Roof Cleaning in Tunstall
Roof Cleaning Tunstall provides a professional roof cleaning service for residential and business premises in Tunstall and surrounding areas within a 40 mile radius of Newcastle Upon Tyne. Having your roof cleaned can be a simple way to improve the look of your home, by clearing moss, dirt and more that has built up on your roof.
As roofs age and become more porous, many become invaded by moss and debris. Keeping the roof clean and void of any moss and algae can be quite difficult for the majority of homeowners and becomes a continual problems.
Wouldn’t it be nice to have your roof look brand new again?
Why have it cleaned?
A large build-up of dirt, moss on the tiles on your roof and other natural growth may cause big problems with the roof and the durability of the tiles will over time be affected too. If you ignore your roof, you’ll find these plants will quickly spread out of control with their roots finding their way into vulnerable spots in the tiles of the roof, gradually widening them throughout time until cracks appear. Like all plants they need water to live, and once it has rained, they’ll act like a sponge retaining as much water as possible. As it works its way in the cracks into your roof it might well cause serious and expensive destruction to the rafters and joists. Lastly you could well find moss that has come loose and fallen 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, having the roof cleaned is an important service for a number of reasons.
For many people though wanting a clean roof is simply an aesthetic choice and we don’t fault 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 needed. Roofs are also frequently discoloured and stained by a prevalent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the general appearance of your otherwise stunning home. Of course, this bacteria growth is completely normal however it isn’t pleasant to look at and gradually it can damage your roof. Comparing a clean roof and one that needs a clean can be night and day. After years of observing your roof get progressively dirtier wouldn’t it be lovely to see it looking almost as good as new like it used to?
Next you might ask, “Is this a straightforward DIY job that I should try to do myself?” Let’s look at some evidence to recommend what the best possible solution is here.
Can I clean it myself?
The biggest reason why a lot of people don’t clean their own roof is because it requires working at a height where many of us wouldn’t feel safe and secure. At these kinds of heights any kind of tumble can lead to a very serious wound.
Plus, a lot of people would assume roof cleaning involves pressure washing but 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 get rid of moss from the roof, but the aggressive jets of water may disturb the tiles or other roof fittings, risk flooding any loft spaces and there is a good chance that the moss will quickly grow back!
High pressure washing also affects the lifespan of the tiles which could mean more issues in the future with most tile manufacturing companies also warning people against this form of cleaning roofs.
Jet washing a roof is the least ideal option as this could disturb or break weak tiles due to the pressure of the power washer but may also damage your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many cow-boy tradesmen who attempt this kind of work, reckon it’s easy money or that it does not need much 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 correct tools and our experience and know-how we can provide for you a roof cleaning service that pleases you without you having to put yourself at unwanted risk.
What are the best ways to have my roof cleaned?
It is best to have your roof cleaning done by a specialised cleaning company. One of the most gentle yet most effective ways to clear away moss on your roof and clean your roof is by employing the scraping approach. Using a 9″ scraper on a dry day will efficiently remove any moss on the roof and there won’t be any scratch marks on the tiles .
As previously stated – using this method there is no damage to the tiles and there is no flood risk, unlike other methods such as pressure washing.
Another effective method is the use of chemicals. Applying a fungicide/moss killer once the moss has been gently removed will absorb into the tile and most importantly into the gaps in the tiles killing off any tiny moss spores, lichen and any other organic growth on the tiles. This step can take some time after the excess moss has initially been removed but again the tiles are unharmed and by adding an application of roof cleaning chemicals this will hinder the moss from growing back for many years making this method the most worthwhile.
How is it done?
We will investigate the roof carefully before beginning any work, to establish the best cleaning method to use depending on your roof. Then we will assess what’s growing there and the best approach to take to dislodge the growth. Next we can start to work on cleansing the roof of organic colonising growths by getting deep into the root system of the moss and destroying the spores. You’ll notice an immediate improvement and continued improvement over time.
Below are some of the local areas we cover
We can cover 40 miles around Newcastle and all nearby towns including:
Some things to consider.
We have already considered some other things to consider that can affect having your roof cleaned. So, look at the following.
- Size of dwelling and the area of its roof.
- How much vegetation is present on the roof.
- Type of roof – for example with a thatched roof, no water is involved.
- How accessible is the roof?
- How high is the roof?
Keeping all of the above in mind, it is not worth risking serious damage to you or dis-repair to your house by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Fill out the quote form or give us a call for your quote, and leave it to us.