Roof Cleaning in Cockerton
Roof Cleaning Cockerton provides a roof cleaning service for home and commercial properties in Cockerton and surrounding areas within a 40 mile radius of Newcastle Upon Tyne. Roof cleaning is a relatively quick improvement to make to the look of your property, by removing dirt, moss, lichen and more that has accumulated up there.
As a roof becomes older and become more porous, they are gradually affected by moss and debris. Maintaining a roof that is clean and void of any moss and algae can be challenging for the majority of owners and can become a major issues.
Wouldn’t it be great to have your roof looking like new again?
Why should I have it cleaned?
A large build-up of moss and algae on roof tiles and other natural growth is likely to cause you major problems with the roof and the life expectancy of the tiles will eventually be affected too. If you overlook your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will quickly spread out of control with their roots working their way into vulnerable spots in the tiles of the roof, progressively widening them over the course of time until cracks emerge. Like all living organisms they need water to live, and when it rains, they’ll work like a sponge retaining as much water as possible. As it finds its way in the cracks into your roof it may well cause serious and expensive destruction to the rafters and joists. Also you could well find moss that has come loose and rolled down the roof into your gutter which can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which saturates and damages your fascia’s. In truth, having the roof cleaned is a required job for a number of reasons.
For a lot of people though wanting a clean roof is entirely an aesthetic decision and we don’t blame you for that! Roofs can become very dull due to organic growths like lichen and moss, and this is when a roof cleaning service is needed. Roofs are also periodically discoloured and stained by a frequent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the natural appearance of your otherwise beautiful home. Without a doubt, this bacteria growth is not unusual nonetheless it isn’t attractive to look at and gradually it can damage your roof. Comparing a clean roof and one that needs cleaning can be night and day. After years of watching your roof get more and more dirty wouldn’t it be great to see it looking like brand new once more?
Next you might ask, “Is this a simple DIY job that I should attempt to do myself?” Let’s look at some evidence to propose what the best way to do this is.
Couldn’t I do this alone?
The most common reason why a lot of people don’t clean their own roof is since it involves working at a height where many of us wouldn’t feel comfortable or safe. At these heights any kind of slip can lead to a very serious injury.
Also, a lot of people would expect having your roof cleaned involves pressure washing however it doesn’t have to and here are some reasons why ideally a roof should not be pressure washed. Jet washing may remove moss from the 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 quickly grow back!
High pressure washing also affects the longevity of the tiles which could result in more trouble in the future with most tile manufacturing businesses also cautioning people against this form of cleaning roofs.
Jet washing your roof is the least ideal option as this could disturb or break weak tiles from the pressure of the jet washer but may 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 any skill. Is there any truth in that? A service such as this requires a degree of skill and attention that we can provide. Using proper roof access equipment, the best tools and our skill and know-how we can deliver a roof cleaning service that pleases you without you having to put yourself at needless risk.
What is the best way 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 beneficial ways to clear away roof moss and clean your roof is by employing the scraping approach. Using a 9″ scraper on a dry day will efficiently flake off any moss on your roof and there won’t be any scratch marks on the tiles .
Remember – with this approach the tiles are not damaged and there is no flood risk, unlike other manners of roof cleaning such as pressure washing.
Another effective method is the use of chemicals. Utilising a fungicide/moss killer once the moss has been gently removed will soak into the tile and 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 after the excess moss has initially been scraped away but again the tiles are unharmed and by adding an application of bespoke chemicals this will prevent the moss from returning for many years making this the most worthwhile method.
How is it done?
We will inspect your roof carefully before starting any work, to identify the best cleaning method to use depending on your roof. Then we will assess what’s growing there and the best way to dislodge the growth. Then we can start 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 improvement as time progresses.
Below are a few of the nearby areas we cover
We cover a radius 40 miles from Newcastle and all nearby areas including:
A few things to consider.
We have already looked at some other factors that can affect a roof cleaning service. So, consider just a few more.
- Size of house and the area of the roof.
- How much vegetation is growing on the roof.
- The type of roof – e.g. with a thatched roof, no water is used.
- Accessibility of the roof.
- Height of the roof.
Keeping all of the above in mind, don’t risk serious insult to yourself or dis-repair to your dwelling by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Fill out the quote form or ring us for a quote, and leave it to us.