Roof Cleaning in Houghton-le-Spring
Roof Cleaning Houghton-le-Spring offer a professional roof cleaning service for residential and commercial premises in Houghton-le-Spring and surrounding areas within a 40 mile radius of Newcastle Upon Tyne. Having your roof cleaned is a relatively simple improvement to make to the look of your house, by removing moss, dirt and more that has built up there.
As a roof becomes older and become more porous, they are gradually invaded by algae, moss and dirt. Keeping the roof clean and without moss is often very difficult for the majority of homeowners and may become a cause for problems.
Would it not be wonderful to have your roof looking like new again?
Why do it?
A large accumulation of dirt, moss on your roof and other natural growth could well cause you big issues with the roof and the life expectancy of the tiles will in time be compromised too. If you overlook your roof, you’ll find these plants will swiftly grow uncontrollably with their roots finding their way into weak spots in the roof tiles, progressively widening them over the course of time until cracks become visible. Like all plants they need water to live, and once it has rained, they’ll work like a sponge retaining as much water as they can. As it finds its way in the cracks within your roof it could cause serious and costly destruction to the rafters and joists. Finally you could well discover moss that has come loose and rolled down the roof ending up in your gutter which in time can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which saturates and damages your fascia’s. In conclusion, getting your roof cleaned is an important service for a few reasons.
For many people though getting their roof cleaned is simply an aesthetic preference and we can’t blame you for that! Roofs can become very dull due to organic growths like lichen and moss, and this is when a roof cleaning company is needed. Roofs are also frequently discoloured and stained by a common place bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the general appearance of your otherwise beautiful dwelling. Of course, this bacteria growth is completely normal but after all it isn’t attractive to see and gradually it can damage your roof. The difference between a clean roof and one that needs cleaning 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 try to do myself?” Let’s consider some evidence to suggest what the best way to do this is.
Couldn’t I do this myself?
The biggest reason why most 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 and secure. At these kinds of heights any kind of slip can result in a very serious wound.
Also, a lot of people would assume roof cleaning requires pressure washing but it doesn’t need 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 aggressive jets of water may damage the tiles or other roof fittings, risk flooding a loft and it’s more than likely that the moss will simply grow back!
Jet washing additionally affects the lifespan of the tiles which could mean more issues further down the road with most tile manufacturing businesses also advising against this method of cleaning roofs.
Power washing your roof is the least popular option as this can often disrupt or break frail tiles from the pressure of the jet washer but may also harm your roof when walking on the tiles and disrupting the tiles.
Many rogue companies who attempt this kind of work, claim it is easy money or that it does not need much skill. How true is that? A job such as this requires a level of skill and attention that we can assure. Using the appropriate roof access equipment, the best 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 needless risk.
What is the best way to clean my roof?
It is recommended that you have your roof cleaned by a company that specialises in this area. One of the gentlest yet most effective ways to remove roof moss and clean your roof is by using the scraping approach. Using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will efficiently flake off any moss on your roof and there won’t be any scratch marks on the tiles .
Don’t forget – using this method the tiles are not damaged and there is no flood risk, unlike other manners of roof cleaning such as pressure washing.
Another effective method is to use chemicals. Utilising a fungicide/moss killer once the moss has been scraped off will permeate 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 after 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 returning for several years making this the most worthwhile method.
How is it done?
We will supervise your roof with care and attention before starting any work, to establish 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. Then we can begin to work on purging the roof of organic colonising growths by getting right into the moss root system and eliminating the spores. You’ll notice an instant improvement and continued change as time passes.
Here are a few of the nearby places we cover
We can cover 40 miles around Newcastle as well as all nearby areas including:
A few factors to think about.
We’ve already considered some other elements that can affect having your roof cleaned. Now, let’s also consider the following.
- Size of house and the area of the roof.
- How much vegetation is present on the roof.
- The type of roof – for example in the case of a thatched roof, no water is involved.
- How accessible is the roof?
- Height of the roof.
Keeping everything we have just mentioned in mind, it is not worth risking serious damage to you or damage to your home by attempting a DIY roof clean. Complete the quote form or ring us for a free quote, and leave it to the professionals.