Roof Cleaning in Southwick
Roof Cleaning Southwick offer a professional roof cleaning service for home and business properties in Southwick and surrounding areas within a 40 mile radius of Newcastle Upon Tyne. Roof cleaning can be a simple improvement to make to the look of your house, by getting rid of dirt, moss, lichen and more that has built up up there.
As a roof ages and become more porous, many become affected by moss and debris. Maintaining a roof that is clean and void of any moss is usually quite difficult for many homeowners and can become a source of issues.
Would it not be great to have your roof look brand new again?
Why should I do it?
A large build-up of moss and algae on your roof and other organic growth may cause you big issues with the roof and the life-span of the tiles will eventually be affected too. If you neglect your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will swiftly grow uncontrollably with their roots working their way into weak spots in the roof tiles, steadily 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 securing as much water as they can. As it works its way in the cracks into your roof it may well cause serious and costly damage to the rafters and joists. Also 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 saturates and damages your fascia boards. Really then, arranging to have your roof cleaned is an important service for a few reasons.
For many though getting their roof cleaned is purely an aesthetic choice and we can’t blame you for that! Roofs can become very unattractive due to organic growths like lichen and moss, and then a roof cleaning service is necessary. Roofs are also often tarnished and stained by a prevalent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the general appearance of your otherwise charming home. Without a doubt, this bacteria growth is not unusual but after all it isn’t nice to look at and after a while it can 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 progressively dirtier wouldn’t it be brilliant to see it looking like brand new once more?
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 possible solution is here.
Couldn’t I just clean it alone?
The most common reason why a lot of people haven’t attempted to clean their own roof is the fact that it requires working at a height where a lot of us wouldn’t feel safe and secure. At these kinds of heights any kind of fall can result in a very serious wound.
Plus, a lot of people would think getting your roof cleaned involves pressure washing however it doesn’t need to and here are some reasons why ideally a roof shouldn’t be pressure washed. High pressure cleaning may get rid of moss from your roof, but the high powered jets of water may dislodge the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding a loft and it’s more than likely that the moss will quickly grow back!
Power washing additionally affects the longevity of the tiles which could mean more trouble in the future with the majority of tile manufacturing companies also cautioning people against this manner of cleaning roofs.
Pressure washing your roof is the least ideal option as this in many instances can dislodge or break fragile 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 dodgy tradesmen who attempt this kind of work, claim it is easy money or that it doesn’t require much skill. How true is that? A service such as this requires a level of skill and attention that we can deliver. Using proper roof access equipment, the best tools and our skill and understanding we can deliver a roof cleaning service that is worthwhile without you needing to put yourself at needless risk.
Which is the best way to clean my roof?
It is best to have your roof cleaning done by a specialised cleaning company. One of the gentlest yet most effective ways to clear away roof moss and clean the roof is by employing the scraping approach. By using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will easily flake off any moss on your roof without leaving any scratch marks on the tiles .
As previously stated – using this method there is no damage to the tiles and there is no flood risk, unlike other manners of roof cleaning such as pressure washing.
Another effective method is to use chemicals. Using a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been gently removed will soak into the tile but most importantly into the overlaps of the tiles killing off any lichen, tiny moss spores and any other organic growth on the tiles. This procedure 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 prevent the moss from growing back for many years making this the best method.
What is the process?
We will investigate your roof with care and attention before starting 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 approach to take to remove the growth. We can then start to work on cleansing 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 progresses.
Below are a few of the nearby areas we cover
We can cover 40 miles around Newcastle and all local towns including:
Some things to consider.
We have already hinted at some other factors that can affect having your roof cleaned. So, let’s also consider the following.
- Size of house and the size of the roof.
- The level of vegetation that is currently on the roof.
- Type of roof – e.g. with a thatched roof, no water is used.
- How accessible is the roof?
- How high is the roof?
Keeping the aforementioned points in mind, don’t risk serious damage to you or dis-repair to your home by attempting a DIY roof clean. Fill out the quote form or ring us for your quote, and leave it to us.