carefully before commencing any work, to identify the best approach to take depending on your roof. Then we will consider what’s growing there and the how best to clear out the growth. We can then start to work on purging your roof of organic colonising growths by getting deep into the moss root system and killing the spores. You’ll notice an immediate improvement and continued improvement as time passes.
Here are some of the nearby areas we cover
We can cover 40 miles around Newcastle as well as all nearby areas including:
A few factors to consider.
We’ve already looked at some other factors that can affect a roof cleaning service. So, let’s have a quick look at these.
- Size of dwelling and the size of the roof.
- How much vegetation is growing on the roof.
- The type of roof – e.g. in the case of a thatched roof, no water is involved.
- Accessibility of the roof.
- Height of the roof.
Keeping the aforementioned points in mind, it is not worth risking serious insult to you or dis-repair to your dwelling by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Complete the quote form or call us for a free quote, and leave it to us.