Roof Cleaning in Thornaby-on-Tees
Roof Cleaning Thornaby-on-Tees offer a professional roof cleaning service for residential and commercial premises in Thornaby-on-Tees and surrounding towns and villages within a 40 mile radius of Newcastle Upon Tyne. Having your roof cleaned is a simple improvement to make to the appearance of your home, by removing moss, dirt and more that has accumulated there.
As roofs become older and get more porous, they are gradually affected by moss and dirt. Keeping your roof clean and without moss and debris is usually quite difficult for the majority of householders and can become a constant source of issues.
Wouldn’t it be great to have your roof look new again?
Why should I do it?
A really serious accumulation of dirt, moss on your roof and other natural growth may cause you big problems with your roof and the life expectancy of the tiles will eventually be compromised too. If you overlook your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will rapidly spread out of control with their roots finding their way into weak spots in the roof tiles, progressively widening them throughout time until cracks emerge. Like all plants they need water to live, and after it rains, they’ll work like a sponge securing as much water as they possibly can. Once it finds its way in the cracks within your roof it might well cause serious and expensive damage to the rafters and joists. Lastly you could well find moss that has come loose and rolled down the roof finding itself in your gutter which can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which damages and soaks into your fascia’s. In truth, arranging to have the roof cleaned is an important service for a few reasons.
For many people though wanting a clean roof is entirely an aesthetic decision and we can’t blame you for that! Roofs can become very unattractive due to organic growths like lichen and moss, and at that point a roof cleaning professional is vital. Roofs are also frequently tarnished and stained by an everyday bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the familiar appearance of your otherwise charming dwelling. By all means, this bacteria growth is completely normal but after all it isn’t attractive to look at and gradually it can damage your roof. The difference between a clean roof and one that hasn’t been cleaned can be night and day. After months and years of seeing your roof get dirtier and dirtier wouldn’t it be lovely to see it looking almost 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 look at some evidence to propose what the best possible solution is here.
Should I do this myself?
The biggest reason why a lot of people haven’t attempted to clean their own roof is since it requires working at a height where many of us wouldn’t feel comfortable or safe. At these heights any type of tumble can lead to a very serious wound.
Plus, many would assume having your roof cleaned involves pressure washing but it doesn’t have to and let’s look at some reasons why preferably a roof should not be pressure washed. Jet washing may clear away moss from the roof, but the intense jets of water may damage the tiles or other roof fittings, risk flooding any loft spaces and there is a good chance that the moss will simply grow back!
Power washing additionally affects the longevity of the tiles which could mean more trouble further down the road with most tile manufacturing businesses also warning people against this manner of roof cleaning.
Jet washing your roof is the least popular option as this in many instances can disrupt or break frail tiles from the pressure of the power washer but may also damage your roof when walking on the tiles and disrupting the tiles.
Many rogue tradespeople who do this kind of work, think it’s easy money or that it doesn’t require any skill. Is there any truth in that? A job like this requires a degree of skill and care that we can deliver. Using proper roof access equipment, the best tools and our experience and know-how we can provide for you a roof cleaning service that you are happy with without you having to put yourself at unwanted risk.
What is the best way to have my roof cleaned?
It is best to have your roof cleaning done by a company that specialises in this area. One of the kindest yet most beneficial ways to remove moss on your roof and clean the roof is by employing the scraping approach. Using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will effortlessly flake off any moss on your roof without leaving any scratch marks on the tiles .
Don’t forget – using this approach 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 the use of chemicals. Using a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been gently removed will permeate 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 step 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 hinder the moss from growing back for several years making this the most worthwhile method.
What is the process?
We will supervise the roof carefully before beginning any work, to establish the best cleaning method to use depending on your roof. Then we will consider what’s growing there and the how best to clear out the growth. We can then start to work on eradicating the roof of organic colonising growths by getting right into the moss root system and killing the spores. You’ll notice an instant improvement and continued improvement as time progresses.
Here are some of the places we cover
We cover a radius 40 miles from Newcastle as well as all surrounding places including:
Some factors to consider.
We have already hinted at some other elements that can affect a roof cleaning job. Now, let’s also consider the following.
- Size of dwelling and the size of the roof.
- How much vegetation is growing on the roof.
- The type of roof – for example with a thatched roof, no water is used.
- How accessible is the roof?
- Height of the roof.
Keeping all of the above in mind, it is not worth risking serious damage to you or dis-repair to your home by attempting a DIY roof clean. Fill out the free quote form or ring us for your free quote, and leave it to the professionals.