Roof Cleaning in Lanchester
Roof Cleaning Lanchester provides a roof cleaning service for home and commercial premises in Lanchester and surrounding villages/towns within a 40 mile radius of Newcastle Upon Tyne. Having your roof cleaned can be a relatively speedy way of improving the look of your home, by getting rid of dirt, moss, lichen and more that has built up there.
As roofs age and become more porous, they are often affected by moss and dirt. Keeping your roof clean and void of any moss and dirt can be very difficult for many owners and can become a continual issues.
Would it not be nice to have your roof looking like brand new again?
Why should I have it cleaned?
A really serious accumulation of moss, dirt on your roof and other natural growth may cause you serious issues with your roof and the life-span of the tiles will over time be affected too. If you ignore your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will rapidly spread out of control with their roots finding their way into vulnerable spots in the tiles of the roof, gradually widening them over time until cracks emerge. Like all living organisms they need water to thrive, and after it rains, they’ll behave like a sponge holding as much water as possible. As it finds its way through the cracks within your roof it may well cause serious and expensive deterioration to the rafters and joists. Lastly you could well find moss that has come loose and fallen down the roof into your gutter which in time can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which damages and soaks into your fascia’s. In conclusion, getting the roof cleaned is a required job for many reasons.
For many people though getting their roof cleaned is entirely an aesthetic decision and we can’t blame you for that! Roofs can become very unsightly because of organic growths like lichen and moss, and then a roof cleaning professional is needed. Roofs are also frequently discoloured and stained by an everyday bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the general appearance of your otherwise charming house. Of course, this bacteria growth is completely natural however it isn’t pleasant to look at and after a while it can damage your roof. The difference between a clean roof and one that hasn’t been cleaned can be night and day. After years of observing your roof get progressively dirtier wouldn’t it be lovely to see it looking as good as new like it used to?
Next you might ask, “Is this a straightforward DIY job that I should try to do myself?” Let’s look at some evidence to suggest what the best way to do this is.
Can I clean it alone?
The biggest reason why a lot of 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 and secure. At these heights any type of slip can result in a very serious injury.
Additionally, many would assume roof cleaning requires pressure washing but it doesn’t need to and let’s look at some reasons why ideally a roof should not be pressure washed. Pressure washing may remove moss from your roof, but the intense jets of water may disturb the tiles or other roof fittings, risk flooding the loft space and it’s more than likely that the moss will quickly grow back!
Power washing also affects the longevity of the tiles which could mean more issues further down the road with most tile manufacturing companies also advising against this method of roof cleaning.
Pressure washing your roof is the least ideal option as this could disrupt or break frail tiles due to the pressure of the power washer but may also harm your roof when walking on the tiles and disrupting the tiles.
Many cow-boy tradespeople who attempt this kind of work, claim that it is easy money or that it doesn’t require much skill. How wrong can they be A service such as this requires a degree of skill and care that we can deliver. Using the correct roof access equipment, the best tools and our skill and understanding we can deliver a roof cleaning service that pleases you without you having to put yourself at unwanted risk.
What are the best ways to clean my roof?
It is best to have your roof cleaned by a company that specialises in this area. One of the most gentle yet most beneficial ways to clear away roof moss and clean the roof is by using the scraping approach. By using a 9″ scraper on a dry day will effortlessly remove any moss on the roof without leaving any 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 manners of roof cleaning such as jet washing.
Another effective method is that of using chemicals. Using a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been scraped off will permeate into the tile and most importantly into the gaps in the tiles destroying any tiny moss spores, lichen and all other organic growth on the tiles. This procedure can take some time once the excess moss has initially been removed but again the tiles are unharmed and by adding an application of roof cleaning chemicals this will stop the moss from growing back for several years making this the most worthwhile method.
How is it done?
We will inspect the roof carefully before starting any work, to identify the best course of action depending on your roof. Then we will look at what’s growing there and the how best to dislodge the growth. Next 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 improvement as time passes.
Below are some of the towns and villages we cover
We can cover 40 miles around Newcastle as well as all local places including:
A few factors to consider.
We’ve already hinted at some other elements that can affect a roof cleaning service. So, look at the following.
- Size of house and the area of the roof.
- The level of vegetation that is growing on the roof.
- The type of roof – e.g. in the case of a thatched roof, no water is used.
- 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 damage to your house by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Fill in the free quote form or ring us for a quote, and leave it to us.