Roof Cleaning in Heighington
Roof Cleaning Heighington provides a complete roof cleaning service for residential and commercial properties in Heighington and surrounding villages/towns within a 40 mile radius of Newcastle Upon Tyne. Getting your roof cleaned is a relatively speedy way of improving the look of your house, by removing moss, lichen, dirt and more that has built up up there.
As a roof ages and get more porous, they are gradually affected by moss, algae and dirt. Keeping the roof clean and free of moss and algae can be very difficult for many homeowners and can become a continual cause for issues.
Wouldn’t it be great to have your roof looking like brand new again?
Why should I do it?
A really serious build-up of moss and algae on the tiles on your roof and other organic growth could well cause major issues with your roof and the durability of the tiles will eventually be affected too. If you ignore your roof, you’ll find these plants will quickly grow uncontrollably with their roots working their way into vulnerable spots in the tiles of the roof, steadily widening them throughout time until cracks appear. Like all living organisms they need water to thrive, and after it rains, they’ll act like a sponge holding as much water as possible. As it finds its way in the cracks into your roof it could cause serious and costly destruction to the rafters and joists. Lastly you could well find moss that has come loose and fallen down the roof into your gutter which can result in overflowing rainwater from your gutter which penetrates and damages your fascia’s. In conclusion, arranging to have your roof cleaned is a required service for a few reasons.
For a lot of people though cleaning their roof is simply an aesthetic decision and we can’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very unattractive because of organic growths like lichen and moss, and this is when a roof cleaning company is needed. Roofs are also periodically tarnished and stained by a common place bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the familiar appearance of your otherwise beautiful house. Of course, this bacteria growth is not unusual nonetheless it isn’t nice to see and it can over time damage your roof. The difference between 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 as good as new again?
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 just clean it myself?
The most common reason why a lot of people don’t want to risk cleaning their own roof is because it involves working at a height where most of us wouldn’t feel safe or comfortable. At these heights any kind of slip can lead to a very serious injury.
Plus, lots of people would assume roof cleaning requires pressure washing however it doesn’t have to and here are some reasons why ideally a roof should not be pressure washed. Jet washing may remove moss from the roof, but the aggressive jets of water may dislodge the tiles or other roof fittings, risk flooding a loft and there is a good chance that the moss will quickly grow back!
Power washing also affects the lifespan of the tiles which could mean more trouble further down the road with the majority of tile manufacturing companies also cautioning people against this manner of cleaning roofs.
Jet washing your roof is the least popular option as this could dislodge or break delicate tiles due to the pressure of the jet washer but may also harm your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many cow-boy tradesmen who carry out this kind of work, think it’s easy money or that it does not need much skill. How wrong can they be A service such as this requires a degree of skill and attention that we can assure. Using the correct roof access equipment, the right tools and our experience and know-how we can deliver a roof cleaning service that is worthwhile without you needing to put yourself at needless risk.
Which are the best ways to clean my roof?
It is best to have your roof cleaning done by a specialised cleaning company. One of the gentlest yet most effective ways to remove moss on your roof and clean the roof is by employing the scraping method. By using a 9″ scraper on a dry day will effortlessly flake off any moss on the roof and there won’t be any scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.
Remember – with this method there is no damage to the tiles and there is no flood risk, unlike other roof cleaning methods such as high-powered pressure washing.
One more effective method is to use chemicals. Applying a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been scraped off will absorb 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 once the excess moss has initially been removed but again there is no damage to the surface of the tile and by adding an application of roof cleaning chemicals this will prevent the moss from growing back for several years making this the best method.
How is it done?
We will supervise your roof attentively before commencing any work, to determine the best approach to take depending on your roof. Then we will assess what’s growing there and the best approach to take to dislodge the growth. Next we can start to work on cleansing the roof of organic colonising growths by getting right into the root system of the moss and killing the spores. You’ll notice an immediate improvement and continued change as time progresses.
Here are some of the nearby areas we cover
We cover a radius 40 miles from Newcastle as well as all nearby areas including:
Some factors to consider.
We have already hinted at some other things to consider that can affect a roof cleaning service. Now, consider just a few more.
- Size of house and the size of its roof.
- The level of vegetation that is present on the roof.
- 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 the aforementioned points in mind, it is not worth risking serious injury to you or dis-repair to your home by attempting a DIY roof clean. Complete the quote form or ring us for a quote, and leave it to us.