Roof Cleaning in South Shields
Roof Cleaning South Shields provides a complete roof cleaning service for home and commercial premises in South Shields and surrounding towns and villages within a 40 mile radius of Newcastle Upon Tyne. Roof cleaning can be a simple improvement to make to the appearance of your house, by removing moss, lichen, dirt and anything else that has grown there.
As a roof ages and become more porous, they are often affected by moss and dirt. Keeping the roof clean and void of any moss can be very difficult for many owners and may become a constant issues.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have your roof look new again?
Why should I do it?
A large accumulation of moss and algae on the tiles on your roof and other natural growth may cause serious issues with the roof and the durability of the tiles will eventually be affected too. If you ignore your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will swiftly 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 living organisms they need water to live, and once it has rained, they’ll behave like a sponge holding as much water as they possibly can. As it works its way through the cracks within your roof it may well cause serious and expensive destruction to the rafters and joists. Lastly you could well find 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 boards. In conclusion, having your roof cleaned is a required service for many reasons.
For many people though cleaning their roof is purely an aesthetic preference and we don’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very unattractive because of organic growths like moss and lichen, and this is when a roof cleaning professional is necessary. Roofs are also periodically tarnished and stained by a common place bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the natural appearance of your otherwise stunning home. Of course, this bacteria growth is not unusual but after all it isn’t nice to look at 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 years of observing your roof get more and more dirty wouldn’t it be great to see it looking as good as new like it used to?
The next question is, “Is this a straightforward DIY job that I should attempt to do myself?” Let’s consider some evidence to propose what the best possible solution is here.
Couldn’t I just clean it alone?
The biggest reason why most people don’t want to risk cleaning their own roof is the fact that it usually means working at a height where many of us wouldn’t feel safe or comfortable. At these heights any type of slip can result in a very serious injury.
Plus, a lot of people would assume roof cleaning involves pressure washing however it doesn’t have to and here are some reasons why in most circumstances a roof should not be pressure washed. High pressure cleaning may clear away moss from your roof, but the intense jets of water may damage the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding a loft and it is highly likely that the moss will just grow back!
High pressure washing also affects the lifespan of the tiles which could mean more trouble further down the road with many tile manufacturing businesses also cautioning people against this method of roof cleaning.
Pressure washing a roof is the least popular option as this in many instances can disturb or break fragile tiles due to the pressure of the power washer but could also damage your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many dodgy companies who attempt this kind of work, think it’s easy money and that it doesn’t take much skill. How wrong can they be A service like this requires a level of skill and attention that we can assure. Using the appropriate roof access equipment, the correct tools and our skill and know-how we can deliver a roof cleaning service that pleases you without you needing to put yourself in unnecessary danger.
Which is the best way to have my roof cleaned?
It is recommended that you have your roof cleaned by a specialised cleaning company. One of the most gentle yet most effective ways to clear away roof moss and clean your roof is by employing the scraping approach. Using a 9″ scraper on a dry day will easily remove any moss on the roof and there won’t be any scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.
Remember – with this method the tiles are not damaged and there is no risk of flooding, unlike other manners of roof cleaning such as jet washing.
Another effective method is that of using chemicals. Utilising a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been scraped off will soak into the tile and 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 removed but again the tiles remain intact and with the added application of roof cleaning chemicals this will impede the moss from returning for many years making this the most worthwhile method.
How is it done?
We will supervise the roof carefully before starting any work, to identify the best cleaning method to use depending on your roof. Then we will consider what’s growing there and the best approach to take to clear out the growth. We can then start to work on cleansing the roof of organic colonising growths by getting right into the moss root system and destroying the spores. You’ll notice an improvement straight away and continued change as time passes.
Here are some of the places we cover
We can cover 40 miles around Newcastle as well as all nearby areas including:
A few things to think about.
We have already looked at some other things to consider that can affect having your roof cleaned. So, let’s have a quick look at these.
- Size of dwelling and the size of its roof.
- How much vegetation is currently on the roof.
- Type of roof – e.g. in the case of a thatched roof, no water is involved.
- Accessibility of the roof.
- Height of the roof.
Keeping everything we have just mentioned in mind, don’t risk serious insult to yourself or damage to your home by attempting a DIY roof clean. Fill in the free quote form or give us a call for a free quote, and leave it to us.