Roof Cleaning in Guide Post

Roof Cleaning Guide Post offers a complete roof cleaning service for residential and commercial premises in Guide Post and surrounding towns and villages within a 40 mile radius of Newcastle Upon Tyne. Getting your roof cleaned is a simple way of improving the appearance of your property, by getting rid of moss and more that has built up on your roof.

As a roof becomes older and become more porous, they are often invaded by algae, moss and dirt. Maintaining a roof that is clean and void of any moss and dirt can be challenging for the majority of homeowners and can become a continual cause for issues.

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

Roof Cleaning in Guide Post

Why do it?

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Large amounts of build-up of moss and algae on roof tiles and other natural growth could well cause you big problems with your roof and the life expectancy of the tiles will eventually be compromised too. If you ignore your roof, you’ll find these plants will swiftly spread out of control with their roots creeping their way into vulnerable spots in the roof tiles, progressively widening them over the course of time until cracks become visible. Like all plants they need water to survive, and once it has rained, they’ll work like a sponge holding as much water as they can. As it finds its way through the cracks into your roof it might well cause serious and costly deterioration to the rafters and joists. Also you could well become aware of moss that has dislodged and fallen down the roof finding itself in your gutter which can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which saturates and damages your fascia’s. Really then, arranging to have a roof cleaned is an important job for a few reasons.

For many people though wanting a clean roof is entirely an aesthetic choice and we can’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very dull because of organic growths like moss and lichen, and this is when a roof cleaning service is needed. Roofs are also periodically discoloured and stained by an everyday bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the familiar appearance of your otherwise charming dwelling. Without a doubt, this bacteria growth is not unusual however it isn’t attractive to look at and after a while 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 dirtier and dirtier wouldn’t it be great to see it looking like brand new once more?

Next you might ask, “Is this a easy DIY job that I should try to do myself?” Let’s consider some evidence to suggest what the best way to do this is.

Couldn’t I do this alone?

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The biggest reason why a lot of people haven’t attempted to clean their own roof is since it involves working at a height where a lot of us wouldn’t feel comfortable or safe. At these kinds of heights any kind of fall can result in a very serious injury.

Plus, lots of people would think having your roof cleaned involves pressure washing however it doesn’t have to and here are some reasons why preferably a roof shouldn’t be pressure washed. High pressure cleaning may clear away moss from the roof, but the aggressive jets of water may damage the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding a loft and it is highly likely that the moss will quickly grow back!

High pressure washing also affects the lifespan of the tiles which could mean more trouble in the future with the majority of tile manufacturing companies also cautioning people against this form of roof cleaning.
Power washing a roof is the least ideal option as this in many instances can disrupt or break frail tiles due to the pressure of the jet washer but may also damage your roof when walking on the tiles and disrupting the tiles.

Many cow-boy tradespeople who carry out this kind of work, think it is easy money or that it does not require any skill. Is there any truth in that? A service like this requires a degree of skill and attention that we can provide. Using proper roof access equipment, the correct tools and our experience and know-how we can provide for you a roof cleaning service that is worthwhile without you needing to put yourself at unwanted risk.

What are the best ways to have my roof cleaned?

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It is best to have your roof cleaned by a specialised cleaning company. One of the most gentle yet most effective ways to clear away moss on your roof and clean your roof is by using the scraping method. By 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.

Don’t forget – with this approach there is no damage to the tiles and there is no risk of flooding, unlike other methods such as pressure washing.

Another effective method is to use chemicals. Using a fungicide/moss killer once the moss has been scraped off will absorb into the tile and most importantly into the gaps in the tiles targeting any tiny moss spores, lichen 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 roof cleaning chemicals this will hinder the moss from returning for several years making this the best method.

How is it done?

We will inspect your roof attentively before beginning any work, to identify the best cleaning method to use depending on your roof. Then we will assess what’s growing there and the how best to remove the growth. Next we can begin to work on purging the roof of organic colonising growths by getting right into the moss root system and destroying the spores. You’ll notice an immediate improvement and continued change as time progresses.

Below are a few of the towns and villages we cover

We cover a radius 40 miles from Newcastle and all local areas including:

Some factors to think about.

We have already looked at some other things to consider that can affect having your roof cleaned. Now, look at the following.

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

Keeping all of the above in mind, don’t risk serious damage to yourself or damage to your home by attempting a DIY roof clean. Fill out the free quote form or ring us for a quote, and leave it to the pros.