Roof Cleaning in Heddon-on-the-Wall
Roof Cleaning Heddon-on-the-Wall provides a full roof cleaning service for private and business premises in Heddon-on-the-Wall and surrounding villages/towns within a 40 mile radius of Newcastle Upon Tyne. Getting your roof cleaned is a relatively quick way of improving the look of your house, by clearing moss and anything else that has grown there.
As a roof ages and become more porous, they are gradually affected by moss and dirt. Maintaining a roof that is clean and void of any moss and algae is often challenging for many homeowners and becomes a constant cause for annoyance.
Would it not be great to have your roof look brand new again?
Why have it cleaned?
Large amounts of accumulation of moss, dirt on the tiles on your roof and other natural growth is likely to cause you big issues with your roof and the life-span of the tiles will over time be affected too. If you overlook your roof, you’ll find these plants will rapidly spread uncontrollably with their roots working their way into weak 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 behave like a sponge retaining as much water as they can. As it works its way through the cracks into your roof it could cause serious and costly destruction to the rafters and joists. Lastly you could well become aware of moss that has come loose and fallen down the roof into your gutter which can result in overflowing rainwater from your gutter which saturates and damages your fascia’s. Really then, getting the roof cleaned is a necessary job for many reasons.
For many people though wanting a clean roof is simply an aesthetic decision and we don’t blame you for that! Roofs can become very unsightly due to organic growths like moss and lichen, and this is when a roof cleaning service is vital. Roofs are also periodically discoloured and stained by a prevalent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the familiar appearance of your otherwise beautiful house. Of course, this bacteria growth is completely normal however it isn’t pleasant to look at and it can over time damage your roof. Comparing a clean roof and one that needs cleaning can be night and day. After years of observing your roof get progressively dirtier wouldn’t it be great to see it looking almost as good as new once more?
Next you might ask, “Is this a straightforward DIY job that I should attempt to do myself?” Let’s consider some evidence to suggest what the best way to do this is.
Can I just clean it myself?
The biggest reason why most people don’t clean their own roof is because it requires working at a height where a lot of us wouldn’t feel comfortable or safe. At these heights any sort of fall can lead to a very serious injury.
Also, a lot of people would expect having your roof cleaned involves pressure washing but it doesn’t need to and let’s look at some reasons why preferably a roof should not be pressure washed. Jet washing may clear away 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 simply grow back!
Power washing additionally affects the lifespan of the tiles which could result in more problems in the future with the majority of tile manufacturing businesses also cautioning people against this manner of roof cleaning.
Jet washing a roof is the least popular option as this in many instances can disturb or break fragile tiles due to the pressure of the power washer but can also ruin your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many cow-boy tradespeople who attempt this kind of work, claim that it is easy money and that it does not require any skill. How true is that? A service like this requires a degree of skill and care that we can deliver. Using the appropriate roof access equipment, the best tools and our experience and know-how we can deliver a roof cleaning service that you are happy with without you needing to put yourself at unwanted risk.
Which are the best ways to clean my roof?
It is recommended that you have your roof cleaning done by a specialised cleaning company. One of the most gentle yet most beneficial ways to clear away moss on your roof and clean the roof is by employing the scraping approach. By using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will easily flake off any moss on the roof leaving no scratch marks on the tiles .
As previously stated – with this approach the tiles are not damaged and there is no flood risk, unlike other methods such as high-powered pressure washing.
Another effective method is to use chemicals. Applying a fungicide/moss killer once the moss has been gently removed will permeate into the tile but most importantly into the overlaps of the tiles targeting any tiny moss spores, lichen and any other organic growth on the tiles. This step can take some time once the excess moss has initially been removed 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 method the most worthwhile.
How is it done?
We will inspect your roof carefully before beginning any work, to establish the best approach to take depending on your roof. Then we will consider what’s growing there and the best way to clear out the growth. Next we can begin to work on purging your roof of organic colonising growths by getting deep into the root system of the moss and destroying the spores. You’ll notice an immediate improvement and continued improvement as time progresses.
Below are some of the towns and villages we cover
We cover 40 miles around Newcastle including all nearby areas including:
A few things to consider.
We have already hinted at some other things to consider that can affect having your roof cleaned. Now, let’s have a quick look at these.
- Size of dwelling and the area of its roof.
- The level of vegetation that is currently on the roof.
- The type of roof – for example in the case of a thatched roof, no water is used.
- How accessible is the roof?
- How high is the roof?
Keeping all of the above in mind, don’t risk serious injury to you or damage to your home by attempting a DIY roof clean. Fill in the free quote form or ring us for your free quote, and leave it to us.