Roof Cleaning in Durham
Roof Cleaning Durham offer a complete roof cleaning service for residential and commercial premises in Durham and surrounding areas within a 40 mile radius of Newcastle Upon Tyne. Roof cleaning can be a quick improvement to make to the appearance of your home, by getting rid of moss, dirt and more that has grown up there.
As a roof becomes older and become more porous, many become affected by moss and dirt. Maintaining a roof that is clean and without moss and debris is often challenging for the majority of homeowners and can become a major cause for annoyance.
Would it not be nice to have your roof looking like new again?
Why do it?
A really serious accumulation of moss, dirt on the tiles on your roof and other organic growth may cause you big problems with your roof and the durability of the tiles will over time be affected too. If you neglect your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will quickly spread out of control with their roots finding their way into weaknesses in the roof tiles, gradually widening them over time until cracks appear. Like all plants they need water to thrive, and after it rains, they’ll work like a sponge retaining as much water as possible. As it works its way through the cracks into your roof it could cause serious and expensive destruction to the rafters and joists. Lastly you could well become aware of moss that has come loose 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 conclusion, having the roof cleaned is a necessary service for a number of reasons.
For a lot of people though wanting a clean roof is solely an aesthetic decision and we don’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very unattractive due to organic growths like lichen and moss, and then a roof cleaning company is vital. Roofs are also often discoloured and stained by a common place bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the familiar appearance of your otherwise charming house. Without a doubt, this bacteria growth is completely natural but after all it isn’t pleasant to look at and after a while 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 dirtier and dirtier wouldn’t it be lovely to see it looking like brand new again?
Maybe you’re wondering, “Is this a easy DIY job that I should attempt to do myself?” Let’s look at some evidence to propose what the best possible solution is here.
Should I do this alone?
The most common reason why a lot of people don’t want to risk cleaning their own roof is since it involves working at a height where many of us wouldn’t feel safe or comfortable. At these heights any type of slip can result in a very serious wound.
Additionally, many would expect roof cleaning requires pressure washing but it doesn’t have to and here are some reasons why preferably a roof should not be pressure washed. High pressure cleaning may remove moss from the roof, but the aggressive jets of water may disturb the tiles or other roof fittings, risk flooding a loft and it is highly likely that the moss will just grow back!
Jet washing also affects the lifespan of the tiles which could result in more trouble in the future with many tile manufacturing companies also advising against this form of cleaning roofs.
Jet washing your roof is the least popular option as this in many instances can disturb or break delicate tiles from the pressure of the jet washer but may also damage your roof when walking on the tiles and disrupting the tiles.
Many dodgy tradesmen who carry out this kind of work, reckon it is easy money and that it doesn’t take a lot of skill. How true is that? A service like this requires a degree 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 pleases you without you having to put yourself in unnecessary danger.
Which is the best way to clean my roof?
It is recommended that you have your roof cleaned by a company that specialises in this area. One of the kindest yet most beneficial ways to clear away moss on your roof and clean the roof is by employing the scraping approach. Using a 9″ scraper on a dry day will easily flake off any moss on the roof and there won’t be any scratch marks on the tiles .
Remember – with this method the tiles are not damaged and there is no flood risk, unlike other methods such as jet washing.
Another effective method is that of using chemicals. Using a fungicide/moss killer once the moss has been gently removed will soak into the tile and most importantly into the gaps in the tiles targeting any tiny moss spores, lichen and any 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 with the added application of roof cleaning chemicals this will prevent the moss from growing back for many years making this method the most worthwhile.
How is it done?
We will supervise your roof attentively before beginning any work, to determine the best approach to take depending on your roof. Then we will consider what’s growing there and the best way to clear out the growth. Next we can start to work on eradicating the roof of organic colonising growths by getting deep into the root system of the moss and killing the spores. You’ll notice an immediate improvement and continued improvement over time.
Here are some of the local places we cover
We cover a radius 40 miles from Newcastle including all nearby areas including:
Some things to consider.
We have already considered some other factors that can affect a roof cleaning service. So, consider just a few more.
- Size of house and the size of its roof.
- The level of vegetation that is growing on the roof.
- The type of roof – e.g. with a thatched roof, no water is involved.
- Accessibility of the roof.
- How high is the roof?
Keeping all of the above in mind, it is not worth risking serious damage to yourself or damage to your dwelling by attempting a DIY roof clean. Fill in the quote form or give us a call for your free quote, and leave it to us.