Roof Cleaning in Prestwick
Roof Cleaning Prestwick offers a roof cleaning service for private and business premises in Prestwick and surrounding areas within a 40 mile radius of Newcastle Upon Tyne. Roof cleaning is a speedy way of improving the appearance of your property, by getting rid of moss, dirt and anything else that has built up up there.
As a roof ages and become more porous, many become affected by algae, moss and dirt. Keeping your roof clean and free of moss and algae is usually challenging for many householders and can become a source of problems.
Would it not be nice to have your roof look brand new again?
Why should I do it?
A large build-up of moss, dirt on the tiles on your roof and other organic growth could well cause serious problems with the roof and the life-span of the tiles will eventually be compromised too. If you ignore your roof, you’ll find these plants will quickly spread out of control with their roots working their way into weak spots in the tiles of the roof, gradually widening them over the course of time until cracks become visible. Like all plants they need water to survive, and after it rains, they’ll work like a sponge holding as much water as they possibly can. As it works its way in the cracks within your roof it might well cause serious and costly damage to the rafters and joists. Lastly you could well discover moss that has dislodged and fallen down the roof ending up in your gutter which in time can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which saturates and damages your fascia boards. In conclusion, arranging to have your roof cleaned is a necessary service for many reasons.
For a lot of people though wanting a clean roof is purely an aesthetic decision and we can’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very unsightly due to organic growths like lichen and moss, and then a roof cleaning company is needed. Roofs are also frequently tarnished and stained by a common place bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the general appearance of your otherwise charming dwelling. Of course, this bacteria growth is completely normal however it isn’t pleasant to see and gradually it can damage your roof. Comparing a clean roof and one that hasn’t been cleaned can be night and day. After years of seeing your roof get progressively dirtier wouldn’t it be lovely to see it looking like brand new like it used to?
Maybe you’re wondering, “Is this a simple DIY job that I should have a go at doing myself?” Let’s look at some evidence to recommend what the best way to do this is.
Should I just clean it alone?
The most common reason why most people haven’t attempted to clean their own roof is since it requires working at a height where many of us wouldn’t feel safe and secure. At these heights any type of fall can lead to a very serious wound.
Additionally, many would think having your roof cleaned involves pressure washing however it doesn’t have to and let’s look at some reasons why in most circumstances a roof shouldn’t be pressure washed. Jet washing may remove moss from your roof, but the intense jets of water may damage the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding any loft spaces and it’s more than likely that the moss will simply grow back!
High pressure washing additionally affects the longevity of the tiles which could mean more problems further down the road with the majority of tile manufacturing businesses also advising against this method of roof cleaning.
Power washing your roof is the least ideal option as this could disrupt or break frail tiles due to the pressure of the jet washer but could also damage your roof when walking on the tiles and disrupting the tiles.
Many cow-boy companies who attempt this kind of work, claim it is easy money and that it does not need any skill. Is there any truth in that? A service like this requires a level of skill and care that we can deliver. Using the appropriate roof access equipment, the best tools and our skill and understanding we can deliver a roof cleaning service that is worthwhile without you needing to put yourself at needless risk.
What is the best way to clean my roof?
It is recommended that you have your roof cleaning done by a specialised cleaning company. One of the gentlest yet most beneficial ways to remove 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 the roof leaving no scratch marks on the tiles .
Remember – with this method there is no damage to the tiles and there is no risk of flooding, unlike other methods such as jet washing.
One more effective method is the use of chemicals. Using a fungicide/moss killer once the moss has been gently removed will permeate into the tile but most importantly into the gaps in the tiles destroying any tiny moss spores, lichen and all other organic growth on the tiles. This roof cleaning process can take some time after the excess moss has initially been scraped away but again the tiles are unharmed and by adding an 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 inspect the roof with care and attention before beginning any work, to establish the best course of action depending on your roof. Then we will consider what’s growing there and the how best to dislodge the growth. Then we can start to work on cleansing the roof of organic colonising growths by getting right into the root system of the moss and destroying the spores. You’ll notice an instant improvement and continued improvement over time.
Below are some of the places we cover
We can cover a radius 40 miles from Newcastle including all surrounding areas including:
Some things to think about.
We have already looked at some other elements that can affect a roof cleaning service. So, let’s have a quick look at these.
- Size of dwelling and the area of the roof.
- How much vegetation is present on the roof.
- The type of roof – for example in the case of a thatched roof, no water is involved.
- Accessibility of the roof.
- How high is the roof?
Keeping everything we have just mentioned in mind, don’t risk serious injury to you or damage to your dwelling by attempting a DIY roof clean. Fill in the quote form or give us a call for your free quote, and leave it to the professionals.