Roof Cleaning in North Shields
Roof Cleaning North Shields offers a complete roof cleaning service for private and business properties in North Shields and surrounding villages/towns within a 40 mile radius of Newcastle Upon Tyne. Having your roof cleaned can be a relatively simple improvement to make to the appearance of your house, by removing moss and more that has grown up there.
As roofs age and become more porous, many become invaded by moss and debris. Keeping the roof clean and void of any moss and dirt may be very difficult for the majority of homeowners and may become a source of issues.
Would it not be wonderful to have your roof look brand new again?
Why should I do it?
A large build-up of moss, dirt on roof tiles and other natural growth may cause major issues with your roof and the durability of the tiles will eventually be affected too. If you overlook your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will quickly grow out of control with their roots working their way into weak spots in the tiles of the roof, progressively widening them over the course of time until cracks appear. Like all plants they need water to live, and after it rains, they’ll work like a sponge holding as much water as possible. As it works its way in the cracks into your roof it could cause serious and expensive deterioration to the rafters and joists. Lastly you could well discover moss that has come loose and fallen down the roof into your gutter which can result in overflowing rainwater from your gutter which damages and soaks into your fascia boards. In truth, getting the roof cleaned is an important service for a few reasons.
For many people though getting their roof cleaned is entirely an aesthetic choice and we can’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very unattractive because of organic growths like lichen and moss, and at that point a roof cleaning professional is needed. Roofs are also frequently tarnished and stained by an everyday bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the general appearance of your otherwise beautiful home. Of course, this bacteria growth is not unusual nonetheless it isn’t attractive to see and after a while it can damage your roof. The difference between a clean roof and one that needs a clean can be night and day. After years of observing your roof get dirtier and dirtier wouldn’t it be brilliant to see it looking like brand new again?
The next question is, “Is this a easy DIY job that I should try to do myself?” Let’s look at some evidence to recommend what the best possible solution is here.
Couldn’t I do this alone?
The most common reason why a lot of people don’t want to risk cleaning their own roof is the fact that it requires working at a height where most of us wouldn’t feel safe or comfortable. At these kinds of heights any type of fall can result in a very serious wound.
Additionally, lots of people would assume getting your roof cleaned requires pressure washing however it doesn’t have to and here are some reasons why preferably a roof should not be pressure washed. Jet washing may get rid of moss from the roof, but the intense 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 just grow back!
Power washing also affects the lifespan of the tiles which could mean more problems further down the road with most tile manufacturing companies also advising against this method of cleaning roofs.
Jet washing your roof is the least ideal option as this could disrupt or break delicate tiles due to the pressure of the power washer but can also ruin your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many dodgy tradespeople who do this kind of work, claim it is easy money or that it does not need a lot of skill. How true is that? A job like this requires a degree of skill and care that we can provide. Using proper 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 having to put yourself in unnecessary danger.
Which 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 clear away moss on your roof and clean your roof is by employing the scraping approach. By using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will efficiently remove any moss on your roof leaving no scratch marks on the tiles .
As previously stated – with this method 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 once the moss has been scraped off will soak 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 step can take some time once the excess moss has initially been dislodged but again there is no damage to the surface of the tile and with the added application of bespoke chemicals this will impede the moss from returning for several years making this the most worthwhile method.
How is it done?
We will investigate the roof carefully before commencing any work, to identify 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. Then we can start to work on eradicating the roof of organic colonising growths by getting deep into the root system of the moss and destroying the spores. You’ll notice an improvement straight away and continued improvement over time.
Here are some of the nearby towns and villages we cover
We cover 40 miles around Newcastle including all surrounding areas including:
A few factors to consider.
We have already looked at some other things to consider that can affect a roof cleaning job. Now, consider just a few more.
- Size of house and the area of its roof.
- How much vegetation is currently on the roof.
- Type of roof – for example 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 insult to yourself or damage to your house by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Fill out the quote form or give us a call for a quote, and leave it to the professionals.