Roof Cleaning in Longhoughton
Roof Cleaning Longhoughton provides a full roof cleaning service for residential and business premises in Longhoughton and surrounding areas within a 40 mile radius of Newcastle Upon Tyne. Having your roof cleaned is a speedy improvement to make to the look of your property, by clearing moss, lichen, dirt and more that has grown there.
As roofs age and become more porous, many become invaded by moss and debris. Keeping the roof clean and without moss and algae is often quite difficult for most owners and can become a continual cause for problems.
Would it not be wonderful to have your roof looking like new again?
Why have it cleaned?
A really serious build-up of dirt, moss on the tiles on your roof and other natural growth may cause you major problems with your roof and the life expectancy of the tiles will over time be compromised too. If you neglect your roof, you’ll find these plants will swiftly spread out of control with their roots finding their way into vulnerable spots in the tiles of the roof, steadily widening them over time until cracks become visible. Like all plants they need water to live, and when it rains, they’ll work like a sponge retaining as much water as they can. As it finds its way through the cracks within your roof it might well cause serious and costly deterioration to the rafters and joists. Finally you could well discover moss that has dislodged and fallen down the roof into your gutter which can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which damages and soaks into your fascia boards. Really then, arranging to have the roof cleaned is a necessary job for a few reasons.
For many people though wanting a clean roof is entirely an aesthetic choice and we can’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 necessary. Roofs are also often tarnished and stained by a common place bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the familiar appearance of your otherwise beautiful house. By all means, this bacteria growth is not unusual however it isn’t attractive to look at and it can over time damage your roof. Comparing a clean roof and one that hasn’t been cleaned can be night and day. After months and years of observing your roof get progressively dirtier wouldn’t it be great to see it looking as good as new once more?
Maybe you’re wondering, “Is this a straightforward DIY job that I should attempt to do myself?” Let’s look at some evidence to propose what the best possible solution is here.
Can I clean it myself?
The biggest reason why most people don’t want to risk cleaning their own roof is because it requires working at a height where most of us wouldn’t feel safe or comfortable. At these kinds of heights any type of slip can lead to a very serious wound.
Plus, a lot of people would assume getting your roof cleaned involves pressure washing but it doesn’t have to and here are some reasons why ideally a roof shouldn’t be pressure washed. Jet washing may remove moss from the roof, but the intense jets of water may disturb the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding the loft space and it’s more than likely that the moss will quickly grow back!
High pressure washing also affects the longevity of the tiles which could mean more issues in the future with the majority of tile manufacturing businesses also warning people against this manner of roof cleaning.
Power washing your roof is the least popular option as this in many instances can disturb or break fragile tiles due to the pressure of the power washer but may also damage your roof when walking on the tiles and disrupting the tiles.
Many rogue companies who do this kind of work, think that it is easy money or that it does not need much skill. How true is that? A service like this requires a degree of experience and skill that we can assure. Using the appropriate roof access equipment, the best tools and our skill 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 recommended that you have your roof cleaned by a specialised cleaning company. One of the gentlest yet most effective ways to clear away roof moss and clean your roof is by using the scraping method. Using a 9″ scraper on a dry day will easily remove any moss on your roof and there won’t be any scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.
Remember – using this approach the tiles are not damaged and there is no risk of flooding, unlike other manners of roof cleaning such as jet washing.
One more effective method is to use chemicals. Utilising a fungicide/moss killer once the moss has been gently removed will permeate into the tile but most importantly into the overlaps of the tiles destroying 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 dislodged but again the tiles remain intact and by adding an application of roof cleaning chemicals this will hinder the moss from growing back for several years making this the best method.
What is the process?
We will inspect the roof carefully before commencing any work, to determine the best cleaning method to use depending on your roof. Then we will look at what’s growing there and the best way to clear out the growth. Then we can start to work on eradicating the roof of organic colonising growths by getting right into the root system of the moss and eliminating the spores. You’ll notice an immediate improvement and continued improvement as time passes.
Here are some of the nearby places we cover
We can cover 40 miles around Newcastle as well as all local places including:
Some things to consider.
We have already considered some other elements that can affect a roof cleaning service. Now, let’s also consider the following.
- Size of house and the area of its roof.
- How much vegetation is present on the roof.
- Type of roof – e.g. in the case of a thatched roof, no water is involved.
- Accessibility of the roof.
- Height of the roof.
Keeping everything we have just mentioned in mind, don’t risk serious injury to you or damage to your house by attempting a DIY roof clean. Complete the free quote form or call us for your free quote, and leave it to us.