Roof Cleaning in Houghton
Roof Cleaning Houghton offer a complete roof cleaning service for private and business premises in Houghton and surrounding areas within a 40 mile radius of Newcastle Upon Tyne. Having your roof cleaned is a relatively speedy improvement to make to the appearance of your house, by clearing dirt, moss, lichen and more that has grown up there.
As roofs age and get more porous, they are often affected by moss and dirt. Keeping your roof clean and void of any moss and algae can be challenging for the majority of homeowners and becomes a constant issues.
Would it not be wonderful to have your roof look brand new again?
Why should I have it cleaned?
Large amounts of accumulation of moss, dirt on roof tiles and other natural growth could well cause you serious 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 quickly spread out of control with their roots finding their way into weaknesses in the roof tiles, steadily widening them over time until cracks emerge. Like all living organisms they need water to live, and when it rains, they’ll work like a sponge holding as much water as possible. As it finds its way through the cracks within your roof it might well cause serious and costly damage to the rafters and joists. Also you could well discover moss that has dislodged and rolled down the roof finding itself in your gutter which can result in overflowing rainwater from your gutter which saturates and damages your fascia boards. Really then, arranging to have your roof cleaned is a necessary service for many reasons.
For many though getting their roof cleaned is entirely an aesthetic preference and we can’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very unattractive due to organic growths like moss and lichen, and this is when a roof cleaning service is needed. Roofs are also often tarnished and stained by a prevalent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the familiar appearance of your otherwise beautiful home. Of course, this bacteria growth is completely normal however it isn’t pleasant 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 years of watching your roof get dirtier and dirtier wouldn’t it be lovely to see it looking as good as new again?
The next question is, “Is this a easy DIY job that I should have a go at doing myself?” Let’s consider some evidence to suggest what the best way to do this is.
Can I do this alone?
The biggest reason why most people haven’t attempted to clean their own roof is because it requires working at a height where a lot of us wouldn’t feel safe or comfortable. At these kinds of heights any kind of tumble can result in a very serious injury.
Also, a lot of people would assume having your roof cleaned involves pressure washing however it doesn’t have to and let’s look at some reasons why in most circumstances a roof shouldn’t be pressure washed. Jet washing may clear away moss from your roof, but the aggressive jets of water may dislodge the tiles or other roof fittings, risk flooding the loft space and it is highly likely that the moss will simply grow back!
Jet washing also affects the lifespan of the tiles which could mean more trouble in the future with the majority of tile manufacturing businesses also warning people against this manner of cleaning roofs.
Power washing your roof is the least popular option as this can often disrupt or break delicate tiles from the pressure of the power washer but may also damage your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many dodgy tradespeople who do this kind of work, claim it is easy money and that it doesn’t require much skill. How true is that? A service like this requires a level of skill and care that we can deliver. Using the correct roof access equipment, the correct tools and our skill and understanding 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 have my roof cleaned?
It is best to have your roof cleaned by a company that specialises in this area. One of the most gentle yet most effective ways to get rid of moss on your roof and clean the roof is by employing the scraping approach. By using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will effortlessly flake off any moss on the roof without leaving any scratch marks on the tiles .
Don’t forget – using this method there is no damage to the tiles and there is no flood risk, unlike other manners of roof cleaning such as high-powered pressure washing.
Another effective method is the use of chemicals. Applying a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been scraped off will soak into the tile but most importantly into the overlaps of the tiles targeting any lichen, tiny moss spores and any other organic growth on the tiles. This roof cleaning process 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 with the added application of roof cleaning chemicals this will stop the moss from returning for several years making this the most worthwhile method.
How is it done?
We will inspect your roof with care and attention before beginning any work, to establish the best cleaning method to use depending on your roof. Then we will assess what’s growing there and the best way to dislodge the growth. Next we can start 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 instant improvement and continued change as time passes.
Below are some of the nearby places we cover
We cover 40 miles around Newcastle including all local towns including:
Some factors to consider.
We’ve already hinted at some other things to consider that can affect having your roof cleaned. So, consider just a few more.
- Size of dwelling and the size of its roof.
- How much vegetation is currently on the roof.
- Type of roof – e.g. with a thatched roof, no water is involved.
- Accessibility of the roof.
- How high is the roof?
Keeping the aforementioned points in mind, it is not worth risking serious damage to yourself or dis-repair to your dwelling by attempting a DIY roof clean. Fill out the free quote form or ring us for a free quote, and leave it to the professionals.