Roof Cleaning in Shotley Bridge

Roof Cleaning Shotley Bridge provides a professional roof cleaning service for residential and commercial premises in Shotley Bridge and surrounding towns and villages within a 40 mile radius of Newcastle Upon Tyne. Getting your roof cleaned can be a relatively quick improvement to make to the appearance of your house, by getting rid of moss, lichen, dirt and anything else that has accumulated on your roof.

As roofs age and become more porous, they are often affected by moss and debris. Maintaining a roof that is clean and void of any moss and algae is usually challenging for many owners and can become a major cause for issues.

Wouldn’t it be nice to have your roof looking like brand new again?

Roof Cleaning in Shotley Bridge

Why have it cleaned?

Dirty roof cleaning Shotley Bridge

A really serious build-up of moss and algae on roof tiles and other organic growth could well cause major problems with the roof and the durability of the tiles will in time be compromised too. If you neglect your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will swiftly spread uncontrollably 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 appear. Like all plants they need water to thrive, and after it rains, they’ll act like a sponge retaining as much water as possible. Once it finds its way in the cracks into your roof it might well cause serious and expensive damage to the rafters and joists. Lastly you could well discover moss that has come loose and rolled down the roof ending up in your gutter which in time can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which damages and soaks into your fascia’s. In conclusion, arranging to have the roof cleaned is a required job for a few reasons.

For many though cleaning their roof is simply an aesthetic choice and we can’t blame you for that! Roofs can become very dull due to organic growths like moss and lichen, and this is when a roof cleaning company is vital. Roofs are also frequently tarnished and stained by an everyday bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the general appearance of your otherwise beautiful dwelling. By all means, this bacteria growth is not unusual however it isn’t nice to look at and it can over time damage your roof. Comparing a clean roof and one that needs a clean can be night and day. After months and years of watching your roof get progressively dirtier wouldn’t it be lovely to see it looking as good as new once more?

The next question is, “Is this a simple DIY job that I should try to do myself?” Let’s consider some evidence to propose what the best way to do this is.

Can I just clean it alone?

Roof Cleaning yourself in Shotley Bridge

The most common reason why a lot of people haven’t attempted to clean their own roof is the fact that it involves working at a height where a lot of us wouldn’t feel safe or comfortable. At these kinds of heights any sort of fall can lead to a very serious injury.

Additionally, many would assume getting your roof cleaned requires pressure washing however it doesn’t need to and let’s look at some reasons why preferably a roof should not be pressure washed. Jet washing may get rid of moss from your roof, but the high powered jets of water may damage the tiles or other roof fittings, risk flooding a loft and there is a good chance that the moss will just grow back!

Jet washing additionally affects the lifespan of the tiles which could result in more trouble further down the road with most tile manufacturing businesses also advising against this form of roof cleaning.
Pressure washing your roof is the least ideal option as this in many instances can disturb or break delicate tiles from the pressure of the jet washer but could also ruin your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.

Many cow-boy tradesmen who carry out this kind of work, claim it’s easy money or that it doesn’t need any skill. Is there any truth in that? A service such as this requires a level of skill and care that we can deliver. Using the correct roof access equipment, the right tools and our experience and know-how we can deliver a roof cleaning service that you are happy with without you needing to put yourself at needless risk.

What is the best way to have my roof cleaned?

Roof Cleaning Shotley Bridge

It is recommended that you have your roof cleaning done by a specialised cleaning company. One of the most gentle yet most beneficial ways to get rid of roof moss and clean the roof is by using the scraping method. By using a 9″ scraper on a dry day will easily flake off any moss on your roof leaving no scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.

As previously stated – with this approach there is no damage to the tiles and there is no flood risk, unlike other roof cleaning methods such as pressure washing.

Another effective method is that of using chemicals. Utilising a fungicide/moss killer once the moss has been gently removed will soak into the tile and most importantly into the gaps in the tiles killing off any tiny moss spores, lichen and all other organic growth on the tiles. This procedure can take some time after the excess moss has initially been scraped away but again the tiles remain intact and with the added application of specific chemicals this will prevent the moss from growing back for many years making this method the most worthwhile.

What is the process?

We will inspect the roof carefully before starting any work, to determine the best course of action depending on your roof. Then we will assess what’s growing there and the best approach to take to clear out the growth. Next we can begin to work on cleansing the 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 improvement as time progresses.

Here are a few of the local towns and villages we cover

We can cover a radius 40 miles from Newcastle and all surrounding places including:

A few factors to think about.

We’ve already looked at some other things to consider that can affect having your roof cleaned. Now, look at the following.

  • Size of house and the size of its roof.
  • How much vegetation is currently on the roof.
  • Type of roof – for example with a thatched roof, no water is involved.
  • How accessible is the roof?
  • Height of the roof.

Keeping all of the above in mind, it is not worth risking serious damage to yourself or dis-repair to your dwelling by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Fill in the free quote form or call us for your quote, and leave it to the pros.