Roof Cleaning in Skelton

Roof Cleaning Skelton offer a professional roof cleaning service for residential and business premises in Skelton and surrounding areas within a 40 mile radius of Newcastle Upon Tyne. Having your roof cleaned is a relatively quick improvement to make to the appearance of your property, by clearing moss, lichen, dirt and anything else that has grown up there.

As a roof ages and get more porous, they are gradually affected by algae, moss and dirt. Keeping the roof clean and without moss and dirt is often quite difficult for many homeowners and becomes a constant annoyance.

Would it not be nice to have your roof looking like new again?

Roof Cleaning in Skelton

Why should I do it?

Dirty roof cleaning Skelton

Large amounts of accumulation of moss and algae on your roof and other organic growth could well cause major problems with the roof and the life expectancy of the tiles will over time be affected too. If you overlook your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will swiftly spread uncontrollably with their roots finding their way into weak spots in the roof tiles, steadily widening them over time until cracks emerge. Like all living organisms they need water to survive, and when it rains, they’ll work like a sponge holding as much water as they possibly can. As it finds its way through the cracks into your roof it might well cause serious and costly deterioration to the rafters and joists. Lastly you could well become aware of moss that has come loose and rolled down the roof finding itself in your gutter which in time can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which penetrates and damages your fascia boards. Really then, getting the roof cleaned is an important service for a number of reasons.

For a lot of people though getting their roof cleaned is simply an aesthetic decision and we can’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very unsightly because of organic growths like moss and lichen, and this is when a roof cleaning company is necessary. Roofs are also often tarnished and stained by a common place bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the familiar appearance of your otherwise stunning home. Of course, this bacteria growth is completely normal nonetheless it isn’t pleasant to see and after a while it can damage your roof. Comparing a clean roof and one that needs a clean can be night and day. After months and years of seeing your roof get dirtier and dirtier wouldn’t it be great to see it looking like brand new again?

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

Could I just do this alone?

Roof Cleaning yourself in Skelton

The most common reason why a lot of people don’t clean their own roof is since it requires working at a height where most of us wouldn’t feel comfortable or safe. At these heights any sort of tumble can result in a very serious wound.

Plus, many would think roof cleaning requires pressure washing but it doesn’t have to and here are some reasons why ideally a roof should not be pressure washed. High pressure cleaning may remove moss from the roof, but the aggressive jets of water may damage the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding any loft spaces and it is highly likely that the moss will just grow back!

Jet washing additionally affects the longevity of the tiles which could mean more issues further down the road with most tile manufacturing companies also cautioning people against this method of cleaning roofs.
Pressure washing a roof is the least popular option as this can often disturb or break frail tiles from the pressure of the power washer but may also harm your roof when walking on the tiles and disrupting the tiles.

Many cow-boy tradesmen who carry out this kind of work, claim it is easy money and that it doesn’t require a lot of skill. How wrong can they be A job such as this requires a degree of skill and care that we can deliver. Using the appropriate roof access equipment, the best tools and our skill and understanding we can provide for you a roof cleaning service that you are happy with without you having to put yourself at unwanted risk.

What is the best way to clean my roof?

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It is best to have your roof cleaning done by a company that specialises in this area. One of the gentlest yet most beneficial ways to remove moss on your roof and clean your roof is by using the scraping approach. Using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will efficiently flake off any moss on your roof and there won’t be any scratch marks on the tiles .

Don’t forget – with this method the tiles are not damaged and there is no flood risk, unlike other roof cleaning methods such as pressure washing.

Another effective method is the use of chemicals. Using a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been scraped off will soak 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 step can take some time once the excess moss has initially been removed but again the tiles are unharmed and with the added application of specific chemicals this will impede the moss from growing back for several years making this the best method.

How is it done?

We will investigate the roof carefully before beginning 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 dislodge the growth. We can then start to work on eradicating 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 change as time passes.

Below are a few of the nearby towns and villages we cover

We can cover a radius 40 miles from Newcastle as well as all nearby areas including:

Some factors to think about.

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

  • Size of dwelling and the area of the roof.
  • How much vegetation is growing on the roof.
  • Type of roof – e.g. with a thatched roof, no water is involved.
  • How accessible is the roof?
  • Height of the roof.

Keeping all of the above in mind, don’t risk serious injury to yourself or damage to your home by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Complete the quote form or give us a call for your free quote, and leave it to the professionals.