Roofs are an essential part of our homes, sheltering us from the elements while protecting the structure and our belongings inside. But how much thought do we give to their maintenance?
If we're honest, it's usually when something goes wrong and we're forced to take action!
Unfortunately, very few people in Longbenton think about having their roofs cleaned until it's too late. But when roof cleaning becomes part of your regular maintenance routine, it can extend its life and greatly enhance the appearance of your Longbenton property.
One of the main culprits is moss growth, but there are others to watch out for.
Over the years, dirt, debris, leaves, twigs, seeds and moss spores are deposited by birds, wind and rain. These accumulate on roof tiles and form an ideal environment for organic growth. Algae, lichen and moss spores grow and thrive, and before long there's a thick carpet of green organic matter forming on the tiles.
Shaded areas are usually the worst affected as they don't get as much sunlight and the moist conditions are ideal for the spores to thrive in. However, the entire roof can be susceptible, especially in locations with heavy annual rainfall.
Urban and environmental pollution also play a part, and if there are trees close to your home, you're more likely to have seeds, leaves and twigs deposited frequently on your roof space.
After you make initial contact, we will arrange a site inspection to establish exactly what is required and to check the soundness of your roof.
Of course, this is probably the most important question for homeowners in Longbenton, particularly in these times of financial uncertainty and rising prices.
Again, the total price of a roof cleaning project will vary according to the size of the roof, the amount of work required and the method involved. Scaffolding and other specialist equipment, if needed, will add to the overall cost. It also depends on precisely what you ask us to do: basic roof moss removal will be cheaper than soft washing or steam cleaning, for example.
The fact is, the cost could be as low as £8 per square metre, or up to around £20 per square metre. Our best advice is to get in touch with RenWash to discuss exactly which roof cleaning service you require.
When we have the correct dimensions, along with an idea of the state of your roof, we will be able to provide an accurate costing.
In our view, the roof cleaning cost should be viewed as an investment: you will not only have a spotlessly clean roof, but the cleaning process will help to prolong its life and protect your home against the elements for longer. You will avoid the need for roof repairs for much longer, saving yourself a fair amount of cash in the long term.
By all means, if you have all the right equipment and can do the job safely!
However, working at height carries significant risks, especially when handling certain types of cleaning tools and equipment. Pressure washing while on a ladder or rooftop is particularly hazardous, as the machine exerts a force that could knock the user off balance.
You'll also need to understand that not all roof types are cleaned the same way - using the wrong method may damage the roofing material.
In most cases, it's advisable to use professional roof cleaners. We have the knowledge, experience, training and equipment to get the job done safely and efficiently. We are also fully insured and trained in the use of equipment for working at height, such as scaffolding, ladders, MEWPS (Mobile Elevating Working Platforms) and rope access methods (abseiling).
Whichever roof cleaning company you use, always check that they have Public Liability Insurance and they are trained and licensed to use this specialist equipment.
We recommend having your roof cleaned every 2-5 years as a roof cleaning service provider, depending on the condition of your roof and the surrounding environment.
We can clean asphalt shingles, clay and concrete tiles, metal roofing, and flat roof systems, among other materials.
Yes, we can clean moss and algae off your roof. To effectively remove these types of growths from your roof, we use a combination of pressure washing, chemical treatments, and manual scrubbing.
If any damage is discovered during the cleaning process, we will notify you and provide a quote for the necessary repairs. We do not, however, offer repair services.