Roof Cleaning in Catchgate
Roof Cleaning Catchgate offers a full roof cleaning service for residential and commercial properties in Catchgate and surrounding villages/towns within a 40 mile radius of Newcastle Upon Tyne. Getting your roof cleaned is a speedy way of improving the look of your home, by removing dirt, moss, lichen and anything else that has grown on your roof.
As a roof ages and become more porous, they are often invaded by moss and debris. Keeping your roof clean and void of any moss can be quite difficult for the majority of homeowners and may become a constant annoyance.
Would it not be wonderful to have your roof look brand new again?
Why do it?
A large accumulation of moss and algae on your roof and other organic growth could well cause serious problems with the roof and the durability of the tiles will over time be affected too. If you ignore your roof, you’ll find these plants will rapidly grow out of control with their roots finding their way into weak spots in the roof tiles, gradually widening them over the course of time until cracks become visible. Like all plants they need water to thrive, and after it rains, they’ll work like a sponge securing as much water as they can. As it works its way in the cracks within your roof it might well cause serious and costly damage to the rafters and joists. Lastly you could well discover moss that has come loose and fallen down the roof into your gutter which in time can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which damages and soaks into your fascia’s. In truth, arranging to have a roof cleaned is a necessary service for a few 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 because of organic growths like lichen and moss, and at that point a roof cleaning service is needed. Roofs are also periodically tarnished and stained by a common place bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the general appearance of your otherwise charming house. Without a doubt, this bacteria growth is completely natural but after all it isn’t attractive to look at and gradually it can damage your roof. Comparing a clean roof and one that needs a clean can be night and day. After years of seeing your roof get progressively dirtier wouldn’t it be brilliant to see it looking almost as good as new again?
Maybe you’re wondering, “Is this a simple DIY job that I should try to do myself?” Let’s look at some evidence to propose what the best way to do this is.
Should I do this alone?
The biggest reason why most people don’t clean their own roof is since it requires working at a height where a lot of us wouldn’t feel safe or comfortable. At these kinds of heights any kind of slip can result in a very serious injury.
Also, many would expect having your roof cleaned requires pressure washing but it doesn’t have to and let’s look at some reasons why ideally a roof shouldn’t be pressure washed. High pressure cleaning may clear away moss from your roof, but the aggressive 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 just grow back!
Power washing additionally affects the lifespan of the tiles which could result in more trouble in the future with most tile manufacturing companies also cautioning people against this form of roof cleaning.
Power washing a roof is the least popular option as this could disturb or break delicate tiles from the pressure of the power washer but may also ruin your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many dodgy tradesmen who do this kind of work, reckon it’s easy money and that it does not take any skill. How wrong can they be A job such as this requires a level of skill and care that we can provide. Using proper roof access equipment, the right tools and our skill and know-how we can provide for you a roof cleaning service that is worthwhile without you needing to put yourself at unwanted risk.
What are the best ways to clean my roof?
It is best to have your roof cleaned by a specialised cleaning company. One of the gentlest yet most beneficial ways to clear away roof moss and clean the roof is by using the scraping approach. Using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will easily remove any moss on the roof without leaving 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 manners of roof cleaning such as high-powered pressure washing.
One more effective method is the use of chemicals. Using a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been scraped off will soak into the tile but most importantly into the overlaps of the tiles killing off any tiny moss spores, lichen and all other organic growth on the tiles. This procedure can take some time once the excess moss has initially been removed but again the tiles remain intact and by adding an application of bespoke chemicals this will hinder the moss from returning for several years making this method the most worthwhile.
How is it done?
We will investigate your roof with care and attention 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 how best to dislodge 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 killing the spores. You’ll notice an instant improvement and continued improvement over time.
Here are a few of the local areas we cover
We can cover 40 miles around Newcastle including all surrounding towns including:
A few things to consider.
We have already hinted at some other elements that can affect having your roof cleaned. So, let’s also consider the following.
- Size of dwelling and the area of the roof.
- How much vegetation is currently on the roof.
- The type of roof – for example with a thatched roof, no water is involved.
- How accessible is the roof?
- Height of the roof.
Keeping the aforementioned points in mind, don’t risk serious injury to yourself or damage to your home by attempting a DIY roof clean. Fill out the free quote form or ring us for a free quote, and leave it to the professionals.