Roof Cleaning in Whickham
Roof Cleaning Whickham provides a full roof cleaning service for residential and business properties in Whickham and surrounding areas within a 40 mile radius of Newcastle Upon Tyne. Roof cleaning can be a speedy way to improve the look of your house, by getting rid of moss and more that has built up there.
As a roof ages and get more porous, they are gradually affected by algae, moss and dirt. Keeping your roof clean and free of moss can be challenging for most owners and can become a source of problems.
Wouldn’t it be great to have your roof looking like new again?
Why do it?
A large build-up of dirt, moss on your roof and other organic growth is likely to cause you major issues with your roof and the life expectancy of the tiles will over time be compromised too. If you ignore your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will quickly grow out of control with their roots finding their way into weaknesses in the tiles of the roof, steadily widening them over the course of time until cracks emerge. Like all living organisms they need water to thrive, and once it has rained, they’ll act like a sponge securing as much water as they can. As it finds its way in the cracks within your roof it might well cause serious and costly deterioration to the rafters and joists. Also you could well discover moss that has come loose and fallen down the roof ending up in your gutter which can result in overflowing rainwater from your gutter which damages and soaks into your fascia boards. In conclusion, having a roof cleaned is a required job for a number of reasons.
For a lot of people though getting their roof cleaned is purely an aesthetic preference and we don’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very unattractive because of organic growths like moss and lichen, and at that point a roof cleaning professional is needed. Roofs are also often discoloured and stained by a prevalent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the general appearance of your otherwise stunning home. By all means, this bacteria growth is not unusual however it isn’t nice to see 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 years of observing your roof get progressively dirtier wouldn’t it be brilliant to see it looking as good as new again?
Maybe you’re wondering, “Is this a easy DIY job that I should have a go at doing myself?” Let’s consider some evidence to suggest what the best possible solution is here.
Should I do this alone?
The biggest reason why most people haven’t attempted to clean their own roof is since it usually means working at a height where many of us wouldn’t feel safe and secure. At these heights any type of fall can lead to a very serious wound.
Plus, many would assume having your roof cleaned requires pressure washing but it doesn’t have to and here are some reasons why in most circumstances a roof should not be pressure washed. Jet washing may remove moss from the roof, but the intense jets of water may damage the tiles or other roof fittings, risk flooding the loft space and it’s more than likely that the moss will quickly grow back!
High pressure washing additionally affects the longevity of the tiles which could result in more issues further down the road with most tile manufacturing businesses also cautioning people against this method of roof cleaning.
Power washing a roof is the least ideal option as this could disturb or break frail tiles from the pressure of the power washer but could also damage your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many rogue companies who carry out this kind of work, reckon that it is easy money and that it does not require much skill. How wrong can they be A job like this requires a degree of skill and attention that we can provide. Using the appropriate roof access equipment, the correct tools and our skill and understanding we can provide for you a roof cleaning service that is worthwhile without you needing to put yourself at needless risk.
Which are the best ways to clean my roof?
It is best to have your roof cleaning done by a company that specialises in this area. One of the most gentle yet most beneficial ways to get rid of roof moss and clean the roof is by employing the scraping approach. By using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will easily flake off any moss on your roof and there won’t be any scratch marks on the tiles .
Don’t forget – with this approach there is no damage to the tiles and there is no flood risk, unlike other roof cleaning methods such as pressure washing.
Another effective method is the use of chemicals. Using 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 targeting any lichen, tiny moss spores and any other organic growth on the tiles. This roof cleaning process can take some time after 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 bespoke chemicals this will impede the moss from growing back for many years making this the best method.
How is it done?
We will inspect your roof attentively before commencing any work, to identify the best course of action depending on your roof. Then we will look at what’s growing there and the best way 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 eliminating the spores. You’ll notice an instant improvement and continued improvement as time progresses.
Here are a few of the places we cover
We can cover a radius 40 miles from Newcastle and all nearby places including:
A few things to consider.
We have already considered some other things to consider that can affect a roof cleaning service. So, consider just a few more.
- Size of dwelling and the size of its roof.
- The level of vegetation that is growing on the roof.
- Type of roof – for example with a thatched roof, no water is used.
- How accessible is the roof?
- How high is the roof?
Keeping everything we have just mentioned in mind, it is not worth risking serious injury to you or damage to your home by attempting a DIY roof clean. Fill in the quote form or call us for your quote, and leave it to the pros.