Roof Cleaning in Hexham
Roof Cleaning Hexham offer a complete roof cleaning service for home and business premises in Hexham and surrounding areas within a 40 mile radius of Newcastle Upon Tyne. Getting your roof cleaned is a simple improvement to make to the look of your house, by getting rid of moss, lichen, dirt and anything else that has built up on your roof.
As a roof ages and get more porous, they are often affected by moss and dirt. Keeping your roof clean and without moss is often quite difficult for most owners and becomes a constant annoyance.
Would it not be nice to have your roof looking like brand new again?
Why should I do it?
A large build-up of moss, dirt 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 overlook your roof, you’ll find these plants will quickly grow out of control with their roots creeping their way into vulnerable spots in the roof tiles, gradually widening them over time until cracks become visible. Like all plants they need water to survive, and when it rains, they’ll behave like a sponge securing as much water as they can. As it finds its way through the cracks into your roof it could cause serious and expensive damage to the rafters and joists. Also you could well discover moss that has come loose and rolled down the roof into your gutter which can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which penetrates and damages your fascia boards. Really then, getting a roof cleaned is an important service for a few reasons.
For many though wanting a clean roof is purely 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 company is vital. Roofs are also periodically tarnished and stained by a frequent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the general appearance of your otherwise beautiful house. By all means, 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 hasn’t been cleaned can be night and day. After months and years of watching your roof get dirtier and dirtier wouldn’t it be brilliant to see it looking like brand new again?
The next question is, “Is this a simple DIY job that I should try to do myself?” Let’s consider some evidence to suggest what the best way to do this is.
Can I do this myself?
The most common reason why most people don’t want to risk cleaning their own roof is since it requires working at a height where most of us wouldn’t feel safe or comfortable. At these kinds of heights any kind of slip can result in a very serious wound.
Plus, lots of people would assume roof cleaning involves pressure washing however it doesn’t have to and let’s look at some reasons why ideally a roof should not be pressure washed. Jet washing may remove moss from your roof, but the high powered jets of water may disturb the tiles or other roof fittings, risk flooding any loft spaces and it’s more than likely that the moss will quickly grow back!
Jet washing also affects the longevity of the tiles which could mean more problems further down the road with most tile manufacturing companies also warning people against this form of cleaning roofs.
Pressure washing your roof is the least ideal option as this can often disrupt or break fragile tiles from the pressure of the power washer but can also harm your roof when walking on the tiles and disrupting the tiles.
Many cow-boy tradesmen who do this kind of work, claim it is easy money or that it does not require much skill. Is there any truth in that? A job such as this requires a level of skill and attention that we can assure. Using proper roof access equipment, the right 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.
What is the best way to clean my roof?
It is recommended that you have your roof cleaning done by a specialised cleaning company. One of the gentlest yet most effective ways to get rid of moss on your roof and clean your roof is by employing the scraping method. Using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will efficiently remove any moss on the roof leaving no scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.
Remember – with this method the tiles are not damaged and there is no risk of flooding, unlike other roof cleaning methods such as high-powered pressure washing.
One more effective method is that of using chemicals. Using a fungicide/moss killer once the moss has been gently removed will absorb into the tile but most importantly into the gaps in the tiles destroying any tiny moss spores, lichen and any other organic growth on the tiles. This procedure can take some time once the excess moss has initially been dislodged but again there is no damage to the surface of the tile and with the added application of bespoke chemicals this will stop the moss from growing back for several years making this the best method.
How is it done?
We will investigate the roof carefully before beginning any work, to establish the best cleaning method to use depending on your roof. Then we will look at what’s growing there and the how best to clear out the growth. Then we can begin to work on cleansing the roof of organic colonising growths by getting right into the moss root system and killing the spores. You’ll notice an instant improvement and continued change as time progresses.
Here are a few of the areas we cover
We cover a radius 40 miles from Newcastle and all local towns including:
A few factors to consider.
We have already hinted at some other things to consider that can affect a roof cleaning job. Now, look at the following.
- Size of house and the size of the roof.
- The level of vegetation that is present on the roof.
- The type of roof – for example with a thatched roof, no water is used.
- How accessible is the roof?
- Height of the roof.
Keeping all of the above in mind, it is not worth risking serious injury to yourself or dis-repair to your dwelling by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Fill out the quote form or give us a call for a quote, and leave it to the pros.