Roof Cleaning in Middlesbrough
Roof Cleaning Middlesbrough offers a complete roof cleaning service for home and commercial premises in Middlesbrough and surrounding towns and villages within a 40 mile radius of Newcastle Upon Tyne. Roof cleaning can be a quick improvement to make to the look of your house, by removing dirt, moss, lichen and more that has built up on your roof.
As roofs become older and get more porous, they are gradually affected by algae, moss and dirt. Maintaining a roof that is clean and free of moss and dirt is often challenging for the majority of homeowners and becomes a continual annoyance.
Would it not be wonderful to have your roof look new again?
Why do it?
A large build-up of dirt, moss on roof tiles and other organic growth is likely to cause you major 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 rapidly spread out of control with their roots working their way into weaknesses in the roof tiles, steadily widening them over time until cracks appear. Like all living organisms they need water to survive, and when it rains, they’ll act like a sponge holding as much water as they possibly can. As it finds its way through the cracks within your roof it may well cause serious and costly destruction to the rafters and joists. Also you could well find moss that has dislodged and fallen down the roof finding itself in your gutter which can result in overflowing rainwater from your gutter which saturates and damages your fascia boards. In conclusion, getting a roof cleaned is a necessary job for a few reasons.
For many people though wanting a clean roof is entirely an aesthetic decision and we don’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 vital. Roofs are also periodically tarnished and stained by a frequent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the general appearance of your otherwise beautiful dwelling. Of course, this bacteria growth is not unusual however it isn’t attractive to look at and gradually it can damage your roof. Comparing a clean roof and one that needs cleaning can be night and day. After years of watching your roof get more and more dirty wouldn’t it be great to see it looking almost as good as new like it used to?
Next you might ask, “Is this a easy 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.
Couldn’t I clean it myself?
The most common reason why most people haven’t attempted to clean their own roof is because it usually means working at a height where most of us wouldn’t feel safe and secure. At these kinds of heights any type of fall can lead to a very serious wound.
Plus, lots of people would think roof cleaning requires pressure washing however it doesn’t need to and let’s look at some reasons why ideally a roof shouldn’t be pressure washed. Pressure washing 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 there is a good chance that the moss will just grow back!
Jet washing additionally 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 form of roof cleaning.
Pressure washing your roof is the least ideal option as this can often dislodge or break delicate tiles due to the pressure of the power washer but could also damage your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many dodgy tradespeople who carry out this kind of work, reckon it’s easy money or that it doesn’t require much skill. Is there any truth in that? A job like this requires a level of skill and attention that we can provide. Using proper roof access equipment, the right tools and our skill and know-how we can deliver a roof cleaning service that pleases you without you needing to put yourself in unnecessary danger.
What are the best ways 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 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 on a dry day will efficiently remove any moss on the roof and there won’t be any scratch marks on the tiles .
Remember – with this method the tiles are not damaged and there is no risk of flooding, unlike other methods such as high-powered pressure washing.
Another effective method is the use of chemicals. Applying a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been gently removed will soak into the tile but most importantly into the gaps in the tiles targeting any lichen, tiny moss spores and any other organic growth on the tiles. This procedure can take some time once the excess moss has initially been scraped away but again the tiles are unharmed and by adding an application of specific chemicals this will prevent the moss from returning for several years making this method the most worthwhile.
How is it done?
We will inspect your roof with care and attention before commencing any work, to determine the best course of action depending on your roof. Then we will assess what’s growing there and the best way to dislodge the growth. Then we can begin to work on eradicating the roof of organic colonising growths by getting right into the root system of the moss and killing the spores. You’ll notice an improvement straight away and continued improvement as time progresses.
Here are a few of the areas we cover
We cover 40 miles around Newcastle as well as all nearby areas including:
Some things to think about.
We have already considered some other things to consider that can affect a roof cleaning job. So, let’s have a quick look at these.
- Size of house and the size 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.
- How accessible is the roof?
- How high is the roof?
Keeping everything we have just mentioned in mind, don’t risk serious damage to yourself or dis-repair to your dwelling by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Fill in the free quote form or call us for a free quote, and leave it to the pros.