Roof Cleaning in Shilbottle
Roof Cleaning Shilbottle offer a roof cleaning service for private and business properties in Shilbottle and surrounding areas within a 40 mile radius of Newcastle Upon Tyne. Roof cleaning is a relatively quick way of improving the look of your house, by getting rid of moss, dirt and more that has accumulated there.
As roofs become older and get more porous, they are gradually invaded by moss and debris. Keeping the roof clean and void of any moss may be very difficult for most homeowners and may become a major cause for issues.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have your roof looking like new again?
Why should I have it cleaned?
A large build-up of moss, dirt on your roof and other natural growth may cause serious problems 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 spread out of control with their roots creeping their way into weaknesses in the tiles of the roof, progressively widening them over time until cracks appear. Like all living organisms they need water to survive, and when it rains, they’ll behave like a sponge securing as much water as possible. As it works 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 become aware of moss that has dislodged and rolled down the roof finding itself in your gutter which can result in overflowing rainwater from your gutter which damages and soaks into your fascia’s. In truth, arranging to have your roof cleaned is a necessary job for a number of 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 unattractive due to organic growths like moss and lichen, and at that point a roof cleaning company is vital. Roofs are also periodically discoloured and stained by a prevalent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the familiar appearance of your otherwise charming dwelling. Without a doubt, this bacteria growth is completely normal but after all it isn’t nice to look at and it can over time 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 observing 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 easy DIY job that I should attempt to do myself?” Let’s look at some evidence to propose what the best possible solution is here.
Can I just clean it myself?
The biggest reason why most people don’t want to risk cleaning their own roof is since it usually means working at a height where many of us wouldn’t feel safe or comfortable. At these kinds of heights any type of slip can lead to a very serious wound.
Additionally, lots of people would expect getting your roof cleaned involves pressure washing but it doesn’t need to and here are some reasons why ideally a roof shouldn’t be pressure washed. Jet washing may clear away moss from your roof, but the intense jets of water may disturb the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding any loft spaces and there is a good chance that the moss will just grow back!
High pressure washing additionally affects the lifespan of the tiles which could result in more problems further down the road with the majority of tile manufacturing businesses also advising against this method of roof cleaning.
Power washing a roof is the least popular option as this in many instances can disturb or break frail tiles due to the pressure of the power washer but can also ruin your roof when walking on the tiles and disrupting the tiles.
Many cow-boy tradesmen who do this kind of work, think it’s easy money or that it doesn’t take any skill. How true is that? A job such as this requires a level of experience and skill that we can provide. Using the appropriate roof access equipment, the best tools and our skill and understanding we can deliver a roof cleaning service that you are happy with without you needing to put yourself at unwanted risk.
Which are the best ways to clean my roof?
It is best to have your roof cleaned by a company that specialises in this area. One of the gentlest yet most beneficial ways to get rid of roof moss and clean the roof is by employing the scraping method. Using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will efficiently 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 approach there is no damage to the tiles and there is no flood risk, unlike other manners of roof cleaning such as jet washing.
Another effective method is to use chemicals. Using a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been scraped off will absorb into the tile and most importantly into the overlaps of the tiles destroying any tiny moss spores, lichen and any 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 remain intact and by adding an application of specific chemicals this will prevent the moss from growing back for several years making this method the most worthwhile.
What is the process?
We will inspect your roof carefully before commencing any work, to establish the best course of action depending on your roof. Then we will consider what’s growing there and the best approach to take to clear out the growth. Next we can begin to work on purging your roof of organic colonising growths by getting right into the root system of the moss and eliminating the spores. You’ll notice an improvement straight away and continued improvement as time passes.
Below are some of the local places we cover
We cover 40 miles around Newcastle as well as all surrounding towns including:
A few things to consider.
We have already looked at some other factors that can affect having your roof cleaned. Now, let’s also consider the following.
- Size of house and the area of the roof.
- How much vegetation is growing on the roof.
- The type of roof – e.g. with a thatched roof, no water is involved.
- Accessibility of the roof.
- Height of the roof.
Keeping the aforementioned points in mind, it is not worth risking serious damage to yourself or damage to your dwelling by attempting a DIY roof clean. Fill out the free quote form or ring us for a free quote, and leave it to the professionals.