Roof Cleaning in Stakeford
Roof Cleaning Stakeford provides a professional roof cleaning service for residential and business premises in Stakeford and surrounding areas within a 40 mile radius of Newcastle Upon Tyne. Having your roof cleaned is a quick way of improving the appearance of your house, by getting rid of moss and more that has accumulated on your roof.
As roofs become older and become more porous, many become invaded by moss, algae and dirt. Keeping the roof clean and void of any moss and debris can be challenging for most householders and can become a continual source of annoyance.
Would it not be nice to have your roof looking like new again?
Why should I have it cleaned?
A really serious accumulation of moss, dirt on roof tiles and other organic growth may cause major issues with your roof and the durability of the tiles will over time be compromised too. If you ignore your roof, you’ll find these plants will rapidly grow uncontrollably with their roots creeping their way into weaknesses in the roof tiles, gradually widening them over the course of time until cracks emerge. 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 can. As it works its way through the cracks into your roof it may well cause serious and expensive deterioration to the rafters and joists. Lastly you could well find moss that has come loose and rolled down the roof into your gutter which can result in overflowing rainwater from your gutter which damages and soaks into your fascia’s. In truth, getting your roof cleaned is an important service for many reasons.
For many people though cleaning their roof is solely an aesthetic decision and we can’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very unattractive because of organic growths like moss and lichen, and at that point a roof cleaning professional is vital. Roofs are also periodically tarnished and stained by a prevalent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the familiar appearance of your otherwise stunning dwelling. Without a doubt, this bacteria growth is completely natural but after all it isn’t nice to see 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 seeing your roof get more and more dirty wouldn’t it be great to see it looking like brand 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 way to do this is.
Should I do this alone?
The most common reason why a lot of people don’t want to risk cleaning their own roof is because it requires working at a height where many of us wouldn’t feel comfortable or safe. At these heights any sort of slip can lead to a very serious wound.
Also, many would assume roof cleaning requires pressure washing however it doesn’t need to and here are some reasons why ideally a roof shouldn’t be pressure washed. Pressure washing may clear away moss from your roof, but the high powered jets of water may damage the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding a loft and it’s more than likely that the moss will just grow back!
Power washing also affects the longevity of the tiles which could result in more trouble in the future with many tile manufacturing businesses also advising against this manner of cleaning roofs.
Jet washing your roof is the least popular option as this could disturb or break weak tiles from the pressure of the jet washer but can also ruin your roof when walking on the tiles and disrupting the tiles.
Many rogue companies who attempt this kind of work, claim it is easy money or that it does not take a lot of skill. How true is that? A service like this requires a degree of experience and skill that we can provide. Using proper roof access equipment, the right tools and our skill and know-how we can provide for you a roof cleaning service that you are happy with without you needing to put yourself at unwanted risk.
What is the best way to have my roof cleaned?
It is best to have your roof cleaned by a specialised cleaning company. One of the kindest yet most beneficial ways to remove moss on your roof and clean the roof is by using the scraping method. By using a 9″ scraper on a dry day will effortlessly flake off any moss on the 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 high-powered pressure washing.
Another effective method is the use of chemicals. Using a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been gently removed will absorb into the tile but most importantly into the overlaps of the tiles targeting any lichen, tiny moss spores and any other organic growth on the tiles. This roof cleaning process can take some time after the excess moss has initially been dislodged but again the tiles remain intact and by adding an application of roof cleaning chemicals this will hinder the moss from growing back for several years making this method the most worthwhile.
How is it done?
We will investigate your roof carefully before beginning any work, to identify the best approach to take depending on your roof. Then we will look at what’s growing there and the best way to dislodge the growth. Next we can begin to work on purging the roof of organic colonising growths by getting deep into the root system of the moss and destroying the spores. You’ll notice an instant improvement and continued improvement as time progresses.
Below are some of the local areas we cover
We can cover a radius 40 miles from Newcastle as well as all surrounding places including:
A few things to consider.
We’ve already considered some other factors that can affect a roof cleaning job. Now, look at the following.
- Size of house and the size of its roof.
- The level of vegetation that is currently on the roof.
- The type of roof – e.g. in the case of a thatched roof, no water is involved.
- How accessible is the roof?
- How high is the roof?
Keeping everything we have just mentioned in mind, don’t risk serious insult to you or dis-repair to your dwelling by attempting a DIY roof clean. Fill in the quote form or give us a call for your free quote, and leave it to the pros.