Roof Cleaning in Greenside
Roof Cleaning Greenside offer a roof cleaning service for home and business properties in Greenside and surrounding villages/towns within a 40 mile radius of Newcastle Upon Tyne. Roof cleaning is a relatively quick way to improve the look of your house, by clearing moss, lichen, dirt and anything else that has built up on your roof.
As a roof ages and get more porous, they are gradually invaded by moss and debris. Keeping your roof clean and free of moss can be quite difficult for many householders and may become a cause for problems.
Would it not be great to have your roof looking like new again?
Why should I have it cleaned?
A really serious accumulation of moss, dirt on your roof and other organic growth may cause serious problems with the roof and the life expectancy of the tiles will over time be compromised too. If you ignore your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will quickly grow uncontrollably with their roots working their way into weak spots in the roof tiles, progressively widening them throughout time until cracks become visible. Like all living organisms they need water to live, and after it rains, they’ll work like a sponge retaining as much water as they can. As it finds its way in the cracks into your roof it might well cause serious and expensive damage to the rafters and joists. Finally you could well find 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 boards. In conclusion, getting the roof cleaned is a necessary job for a few reasons.
For many though cleaning their roof is solely an aesthetic choice and we don’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very unsightly due to organic growths like moss and lichen, and this is when a roof cleaning professional is needed. Roofs are also periodically discoloured and stained by a common place bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the familiar appearance of your otherwise charming home. Of course, this bacteria growth is completely natural however it isn’t attractive to look at and it can over time damage your roof. Comparing a clean roof and one that needs a clean can be night and day. After months and years of observing your roof get dirtier and dirtier wouldn’t it be brilliant to see it looking like brand new like it used to?
The next question is, “Is this a simple DIY job that I should have a go at doing myself?” Let’s consider some evidence to suggest what the best way to do this is.
Could I do this alone?
The biggest reason why a lot of people haven’t attempted to clean their own roof is the fact that it involves working at a height where most of us wouldn’t feel safe and secure. At these kinds of heights any sort of slip can result in a very serious injury.
Additionally, a lot of people would expect having your roof cleaned involves pressure washing but it doesn’t have to and let’s look at some reasons why ideally a roof shouldn’t be pressure washed. Jet washing may get rid of moss from the roof, but the intense 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 just grow back!
Power washing additionally affects the longevity of the tiles which could result in more issues in the future with many tile manufacturing businesses also advising against this method of roof cleaning.
Power washing your roof is the least ideal option as this could disrupt or break weak tiles due to the pressure of the jet washer but could also ruin your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many rogue tradespeople who carry out this kind of work, reckon it’s easy money and that it doesn’t need a lot of skill. How true is that? A service such as this requires a degree of skill and attention that we can provide. Using proper roof access equipment, the correct tools and our skill and understanding we can deliver a roof cleaning service that you are happy with without you needing to put yourself in unnecessary danger.
Which is the best way to have my roof cleaned?
It is recommended that you have your roof cleaned 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 approach. Using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will effortlessly flake off any moss on your roof without leaving any scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.
Remember – using this method there is no damage to the tiles and there is no flood risk, unlike other roof cleaning methods such as pressure washing.
Another effective method is that of using chemicals. Utilising 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 killing off any lichen, tiny moss spores and all other organic growth on the tiles. This roof cleaning process can take some time once the excess moss has initially been scraped away but again there is no damage to the surface of the tile and by adding an application of specific chemicals this will impede the moss from growing back for several years making this the best method.
What is the process?
We will supervise your roof carefully before beginning any work, to determine the best course of action depending on your roof. Then we will assess what’s growing there and the best approach to take to dislodge the growth. Then we can start 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 improvement straight away and continued change over time.
Below are a few of the towns and villages we cover
We cover 40 miles around Newcastle including all nearby areas including:
A few factors to consider.
We’ve already looked at some other factors that can affect a roof cleaning job. 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.
- The type of roof – for example with a thatched roof, no water is involved.
- How accessible is the roof?
- Height of the roof.
Keeping the aforementioned points in mind, don’t risk serious damage to you or dis-repair to your house by attempting a DIY roof clean. Complete the quote form or give us a call for a quote, and leave it to us.