Roof Cleaning in Gainford

Roof Cleaning Gainford offer a full roof cleaning service for home and commercial premises in Gainford and surrounding towns and villages within a 40 mile radius of Newcastle Upon Tyne. Getting your roof cleaned can be a simple way of improving the look of your house, by getting rid of moss, lichen, dirt and anything else that has grown on your roof.

As roofs age and become more porous, they are often invaded by moss and debris. Keeping your roof clean and without moss is usually very difficult for most owners and can become a annoyance.

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

Roof Cleaning in Gainford

Why should I have it cleaned?

Dirty roof cleaning Gainford

A really serious accumulation of moss and algae on roof tiles and other organic growth could well cause serious problems with the roof and the life expectancy of the tiles will over time be affected too. If you ignore your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will rapidly spread out of control with their roots creeping their way into weak spots in the tiles of the roof, steadily widening them over time until cracks appear. Like all plants they need water to live, and when it rains, they’ll act like a sponge securing as much water as they possibly can. Once it finds its way in the cracks into your roof it may well cause serious and costly destruction to the rafters and joists. Lastly you could well discover moss that has dislodged and fallen down the roof into your gutter which in time can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which penetrates and damages your fascia’s. In truth, getting the roof cleaned is a required job for a few reasons.

For many though wanting a clean roof is purely an aesthetic decision and we don’t blame you for that! Roofs can become very unsightly due to organic growths like lichen and moss, and at that point a roof cleaning professional is vital. Roofs are also periodically tarnished and stained by an everyday bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the natural appearance of your otherwise beautiful home. Of course, this bacteria growth is completely normal nonetheless it isn’t nice to look at and gradually it can damage your roof. Comparing a clean roof and one that hasn’t been cleaned can be night and day. After years of observing your roof get dirtier and dirtier wouldn’t it be brilliant to see it looking as good as new like it used to?

Maybe you’re wondering, “Is this a easy DIY job that I should attempt to do myself?” Let’s consider some evidence to suggest what the best way to do this is.

Couldn’t I clean it myself?

Roof Cleaning yourself in Gainford

The most common reason why most people don’t clean their own roof is since it usually means working at a height where a lot of us wouldn’t feel safe and secure. At these heights any type of fall can lead to a very serious wound.

Also, a lot of people would expect roof cleaning requires pressure washing however it doesn’t have to and let’s look at some reasons why in most circumstances a roof should not be pressure washed. High pressure cleaning may get rid of moss from your roof, but the high powered jets of water may dislodge the tiles or other roof fittings, risk flooding any loft spaces and there is a good chance that the moss will simply grow back!

High pressure washing also affects the lifespan of the tiles which could result in more trouble further down the road with the majority of tile manufacturing businesses also warning people against this form of cleaning roofs.
Jet washing a roof is the least popular option as this can often disrupt or break frail tiles due to the pressure of the jet washer but may also harm your roof when walking on the tiles and disrupting the tiles.

Many cow-boy tradespeople who carry out this kind of work, claim that it is easy money or that it doesn’t require any skill. Is there any truth in that? A service like this requires a degree of experience and skill that we can assure. Using the appropriate roof access equipment, the best tools and our skill and know-how we can deliver a roof cleaning service that pleases you without you having to put yourself at needless risk.

Which are the best ways to have my roof cleaned?

Roof Cleaning Gainford

It is recommended that you have your roof cleaning done by a specialised cleaning company. One of the gentlest yet most beneficial ways to get rid of roof moss and clean the roof is by employing the scraping method. Using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will effortlessly flake off any moss on your roof and there won’t be any scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.

Remember – using this method the tiles are not damaged and there is no flood risk, unlike other roof cleaning methods such as pressure washing.

Another effective method is that of using chemicals. Using a fungicide/moss killer once the moss has been scraped off will soak into the tile and most importantly into the gaps in the tiles targeting any lichen, tiny moss spores and all other organic growth on the tiles. This procedure can take some time after the excess moss has initially been dislodged but again the tiles remain intact and by adding an application of specific chemicals this will impede the moss from growing back for many years making this the most worthwhile method.

What is the process?

We will investigate your roof with care and attention before commencing any work, to identify the best approach to take depending on your roof. Then we will assess what’s growing there and the best approach to take to remove the growth. Next we can start to work on eradicating the roof of organic colonising growths by getting right into the root system of the moss and destroying the spores. You’ll notice an instant improvement and continued improvement over time.

Below are some of the local towns and villages we cover

We cover a radius 40 miles from Newcastle as well as all nearby areas including:

Some factors to consider.

We have already looked at some other elements that can affect having your roof cleaned. So, let’s have a quick look at these.

  • Size of house and the size of the roof.
  • The level of vegetation that is growing on the roof.
  • The type of roof – e.g. in the case of a thatched roof, no water is used.
  • Accessibility of the roof.
  • Height of the roof.

Keeping all of the above in mind, it is not worth risking serious injury to yourself or damage to your dwelling by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Fill in the quote form or call us for your quote, and leave it to the professionals.