Roof Cleaning in Cornforth
Roof Cleaning Cornforth offers a professional roof cleaning service for private and commercial premises in Cornforth and surrounding areas within a 40 mile radius of Newcastle Upon Tyne. Roof cleaning can be a quick and easy improvement to make to the appearance of your property, by getting rid of moss, dirt and more that has accumulated there.
As a roof becomes older and become more porous, they are often invaded by algae, moss and dirt. Maintaining a roof that is clean and free of moss may be quite difficult for the majority of householders and can become a continual cause for problems.
Wouldn’t it be nice to have your roof look new again?
Why do it?
A really serious build-up of moss, dirt on the tiles on your roof and other natural growth may cause you major problems with the roof and the life-span of the tiles will in time be compromised too. If you neglect your roof, you’ll find these plants will quickly grow uncontrollably with their roots creeping their way into weaknesses in the tiles of the roof, gradually widening them throughout time until cracks appear. Like all living organisms they need water to thrive, and after it rains, they’ll act like a sponge securing 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. Also you could well discover moss that has come loose and rolled down the roof into your gutter which can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which damages and soaks into your fascia’s. In conclusion, having a roof cleaned is an important job for a number of reasons.
For many people though wanting a clean roof is entirely an aesthetic preference and we don’t blame you for that! Roofs can become very unsightly because of organic growths like lichen and moss, and this is when a roof cleaning professional is needed. Roofs are also often tarnished and stained by a frequent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the familiar appearance of your otherwise charming home. Without a doubt, this bacteria growth is completely normal but after all it isn’t pleasant to look at and it can over time 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 almost as good as new again?
The next question is, “Is this a straightforward 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.
Could I just clean it alone?
The biggest reason why most people don’t want to risk cleaning their own roof is the fact that it involves working at a height where most of us wouldn’t feel comfortable or safe. At these kinds of heights any type of tumble can result in a very serious injury.
Additionally, lots of people would think roof cleaning involves pressure washing however it doesn’t need to and here are some reasons why in most circumstances a roof shouldn’t be pressure washed. Jet washing may clear away moss from your roof, but the aggressive jets of water may disturb the tiles or other roof fittings, risk flooding a loft and there is a good chance that the moss will simply grow back!
Power washing also affects the longevity of the tiles which could result in more issues further down the road with many tile manufacturing businesses also advising against this form of cleaning roofs.
Power washing your roof is the least ideal option as this can often disrupt or break frail tiles from the pressure of the power washer but can also harm your roof when walking on the tiles and disrupting the tiles.
Many dodgy tradespeople who carry out this kind of work, claim it is easy money and that it doesn’t take a lot of skill. Is there any truth in that? A job such as this requires a degree of skill and care that we can assure. Using proper roof access equipment, the correct tools and our experience and know-how we can provide for you a roof cleaning service that is worthwhile without you needing 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 remove moss on your roof and clean your roof is by employing the scraping approach. Using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will efficiently remove any moss on the roof leaving no scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.
As previously stated – using this method the tiles are not damaged and there is no flood risk, unlike other methods such as high-powered pressure washing.
Another effective method is the use of chemicals. Utilising a fungicide/moss killer once the moss has been scraped off will permeate 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 roof cleaning process can take some time once the excess moss has initially been dislodged but again the tiles remain intact and with the added application of roof cleaning chemicals this will prevent the moss from growing back for several years making this the best method.
What is the process?
We will inspect the roof carefully before beginning any work, to identify the best course of action depending on your roof. Then we will assess what’s growing there and the how best to dislodge the growth. Next we can begin to work on purging the roof of organic colonising growths by getting deep into the moss root system and killing the spores. You’ll notice an improvement straight away and continued improvement as time passes.
Here are some of the local areas we cover
We cover 40 miles around Newcastle as well as all surrounding towns including:
Some factors to consider.
We have already hinted at some other elements that can affect having your roof cleaned. Now, consider just a few more.
- Size of house and the size of its roof.
- How much vegetation is currently 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, don’t risk serious injury to yourself or dis-repair to your dwelling by attempting a DIY roof clean. Complete the quote form or call us for your free quote, and leave it to the professionals.