Roof Cleaning in Witherwack
Roof Cleaning Witherwack offers a complete roof cleaning service for home and business properties in Witherwack and surrounding areas within a 40 mile radius of Newcastle Upon Tyne. Getting your roof cleaned can be a relatively quick and easy way of improving the appearance of your house, by removing dirt, moss, lichen and anything else that has accumulated up there.
As roofs age and get more porous, they are often invaded by moss and dirt. Keeping the roof clean and void of any moss is often quite difficult for the majority of homeowners and may become a cause for issues.
Would it not be great to have your roof look brand new again?
Why do it?
A really serious build-up of moss, dirt on roof tiles and other organic growth is likely to cause big problems with the roof and the life-span of the tiles will over time be affected too. If you ignore your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will rapidly grow uncontrollably with their roots finding their way into weak spots in the tiles of the roof, steadily widening them over time until cracks appear. Like all plants they need water to live, and when it rains, they’ll behave like a sponge securing as much water as possible. As it works its way through the cracks into your roof it could cause serious and costly damage to the rafters and joists. Lastly you could well find moss that has dislodged and fallen 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, having the roof cleaned is a necessary job for a number of reasons.
For many though cleaning their roof is entirely an aesthetic choice and we don’t blame you for that! Roofs can become very dull because of organic growths like moss and lichen, and this is when a roof cleaning professional is necessary. Roofs are also periodically tarnished and stained by a frequent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the general appearance of your otherwise charming dwelling. By all means, this bacteria growth is completely natural but after all it isn’t nice to see and it can over time damage your roof. Comparing a clean roof and one that hasn’t been cleaned can be night and day. After months and years of watching your roof get dirtier and dirtier wouldn’t it be great to see it looking almost as good as new again?
The next question is, “Is this a straightforward DIY job that I should attempt to do myself?” Let’s look at some evidence to suggest 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 because it usually means working at a height where most of us wouldn’t feel safe and secure. At these heights any kind of fall can result in a very serious wound.
Additionally, lots of people would expect getting your roof cleaned involves pressure washing however it doesn’t need to and here are some reasons why ideally a roof shouldn’t be pressure washed. High pressure cleaning may clear away moss from the roof, but the intense jets of water may damage the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding the loft space and there is a good chance that the moss will just grow back!
Jet washing also affects the longevity of the tiles which could result in more trouble further down the road with the majority of tile manufacturing companies also warning people against this method of roof cleaning.
Power washing your roof is the least ideal option as this in many instances can disrupt or break delicate tiles from the pressure of the power washer but may also ruin your roof when walking on the tiles and disrupting the tiles.
Many rogue tradespeople who do this kind of work, reckon that it is easy money or that it doesn’t take much skill. Is there any truth in that? A service such as this requires a degree of skill and care that we can deliver. Using the appropriate roof access equipment, the correct tools and our skill and understanding we can deliver a roof cleaning service that is worthwhile without you needing 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 specialised cleaning company. One of the kindest yet most effective ways to clear away moss on your roof and clean your roof is by using the scraping method. By using a 9″ scraper on a dry day will easily remove any moss on the 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 manners of roof cleaning such as pressure washing.
One more effective method is the use of chemicals. Utilising a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been scraped off will permeate into the tile but most importantly into the overlaps of the tiles killing off any tiny moss spores, lichen and all other organic growth on the tiles. This procedure can take some time once the excess moss has initially been removed but again the tiles are unharmed and by adding an application of specific chemicals this will prevent the moss from returning for many years making this method the most worthwhile.
What is the process?
We will supervise the roof carefully before beginning any work, to establish the best approach to take depending on your roof. Then we will consider what’s growing there and the how best to clear out the growth. We can then begin to work on cleansing the roof of organic colonising growths by getting right into the moss root system and eliminating the spores. You’ll notice an immediate improvement and continued change as time progresses.
Below are some of the local areas we cover
We can cover 40 miles around Newcastle including all nearby places including:
A few things to think about.
We’ve already looked at some other factors that can affect a roof cleaning service. So, look at the following.
- Size of house and the size of its roof.
- How much vegetation is present on the roof.
- Type of roof – e.g. in the case of a thatched roof, no water is involved.
- Accessibility of the roof.
- Height of the roof.
Keeping the aforementioned points in mind, don’t risk serious injury to you or dis-repair to your house by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Fill out the quote form or call us for your free quote, and leave it to the pros.