Roof Cleaning in Cowpen

Roof Cleaning Cowpen provides a full roof cleaning service for home and business properties in Cowpen and surrounding towns and villages within a 40 mile radius of Newcastle Upon Tyne. Roof cleaning is a relatively simple way of improving the look of your home, by removing moss and anything else that has accumulated there.

As roofs age and get more porous, they are gradually affected by moss, algae and dirt. Maintaining a roof that is clean and without moss is often quite difficult for many householders and may become a constant annoyance.

Would it not be wonderful to have your roof looking like new again?

Roof Cleaning in Cowpen

Why have it cleaned?

Dirty roof cleaning Cowpen

Large amounts of accumulation of moss, dirt on the tiles on your roof and other natural growth could well cause big problems with your roof and the life expectancy of the tiles will eventually be affected too. If you neglect your roof, you’ll find these plants will rapidly grow out of control with their roots working their way into weaknesses in the roof tiles, gradually widening them over time until cracks emerge. Like all plants they need water to thrive, and once it has rained, they’ll behave like a sponge holding as much water as possible. As it works its way through the cracks within your roof it could cause serious and expensive damage to the rafters and joists. Finally you could well become aware of moss that has dislodged and rolled down the roof ending up in your gutter which can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which penetrates and damages your fascia boards. Really then, having the roof cleaned is an important service for many reasons.

For a lot of people though getting their roof cleaned is solely an aesthetic choice and we don’t blame you for that! Roofs can become very dull because of organic growths like lichen and moss, and then a roof cleaning professional is necessary. Roofs are also often tarnished and stained by a frequent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the familiar appearance of your otherwise beautiful home. By all means, this bacteria growth is completely normal but after all it isn’t nice to see and gradually it can damage your roof. The difference between a clean roof and one that needs a clean 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 almost as good as new again?

The next question is, “Is this a straightforward DIY job that I should have a go at doing myself?” Let’s look at some evidence to propose what the best way to do this is.

Should I clean it myself?

Roof Cleaning yourself in Cowpen

The most common reason why a lot of people haven’t attempted to clean their own roof is since it involves working at a height where a lot of us wouldn’t feel safe or comfortable. At these heights any sort of fall can result in a very serious injury.

Plus, many would think having your roof cleaned involves pressure washing however it doesn’t need to and let’s look at some reasons why in most circumstances a roof shouldn’t be pressure washed. Pressure washing may remove moss from the roof, but the high powered jets of water may dislodge the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding the loft space and there is a good chance that the moss will just grow back!

High pressure washing additionally affects the lifespan of the tiles which could mean more problems further down the road with the majority of tile manufacturing businesses also warning people against this form of roof cleaning.
Jet washing your roof is the least ideal option as this could dislodge or break weak tiles from the pressure of the power washer but can also ruin your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.

Many cow-boy tradespeople who carry out this kind of work, claim that it is easy money and that it doesn’t take a lot of skill. Is there any truth in that? A service such as this requires a level of experience and skill that we can provide. Using proper roof access equipment, the best tools and our skill and know-how we can provide for you a roof cleaning service that pleases you without you needing to put yourself at needless risk.

What are the best ways to clean my roof?

Roof Cleaning Cowpen

It is recommended that you have your roof cleaned by a specialised cleaning company. One of the most gentle yet most effective ways to remove roof moss and clean your roof is by using the scraping approach. Using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will effortlessly remove any moss on your roof without leaving any scratch marks on the tiles .

As previously stated – using this method there is no damage to the tiles and there is no risk of flooding, unlike other manners of roof cleaning such as pressure washing.

Another effective method is to use chemicals. Utilising a fungicide/moss killer once the moss has been scraped off will absorb into the tile and most importantly into the overlaps of the tiles killing off any tiny moss spores, lichen and any other organic growth on the tiles. This step can take some time once the excess moss has initially been scraped away but again the tiles remain intact 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 supervise the roof with care and attention before commencing any work, to identify the best course of action depending on your roof. Then we will look at what’s growing there and the best way to dislodge the growth. Then we can start to work on cleansing the 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 towns and villages we cover

We cover 40 miles around Newcastle as well as all local towns including:

Some factors to think about.

We’ve already hinted at some other elements that can affect a roof cleaning job. So, let’s also consider the following.

  • Size of dwelling and the size of the 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 used.
  • How accessible is the roof?
  • How high is the roof?

Keeping the aforementioned points in mind, don’t risk serious injury to you or dis-repair to your house by attempting a DIY roof clean. Fill out the free quote form or give us a call for your quote, and leave it to us.