Roof Cleaning in Ellington
Roof Cleaning Ellington offer a complete roof cleaning service for home and business properties in Ellington and surrounding areas within a 40 mile radius of Newcastle Upon Tyne. Getting your roof cleaned is a relatively simple improvement to make to the look of your house, by getting rid of moss, dirt and anything else that has accumulated on your roof.
As a roof becomes older and become more porous, they are gradually affected by moss, algae and dirt. Keeping the roof clean and free of moss and debris is often very difficult for the majority of householders and can become a constant problems.
Wouldn’t it be nice to have your roof looking like brand new again?
Why should I have it cleaned?
A large build-up of dirt, moss on the tiles on your roof and other natural growth could well cause you big issues with the roof and the life expectancy of the tiles will in time be compromised too. If you overlook your roof, you’ll find these plants will swiftly grow out of control with their roots working their way into vulnerable spots in the roof tiles, progressively widening them over the course of time until cracks appear. Like all living organisms they need water to thrive, and once it has rained, they’ll act like a sponge securing as much water as they can. As it works its way in the cracks within your roof it might well cause serious and costly damage to the rafters and joists. Finally you could well find moss that has come loose and fallen down the roof ending up in your gutter which in time can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which saturates and damages your fascia boards. In truth, having the roof cleaned is a required job for a few reasons.
For a lot of people though cleaning their roof is simply an aesthetic choice and we can’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very unattractive due to organic growths like lichen and moss, and this is when a roof cleaning company is needed. Roofs are also periodically tarnished and stained by a prevalent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the general appearance of your otherwise beautiful house. Of course, this bacteria growth is completely normal however it isn’t attractive to look at and gradually it can damage your roof. The difference between a clean roof and one that hasn’t been cleaned can be night and day. After months and years of watching your roof get progressively dirtier wouldn’t it be great to see it looking almost as good as new like it used to?
The next question is, “Is this a easy DIY job that I should attempt to do myself?” Let’s look at some evidence to recommend what the best possible solution is here.
Should I just clean it myself?
The biggest reason why most people don’t want to risk cleaning their own roof is the fact that it usually means working at a height where a lot of us wouldn’t feel safe or comfortable. At these heights any type of tumble can result in a very serious injury.
Also, lots of people would expect having your roof cleaned involves pressure washing however it doesn’t need to and here are some reasons why in most circumstances a roof should not be pressure washed. Pressure washing may remove moss from the roof, but the aggressive jets of water may disturb the tiles or 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 longevity of the tiles which could result in more issues further down the road with many tile manufacturing businesses also cautioning people against this manner of roof cleaning.
Power washing your roof is the least popular option as this could disrupt or break weak tiles due to the pressure of the power washer but can also damage your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many cow-boy tradesmen who carry out this kind of work, claim it’s easy money and that it does not need a lot of skill. How true is that? A job such as this requires a level of experience and skill that we can assure. Using the correct roof access equipment, the correct tools and our skill and know-how we can deliver a roof cleaning service that pleases you without you having to put yourself at unwanted risk.
What is the best way to have my roof cleaned?
It is best to have your roof cleaned by a specialised cleaning company. One of the gentlest yet most effective ways to remove roof moss and clean the roof is by using the scraping approach. Using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will efficiently flake off any moss on the roof and there won’t be any scratch marks on the tiles .
Don’t forget – using this approach the tiles are not damaged and there is no flood risk, unlike other methods such as pressure washing.
Another effective method is to use chemicals. Utilising a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been gently removed will absorb into the tile and most importantly into the overlaps of the tiles killing off any lichen, tiny moss spores and all other organic growth on the tiles. This procedure 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 by adding an application of roof cleaning chemicals this will stop the moss from growing back for several years making this the most worthwhile method.
What is the process?
We will inspect the roof with care and attention before beginning 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 dislodge the growth. Then we can begin to work on purging your 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 change as time progresses.
Below are some of the local towns and villages we cover
We cover 40 miles around Newcastle and all surrounding places including:
Some factors to consider.
We have already hinted at some other elements that can affect having your roof cleaned. So, consider just a few more.
- Size of house and the area of the roof.
- The level of vegetation that is currently on the roof.
- Type of roof – e.g. with 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 damage to you or damage to your dwelling by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Fill out the free quote form or call us for a quote, and leave it to the professionals.