Roof Cleaning in Low Etherley
Roof Cleaning Low Etherley provides a full roof cleaning service for residential and commercial premises in Low Etherley and surrounding villages/towns within a 40 mile radius of Newcastle Upon Tyne. Having your roof cleaned is a relatively quick way of improving the look of your house, by removing dirt, moss, lichen and more that has built up up there.
As roofs become older and become more porous, many become affected by algae, moss and dirt. Maintaining a roof that is clean and void of any moss and dirt can be challenging for most owners and may become a constant cause for annoyance.
Would it not be nice to have your roof looking like new again?
Why have it cleaned?
A really serious accumulation of moss and algae on the tiles on your roof and other natural growth may cause big problems with the roof and the life expectancy of the tiles will over time be affected too. If you overlook your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will quickly grow out of control with their roots finding their way into weak spots in the tiles of the roof, gradually widening them over time until cracks appear. Like all plants they need water to survive, and after it rains, they’ll act like a sponge holding as much water as they possibly can. As it finds its way in the cracks into your roof it might well cause serious and expensive destruction to the rafters and joists. Lastly you could well find moss that has dislodged and rolled down the roof ending up in your gutter which can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which saturates and damages your fascia’s. In conclusion, having a roof cleaned is an important job for a few reasons.
For many people though cleaning their roof is purely an aesthetic preference and we can’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very dull because of organic growths like moss and lichen, and then a roof cleaning professional is necessary. Roofs are also frequently discoloured and stained by a prevalent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the natural appearance of your otherwise charming house. Of course, this bacteria growth is completely normal but after all it isn’t pleasant to see and gradually it can 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 progressively dirtier wouldn’t it be brilliant to see it looking almost 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 recommend what the best possible solution is here.
Could I clean it alone?
The biggest reason why a lot of people haven’t attempted to clean their own roof is the fact that it involves working at a height where many of us wouldn’t feel safe or comfortable. At these heights any type of fall can lead to a very serious wound.
Also, a lot of people would assume getting your roof cleaned involves pressure washing but it doesn’t need to and here are some reasons why ideally a roof shouldn’t be pressure washed. High pressure cleaning may remove moss from your roof, but the high powered jets of water may disturb the tiles or other roof fittings, risk flooding the loft space and it is highly likely that the moss will simply grow back!
Power washing also affects the lifespan of the tiles which could result in more trouble in the future with most tile manufacturing companies also warning people against this manner of roof cleaning.
Power washing your roof is the least ideal option as this in many instances can dislodge or break delicate tiles from the pressure of the jet washer but could also damage your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many dodgy tradesmen who do this kind of work, reckon it’s easy money and that it doesn’t need much skill. Is there any truth in that? A job like this requires a degree of skill and attention that we can provide. Using the appropriate roof access equipment, the best tools and our skill and know-how we can provide for you a roof cleaning service that is worthwhile without you needing to put yourself at unwanted risk.
Which is the best way to have my roof cleaned?
It is best to have your roof cleaning done by a specialised cleaning company. One of the kindest yet most beneficial ways to remove roof moss and clean the roof is by using the scraping approach. Using a 9″ scraper on a dry day will effortlessly flake off any moss on your roof and there won’t be any scratch marks on the tiles .
Don’t forget – with this approach 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. Utilising a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been gently removed will permeate into the tile and most importantly into the overlaps of the tiles targeting any tiny moss spores, lichen and all other organic growth on the tiles. This procedure can take some time after the excess moss has initially been dislodged but again the tiles remain intact and by adding an application of bespoke chemicals this will impede the moss from growing back for several years making this method the most worthwhile.
What is the process?
We will supervise your roof carefully before starting any work, to determine the best cleaning method to use depending on your roof. Then we will consider what’s growing there and the best way to clear out the growth. Next we can start to work on cleansing 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 change over time.
Here are a few of the towns and villages we cover
We cover a radius 40 miles from Newcastle as well as all local places including:
Some factors to think about.
We’ve already looked at some other factors that can affect a roof cleaning job. So, let’s also consider the following.
- Size of house and the size of its roof.
- The level of vegetation that is currently on the roof.
- Type of roof – e.g. in the case of a thatched roof, no water is used.
- Accessibility of the roof.
- Height of the roof.
Keeping everything we have just mentioned in mind, it is not worth risking serious injury to yourself or dis-repair to your home by attempting a DIY roof clean. Fill out the quote form or give us a call for a quote, and leave it to the professionals.