Roof Cleaning in Startforth
Roof Cleaning Startforth provides a full roof cleaning service for home and business premises in Startforth and surrounding towns and villages within a 40 mile radius of Newcastle Upon Tyne. Roof cleaning is a relatively speedy way of improving the look of your house, by getting rid of moss, dirt and anything else that has built up on your roof.
As a roof ages and get more porous, they are often invaded by moss, algae and dirt. Maintaining a roof that is clean and free of moss and dirt can be challenging for many householders and can become a major cause for issues.
Wouldn’t it be nice to have your roof look brand new again?
Why have it cleaned?
A really serious build-up of dirt, moss on your roof and other natural growth may cause major issues with your roof and the life-span of the tiles will over time be compromised too. If you neglect your roof, you’ll find these plants will quickly grow uncontrollably with their roots creeping their way into weaknesses in the tiles of the roof, steadily widening them throughout time until cracks appear. Like all plants they need water to survive, and after it rains, they’ll behave like a sponge securing as much water as they possibly can. As it works its way through the cracks within your roof it might well cause serious and costly destruction to the rafters and joists. Lastly you could well discover moss that has dislodged and fallen down the roof finding itself in your gutter which can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which damages and soaks into your fascia boards. In truth, getting the roof cleaned is an important service for a few reasons.
For a lot of people though wanting a clean roof is solely an aesthetic preference and we don’t blame you for that! Roofs can become very dull due to organic growths like lichen and moss, and at that point a roof cleaning professional is necessary. Roofs are also frequently tarnished and stained by an everyday bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the general appearance of your otherwise beautiful home. Without a doubt, this bacteria growth is completely natural however it isn’t pleasant to see and it can over time damage your roof. Comparing a clean roof and one that needs cleaning 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 easy DIY job that I should have a go at doing myself?” Let’s look at some evidence to propose what the best way to do this is.
Can I do this myself?
The biggest reason why a lot of people don’t want to risk cleaning their own roof is the fact that it involves working at a height where most of us wouldn’t feel comfortable or safe. At these kinds of heights any kind of fall can lead to a very serious injury.
Plus, many would expect having your roof cleaned involves pressure washing however it doesn’t have to and let’s look at some reasons why in most circumstances a roof should not be pressure washed. Pressure washing may clear away moss from your roof, but the aggressive jets of water may disturb the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding a loft and there is a good chance that the moss will quickly grow back!
Jet washing also affects the lifespan of the tiles which could result in more trouble further down the road with the majority of tile manufacturing companies also warning people against this manner of roof cleaning.
Pressure washing a roof is the least popular option as this can often disturb or break frail tiles from the pressure of the jet washer but may also harm your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many dodgy tradesmen who attempt this kind of work, think that it is easy money or that it doesn’t require much skill. Is there any truth in that? A job like this requires a level of skill and attention that we can deliver. Using the correct roof access equipment, the correct tools and our skill and know-how we can provide for you a roof cleaning service that is worthwhile without you needing to put yourself in unnecessary danger.
What are the best ways to have my roof cleaned?
It is best to have your roof cleaned by a company that specialises in this area. One of the most gentle yet most effective ways to remove roof moss and clean your roof is by employing the scraping method. By using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will efficiently remove any moss on the roof leaving no scratch marks on the tiles .
Don’t forget – using this approach the tiles are not damaged and there is no flood risk, unlike other manners of roof cleaning such as pressure washing.
One more effective method is the use of chemicals. Utilising a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been gently removed will permeate into the tile but most importantly into the gaps in the tiles destroying any tiny moss spores, lichen and any other organic growth on the tiles. This procedure can take some time once the excess moss has initially been dislodged but again the tiles are unharmed and with the added application of bespoke chemicals this will prevent the moss from growing back for several years making this the most worthwhile method.
What is the process?
We will supervise your roof carefully before commencing any work, to identify the best approach to take depending on your roof. Then we will consider what’s growing there and the best way to remove the growth. Next we can begin 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 instant improvement and continued change as time progresses.
Below are some of the nearby areas we cover
We can cover a radius 40 miles from Newcastle as well as all nearby towns including:
A few factors to consider.
We’ve already looked at some other elements that can affect a roof cleaning service. Now, look at the following.
- Size of house and the size of its roof.
- The level of vegetation that is growing on the roof.
- The type of roof – for example in the case of a thatched roof, no water is used.
- How accessible is the roof?
- Height of the roof.
Keeping the aforementioned points in mind, don’t risk serious injury to yourself or dis-repair to your dwelling by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Complete the free quote form or call us for a free quote, and leave it to us.