Roof Cleaning in Tanfield
Roof Cleaning Tanfield offer a full roof cleaning service for home and commercial premises in Tanfield and surrounding villages/towns within a 40 mile radius of Newcastle Upon Tyne. Having your roof cleaned is a quick and easy improvement to make to the look of your property, by clearing dirt, moss, lichen and anything else that has accumulated up there.
As roofs age and get more porous, they are gradually affected by moss and debris. Keeping the roof clean and without moss and dirt is often challenging for most homeowners and can become a major source of annoyance.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have your roof look new again?
Why have it cleaned?
Large amounts of build-up of dirt, moss on your roof and other natural growth may cause big problems with your roof and the life expectancy of the tiles will in time be compromised too. If you ignore your roof, you’ll find these plants will quickly spread out of control with their roots finding their way into weak spots in the roof tiles, progressively widening them over time until cracks emerge. Like all living organisms they need water to survive, 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 could 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 ending up in your gutter which can result in overflowing rainwater from your gutter which penetrates and damages your fascia boards. In conclusion, getting your roof cleaned is a required job for a number of reasons.
For many people though wanting a clean roof is solely an aesthetic decision and we don’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very unattractive due to organic growths like moss and lichen, and at that point a roof cleaning professional is vital. Roofs are also frequently tarnished and stained by a frequent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the familiar appearance of your otherwise beautiful house. Without a doubt, this bacteria growth is completely natural nonetheless it isn’t attractive to see and after a while it can damage your roof. Comparing a clean roof and one that needs cleaning can be night and day. After years of watching your roof get dirtier and dirtier 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 have a go at doing myself?” Let’s look at some evidence to recommend what the best possible solution is here.
Could I do this myself?
The biggest 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 kinds of heights any type of tumble can result in a very serious injury.
Additionally, many would expect getting your roof cleaned requires pressure washing however it doesn’t have to and here are some reasons why preferably a roof shouldn’t be pressure washed. Pressure washing may remove moss from your roof, but the intense jets of water may dislodge the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding a loft and it is highly likely that the moss will quickly grow back!
Power washing also affects the longevity of the tiles which could mean more issues in the future with most tile manufacturing companies also warning people against this form of roof cleaning.
Pressure washing your roof is the least ideal option as this in many instances can disrupt or break weak tiles due to the pressure of the power washer but can also ruin your roof when walking on the tiles and disrupting the tiles.
Many rogue tradesmen who do this kind of work, reckon that it is easy money and that it doesn’t take much skill. How true is that? A job such as this requires a level of experience and skill that we can provide. Using proper roof access equipment, the correct tools and our skill and know-how we can provide for you a roof cleaning service that pleases you without you needing to put yourself at unwanted risk.
What is the best way to clean my roof?
It is best to have your roof cleaning done by a company that specialises in this area. One of the kindest yet most effective ways to remove moss on your roof and clean the roof is by using the scraping method. Using a 9″ scraper on a dry day will effortlessly flake off any moss on your roof and there won’t be any scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.
Remember – using this method there is no damage to the tiles and there is no flood risk, unlike other manners of roof cleaning such as jet washing.
Another effective method is that of using chemicals. Applying a fungicide/moss killer once the moss has been scraped off will soak into the tile and most importantly into the gaps in the tiles killing off any lichen, tiny moss spores and all other organic growth on the tiles. This step can take some time after the excess moss has initially been dislodged but again the tiles are unharmed and by adding an application of specific chemicals this will hinder the moss from returning for several years making this the most worthwhile method.
How is it done?
We will investigate the roof attentively before commencing any work, to identify the best course of action depending on your roof. Then we will assess what’s growing there and the best way to clear out the growth. Next we can begin to work on eradicating the roof of organic colonising growths by getting right into the root system of the moss and killing the spores. You’ll notice an improvement straight away and continued change over time.
Below are some of the areas we cover
We can cover 40 miles around Newcastle as well as all surrounding places including:
A few factors to think about.
We’ve already hinted at some other factors that can affect a roof cleaning service. So, look at the following.
- Size of house and the size of the roof.
- The level of vegetation that is present on the roof.
- Type of roof – e.g. in the case of 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 yourself or dis-repair to your house by attempting a DIY roof clean. Fill out the free quote form or call us for your quote, and leave it to the professionals.