Roof Cleaning in Thornley
Roof Cleaning Thornley offers a full roof cleaning service for private and business properties in Thornley and surrounding villages/towns within a 40 mile radius of Newcastle Upon Tyne. Having your roof cleaned is a relatively quick and easy way to improve the look of your home, by removing dirt, moss, lichen and more that has accumulated up there.
As roofs age and become more porous, they are gradually affected by moss and debris. Keeping the roof clean and free of moss and dirt can be challenging for the majority of householders and becomes a constant problems.
Would it not be great to have your roof look brand new again?
Why have it cleaned?
Large amounts of build-up of moss, dirt on roof tiles and other organic growth could well cause major problems with your roof and the life-span of the tiles will in time be compromised too. If you overlook your roof, you’ll find these plants will rapidly spread out of control with their roots working their way into vulnerable spots in the tiles of the roof, progressively widening them over time until cracks emerge. Like all living organisms they need water to survive, and when it rains, they’ll behave like a sponge retaining as much water as they can. As it finds its way through the cracks within your roof it might well cause serious and expensive destruction to the rafters and joists. Lastly you could well become aware of moss that has come loose and fallen down the roof ending up in your gutter which in time can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which damages and soaks into your fascia boards. In conclusion, arranging to have the roof cleaned is a necessary service for a number of reasons.
For a lot of people though wanting a clean roof is entirely an aesthetic preference and we don’t blame you for that! Roofs can become very unattractive because of organic growths like lichen and moss, and this is when a roof cleaning service is necessary. Roofs are also frequently discoloured and stained by a common place bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the general appearance of your otherwise stunning dwelling. Without a doubt, this bacteria growth is completely normal however it isn’t attractive to see 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 years of watching your roof get dirtier and dirtier wouldn’t it be great to see it looking almost as good as new again?
Next you might ask, “Is this a easy DIY job that I should have a go at doing myself?” Let’s look at some evidence to suggest what the best way to do this is.
Can I do this alone?
The most common reason why most people don’t want to risk cleaning their own roof is since it requires working at a height where most of us wouldn’t feel safe and secure. At these heights any type of fall can result in a very serious injury.
Also, lots of people would expect roof cleaning involves pressure washing however it doesn’t have to and here are some reasons why in most circumstances a roof should not be pressure washed. Pressure washing may remove moss from your roof, but the intense jets of water may damage the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding a loft and it is highly likely that the moss will quickly grow back!
High pressure washing additionally affects the longevity of the tiles which could mean more issues in the future with the majority of tile manufacturing businesses also cautioning people against this form of roof cleaning.
Power washing a roof is the least popular option as this can often disturb or break fragile tiles from the pressure of the power washer but may also harm your roof when walking on the tiles and disrupting the tiles.
Many dodgy tradespeople who do this kind of work, think that it is easy money or that it doesn’t need a lot of skill. Is there any truth in that? A job like this requires a level of experience and skill that we can provide. Using the appropriate roof access equipment, the best 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 at needless risk.
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 beneficial ways to remove roof moss and clean the roof is by employing the scraping approach. By using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will efficiently flake off any moss on your roof and there won’t be any scratch marks on the tiles .
Remember – with this approach there is no damage to the tiles and there is no risk of flooding, unlike other methods such as high-powered pressure washing.
Another effective method is the use of chemicals. Applying a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been scraped off will absorb into the tile but most importantly into the overlaps of the tiles killing off 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 there is no damage to the surface of the tile and by adding an 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 supervise the roof attentively before starting any work, to identify the best cleaning method to use depending on your roof. Then we will consider what’s growing there and the best way to remove the growth. Then we can begin to work on eradicating the roof of organic colonising growths by getting right into the root system of the moss and destroying the spores. You’ll notice an improvement straight away and continued improvement over time.
Below are some of the nearby places we cover
We can cover 40 miles around Newcastle including all surrounding towns including:
Some things to think about.
We have already considered some other factors that can affect having your roof cleaned. So, let’s also consider the following.
- Size of dwelling and the size of the roof.
- How much vegetation is currently on the roof.
- The type of roof – e.g. in the case of a thatched roof, no water is involved.
- Accessibility of the roof.
- How high is the roof?
Keeping all of the above in mind, don’t risk serious damage to you or damage to your home by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Complete the free quote form or ring us for a quote, and leave it to the professionals.