Roof Cleaning in Ryton
Roof Cleaning Ryton offers a professional roof cleaning service for residential and commercial properties in Ryton and surrounding areas within a 40 mile radius of Newcastle Upon Tyne. Getting your roof cleaned is a quick way to improve the look of your property, by removing dirt, moss, lichen and more that has accumulated up there.
As roofs become older and get more porous, many become affected by moss and dirt. Keeping the roof clean and without moss and debris is usually challenging for the majority of owners and may become a constant cause for issues.
Would it not be wonderful to have your roof look new again?
Why have it cleaned?
A really serious accumulation of moss, dirt on roof tiles and other organic growth is likely to cause you big problems with your roof and the life expectancy of the tiles will in time be affected too. If you neglect your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will quickly grow out of control with their roots working their way into weaknesses in the tiles of the roof, gradually widening them throughout time until cracks appear. Like all plants they need water to live, and when it rains, they’ll work like a sponge retaining as much water as they possibly can. As it finds its way in the cracks within your roof it might well cause serious and expensive damage to the rafters and joists. Finally you could well discover moss that has come loose and rolled down the roof into your gutter which can result in overflowing rainwater from your gutter which damages and soaks into your fascia’s. In conclusion, having the roof cleaned is an important service for a few reasons.
For a lot of people though cleaning their roof is purely an aesthetic choice and we don’t blame you for that! Roofs can become very unattractive due to organic growths like lichen and moss, and at that point a roof cleaning company is vital. Roofs are also often tarnished and stained by a prevalent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the general appearance of your otherwise charming house. Of course, this bacteria growth is not unusual but after all it isn’t attractive to see and it can over time damage your roof. Comparing a clean roof and one that hasn’t been cleaned can be night and day. After months and years of watching your roof get dirtier and dirtier wouldn’t it be lovely to see it looking almost as good as new again?
Maybe you’re wondering, “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.
Should I clean it myself?
The most common reason why most people haven’t attempted to clean their own roof is since it requires working at a height where most of us wouldn’t feel safe and secure. At these heights any sort of slip can lead to a very serious wound.
Plus, many would assume roof cleaning requires pressure washing however it doesn’t have to and let’s look at some reasons why ideally a roof should not be pressure washed. High pressure cleaning may clear away moss from the roof, but the high powered jets of water may disturb the tiles or other roof fittings, risk flooding any loft spaces and it is highly likely that the moss will simply grow back!
High pressure washing additionally affects the longevity of the tiles which could mean more issues further down the road with most tile manufacturing companies also warning people against this manner of cleaning roofs.
Jet washing your roof is the least popular option as this could disrupt or break frail tiles due to the pressure of the power washer but can also damage your roof when walking on the tiles and disrupting the tiles.
Many cow-boy tradespeople who do this kind of work, think it’s easy money and that it does not need a lot of skill. Is there any truth in that? A service like this requires a degree of skill and care that we can assure. Using the appropriate roof access equipment, the best tools and our skill and know-how we can deliver a roof cleaning service that you are happy with 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 company that specialises in this area. One of the gentlest yet most effective ways to remove roof moss and clean your roof is by using the scraping approach. Using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will efficiently remove any moss on the roof and there won’t be any scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.
Don’t forget – with this method the tiles are not damaged and there is no risk of flooding, unlike other manners of roof cleaning such as pressure washing.
One more effective method is to use chemicals. Using a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been scraped off will permeate into the tile but most importantly into the overlaps of the tiles killing off any tiny moss spores, lichen and all other organic growth on the tiles. This step can take some time after 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 many years making this the most worthwhile method.
What is the process?
We will inspect the roof with care and attention before commencing any work, to establish the best cleaning method to use depending on your roof. Then we will assess what’s growing there and the best way to remove the growth. Then we can begin to work on purging your roof of organic colonising growths by getting deep into the moss root system and eliminating the spores. You’ll notice an improvement straight away and continued change as time progresses.
Here are some of the nearby towns and villages we cover
We can cover a radius 40 miles from Newcastle including all nearby towns including:
A few factors to think about.
We’ve already looked at some other elements that can affect having your roof cleaned. Now, let’s also consider the following.
- Size of house and the area 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 involved.
- How accessible is the roof?
- How high is the roof?
Keeping everything we have just mentioned in mind, it is not worth risking serious injury to you or damage to your house by attempting a DIY roof clean. Fill out the free quote form or give us a call for your free quote, and leave it to us.