Roof Cleaning in Ovingham
Roof Cleaning Ovingham offers a complete roof cleaning service for private and commercial premises in Ovingham and surrounding towns and villages within a 40 mile radius of Newcastle Upon Tyne. Roof cleaning can be a simple way to improve the look of your house, by getting rid of dirt, moss, lichen and anything else that has grown there.
As a roof becomes older and get more porous, many become affected by moss, algae and dirt. Maintaining a roof that is clean and without moss and debris is often quite difficult for most householders and becomes a major source of annoyance.
Wouldn’t it be nice to have your roof look new again?
Why do it?
A large build-up of moss, dirt on roof tiles and other organic growth is likely to cause you serious problems with your roof and the durability of the tiles will over time be affected too. If you overlook your roof, you’ll find these plants will swiftly spread uncontrollably with their roots creeping their way into weaknesses in the tiles of the roof, progressively widening them throughout time until cracks emerge. Like all living organisms they need water to live, and once it has rained, they’ll work like a sponge securing as much water as possible. Once it finds its way through the cracks into your roof it may well cause serious and costly deterioration to the rafters and joists. Finally you could well find moss that has dislodged and rolled down the roof ending up in your gutter which in time can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which penetrates and damages your fascia’s. Really then, arranging to have the roof cleaned is a required job for a number of reasons.
For many though getting their roof cleaned is simply an aesthetic decision and we don’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very dull because of organic growths like moss and lichen, and this is when a roof cleaning service is needed. Roofs are also periodically discoloured and stained by a common place bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the natural appearance of your otherwise beautiful house. Without a doubt, this bacteria growth is not unusual nonetheless it isn’t pleasant to look at 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 like it used to?
Next you might ask, “Is this a simple DIY job that I should try to do myself?” Let’s consider some evidence to recommend what the best way to do this is.
Couldn’t I just do this alone?
The biggest reason why a lot of people haven’t attempted to clean their own roof is since it usually means working at a height where a lot of us wouldn’t feel safe or comfortable. At these kinds of heights any type of tumble can lead to a very serious wound.
Plus, a lot of people would think having your roof cleaned involves pressure washing however it doesn’t need to and here are some reasons why in most circumstances a roof shouldn’t be pressure washed. High pressure cleaning may remove moss from the roof, but the aggressive jets of water may disturb the tiles or other roof fittings, risk flooding a loft and it’s more than likely that the moss will simply grow back!
Power washing also affects the longevity of the tiles which could result in more issues in the future with most tile manufacturing businesses also warning people against this method of roof cleaning.
Pressure washing a roof is the least ideal option as this can often disturb or break delicate tiles from the pressure of the power washer but may also ruin your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many rogue tradespeople who carry out this kind of work, think that it is easy money and that it does not take any skill. Is there any truth in that? A job such as this requires a level of skill and attention that we can assure. Using the correct roof access equipment, the right tools and our skill and understanding we can deliver a roof cleaning service that pleases you without you having to put yourself in unnecessary danger.
What are the best ways to have my roof cleaned?
It is recommended that you have your roof cleaned by a specialised cleaning company. One of the gentlest yet most effective ways to get rid of roof moss and clean your roof is by employing the scraping method. By using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will effortlessly remove any moss on your roof and there won’t be any scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.
As previously stated – using this method the tiles are not damaged and there is no risk of flooding, unlike other methods 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 absorb into the tile but most importantly into the overlaps of the tiles destroying any tiny moss spores, lichen and any other organic growth on the tiles. This procedure can take some time after the excess moss has initially been scraped away but again there is no damage to the surface of the tile and with the added application of roof cleaning chemicals this will prevent the moss from returning for several years making this the best method.
What is the process?
We will investigate your roof attentively before beginning any work, to establish the best cleaning method to use depending on your roof. Then we will look at what’s growing there and the how best to clear out the growth. We can then start to work on eradicating your roof of organic colonising growths by getting right into the moss root system and killing the spores. You’ll notice an immediate improvement and continued improvement as time progresses.
Here are a few of the areas we cover
We cover a radius 40 miles from Newcastle and all local areas including:
A few things to consider.
We’ve already hinted at some other elements that can affect a roof cleaning service. So, let’s also consider the following.
- Size of house and the size of its roof.
- The level of vegetation that is growing on the roof.
- The type of roof – e.g. with a thatched roof, no water is used.
- Accessibility of the roof.
- How high is the roof?
Keeping all of the above in mind, it is not worth risking serious insult to yourself or dis-repair to your dwelling by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Complete the quote form or call us for a quote, and leave it to the pros.