Roof Cleaning in Gateshead
Roof Cleaning Gateshead offers a complete roof cleaning service for residential and business properties in Gateshead and surrounding towns and villages within a 40 mile radius of Newcastle Upon Tyne. Having your roof cleaned is a simple way of improving the appearance of your house, by getting rid of dirt, moss, lichen and more that has built up there.
As a roof becomes older and get more porous, they are often invaded by algae, moss and dirt. Maintaining a roof that is clean and without moss is often challenging for many householders and may become a constant cause for problems.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have your roof look new again?
Why do it?
A large build-up of dirt, moss on the tiles on your roof and other organic growth may cause big problems with your roof and the life expectancy of the tiles will eventually be affected too. If you ignore your roof, you’ll find these plants will rapidly spread out of control with their roots creeping their way into weaknesses in the roof tiles, gradually widening them over the course of time until cracks emerge. Like all plants they need water to survive, and once it has rained, they’ll work like a sponge securing as much water as they can. As it works its way in the cracks into your roof it may well cause serious and expensive deterioration to the rafters and joists. Finally you could well become aware of moss that has dislodged and rolled down the roof into your gutter which can result in overflowing rainwater from your gutter which saturates and damages your fascia’s. In truth, having the roof cleaned is a necessary job for a few reasons.
For many though cleaning their roof is purely an aesthetic preference and we can’t blame you for that! Roofs can become very dull because of organic growths like lichen and moss, and at that point a roof cleaning company is vital. Roofs are also frequently discoloured and stained by a prevalent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the familiar appearance of your otherwise stunning house. Without a doubt, this bacteria growth is not unusual but after all it isn’t attractive 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 years of seeing your roof get more and more dirty wouldn’t it be lovely to see it looking almost as good as new once more?
The next question is, “Is this a straightforward DIY job that I should attempt to do myself?” Let’s look at some evidence to suggest what the best way to do this is.
Could I clean it alone?
The most common reason why a lot of people don’t clean their own roof is the fact that it involves working at a height where a lot of us wouldn’t feel comfortable or safe. At these kinds of heights any type of tumble can lead to a very serious injury.
Also, a lot of people would assume getting your roof cleaned requires pressure washing however it doesn’t have 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 intense jets of water may damage the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding a loft and it’s more than likely that the moss will just grow back!
High pressure washing also affects the longevity of the tiles which could mean more problems in the future with many tile manufacturing businesses also cautioning people against this manner of cleaning roofs.
Jet washing your roof is the least popular option as this could dislodge or break fragile tiles from the pressure of the power washer but may also damage your roof when walking on the tiles and disrupting the tiles.
Many rogue tradesmen who do this kind of work, claim it’s easy money and that it doesn’t take much skill. How true is that? A service like this requires a degree of skill and care that we can deliver. Using the correct roof access equipment, the right tools and our skill and understanding we can provide for you a roof cleaning service that you are happy with without you needing to put yourself in unnecessary danger.
What is the best way to clean my roof?
It is best to have your roof cleaned by a company that specialises in this area. One of the kindest yet most effective ways to get rid of moss on your roof and clean the roof is by employing the scraping method. Using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will easily remove any moss on the roof leaving no scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.
Don’t forget – using this approach 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 scraped off will permeate into the tile and most importantly into the overlaps of the tiles killing off any tiny moss spores, lichen and all other organic growth on the tiles. This procedure can take some time once the excess moss has initially been scraped away but again the tiles are unharmed and with the added application of specific chemicals this will hinder the moss from returning for many years making this the best method.
How is it done?
We will investigate your roof attentively before starting any work, to determine the best course of action depending on your roof. Then we will assess what’s growing there and the how best to remove the growth. We can then begin to work on cleansing 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 improvement over time.
Below are some of the local places we cover
We can cover 40 miles around Newcastle as well as all surrounding places including:
Some factors to think about.
We’ve already looked at some other factors that can affect having your roof cleaned. Now, consider just a few more.
- Size of house and the area of the roof.
- The level of vegetation that is currently on the roof.
- The type of roof – for example with a thatched roof, no water is involved.
- How accessible is the roof?
- Height of the roof.
Keeping all of the above in mind, don’t risk serious insult to you or damage to your dwelling by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Fill in the quote form or ring us for your quote, and leave it to the pros.