Roof Cleaning in Darlington
Roof Cleaning Darlington offer a professional roof cleaning service for residential and business premises in Darlington and surrounding towns and villages within a 40 mile radius of Newcastle Upon Tyne. Roof cleaning is a quick way to improve the look of your property, by clearing dirt, moss, lichen and anything else that has accumulated there.
As a roof ages and get more porous, many become affected by moss and debris. Keeping the roof clean and without moss and algae can be challenging for the majority of owners and can become a major source of issues.
Wouldn’t it be nice to have your roof look brand new again?
Why have it cleaned?
Large amounts of build-up of moss and algae on the tiles on your roof 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 neglect your roof, you’ll find these plants will rapidly grow out of control with their roots creeping their way into weaknesses in the tiles of the roof, gradually widening them over time until cracks emerge. Like all plants they need water to survive, and once it has rained, they’ll behave like a sponge holding as much water as they possibly can. Once it finds its way through the cracks into your roof it could cause serious and expensive destruction to the rafters and joists. Lastly you could well discover moss that has dislodged and fallen down the roof finding itself in your gutter which can result in overflowing rainwater from your gutter which penetrates and damages your fascia boards. In truth, getting the roof cleaned is a required service for a few reasons.
For many though getting their roof cleaned is solely an aesthetic preference and we don’t blame you for that! Roofs can become very dull because of organic growths like moss and lichen, and this is when a roof cleaning professional is needed. Roofs are also often discoloured and stained by a prevalent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the general appearance of your otherwise beautiful home. Without a doubt, this bacteria growth is completely natural nonetheless it isn’t nice to see and gradually it can damage your roof. Comparing a clean roof and one that needs a clean can be night and day. After months and years of watching your roof get dirtier and dirtier wouldn’t it be great to see it looking as good as new like it used to?
The next question is, “Is this a straightforward DIY job that I should attempt to do myself?” Let’s look at some evidence to recommend what the best way to do this is.
Can I do this alone?
The most common reason why a lot of people haven’t attempted to clean their own roof is since it usually means 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 wound.
Plus, lots of people would assume roof cleaning requires pressure washing but it doesn’t have to and here are some reasons why in most circumstances a roof shouldn’t be pressure washed. High pressure cleaning may get rid of moss from your roof, but the aggressive jets of water may dislodge the tiles or other roof fittings, risk flooding the loft space and there is a good chance that the moss will quickly grow back!
High pressure washing also affects the lifespan of the tiles which could mean more problems further down the road 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 in many instances can disrupt or break frail tiles from the pressure of the power washer but could also damage your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many dodgy tradespeople who do this kind of work, reckon that it is easy money or that it does not require any skill. Is there any truth in that? A job such as this requires a level of experience and skill that we can provide. Using proper roof access equipment, the best 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 in unnecessary danger.
Which is the best way to clean my roof?
It is best to have your roof cleaning done by a company that specialises in this area. One of the gentlest yet most effective ways to remove moss on your roof and clean the roof is by using the scraping approach. Using a 9″ scraper on a dry day will easily flake off any moss on the roof leaving no scratch marks on the tiles .
As previously stated – with this approach there is no damage to the tiles and there is no risk of flooding, unlike other methods such as jet 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 but most importantly into the gaps in the tiles destroying 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 removed but again there is no damage to the surface of the tile and with the added application of roof cleaning chemicals this will hinder the moss from returning for several years making this the most worthwhile method.
What is the process?
We will investigate the roof with care and attention before starting 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 approach to take to clear out the growth. We can then begin to work on cleansing your roof of organic colonising growths by getting deep into the moss root system and destroying the spores. You’ll notice an immediate improvement and continued improvement over time.
Below are a few of the towns and villages we cover
We cover a radius 40 miles from Newcastle including all nearby towns including:
A few things to think about.
We have already hinted at some other things to consider that can affect having your roof cleaned. So, consider just a few more.
- Size of dwelling and the area of its roof.
- How much vegetation is currently on the roof.
- Type of roof – e.g. with a thatched roof, no water is involved.
- How accessible is the roof?
- How high is the roof?
Keeping the aforementioned points in mind, don’t risk serious insult to you or dis-repair to your dwelling by attempting a DIY roof clean. Complete the quote form or give us a call for a quote, and leave it to the pros.