Can you get your roof cleaned? [ Infographic ]

Posted on 22 June 2023

Are you wondering “Can you get your roof cleaned?” If so, you’re not alone. Many people notice that their roofs start to look worse for wear at some point, gathering debris such as leaves as well as developing moss and algae growth. The good news is that our roofers carry out roof cleaning at a highly competitive price. Read on to find out more about roof cleaning services. Can you get your roof cleaned

What does roof cleaning involve?

There are a few possible methods for cleaning your roof, although some are more effective than others. These include:

Manual scrapingRoof pointing in Grimsby

Manually scraping a roof is one way to remove dirt, moss and algae effectively. You can do this using a stiff brush and a trowel. You should remove each of the roof tiles individually before scraping the moss away. Don’t forget to include the areas along the ridges and the grooves. If any stubborn bits remain once you’ve scraped the roof, simply give the tiles a good brush down.

Soft washing 

Regularly soft washing your roof can help to keep it clean without causing it damage. Whilst pressure washing can be too harsh for some roofs, soft washing is a much gentler method since it uses a lower pressure. Soft washing runs water directly through a pump and hose with minimal pressurization. You can apply treatments to kill moss and algae when soft washing a roof, killing them effectively without the need for harsh pressure washing. 

Steam cleaning

One option for cleaning your roof is to carry out steam cleaning. A very effective roof cleaning method, it’s also completely safe for many roofing materials, including tiles and shingles. Steam cleaning should be performed under low pressure, with a flow rate of around 6-10 litres per minute and at approximately 14 degrees. As long as you carry it out in the correct manner, you can expect it to leave your roof looking incredibly clean. 

Biocidal roof wash

Many roofing companies will opt to apply a biocidal wash when cleaning your roof. This concentrated biocide works to kill the invisible roots and spores which have become embedded in the surface of a roof, helping to prevent its re-growth. When used annually, it can stop moss from building up to such a level that it can damage a roof. Before applying the roof wash, carry out manual scaping of the roof. 

Can a pressure washer clean a roof?

Some people use a pressure washer to clean a roof, however, it’s not usually a good idea. This is because the pressure can be too powerful for some roofs, potentially damaging tiles and resulting in water getting through any small cracks. Naturally, this can lead to water damage occurring in your home. Whilst pressure washing can seem like a low-cost way to clean your roof, it’s best to consider the alternatives first.

Why get your roof cleaned?

You might be wondering if roof cleaning is really necessary. After all, if it’s difficult to see it, does it really matter if it’s dirty or not? However, keeping your roof clean really is essential, especially if you want to keep it in good condition and extend its lifespan. Cleaning your roof is about much more than maintaining its appearance. If you don’t perform roof cleaning regularly, it will gradually start to deteriorate, ensuring it needs replacing faster. Roof cleaning can help prevent the need for an expensive roof replacement in the near future. 

Algae, mould, and moss on your roof can lead to rot, which can eventually result in leaks occurring. Water can find its way into your home, putting your personal property at risk. Whilst your roof’s job is to be exposed to the elements around the clock, it still needs regular maintenance to keep it working effectively over time.

How often should a roof be cleaned? 

At Raven Roofing, we generally recommend cleaning your roof annually. Generally, we recommend professional roof cleaning once a year, ideally during the summer months. The dry weather and longer periods of daylight make it safer for workers than in the wintertime. Although a yearly clean is ideal, it may only be necessary every two years if the roof is fairly new or you’re confident it’s in good condition. 

Gutter Cleaning in GrimsbyRoofers in Grimsby 

Now you know that the answer to the question “Can you get your roof cleaned?” is yes, you may be interested in hiring our services. At Raven Roofing and Repairs, we are the leading roofing company in the area. Our experienced roofers in Grimsby can clean roofs of all types to the highest standards. We use the best, most effective methods to clean domestic and commercial roofs, ensuring exceptional results every time. 

Book a roof survey and inspection

If you’re not sure if your roof could benefit from professional cleaning, we recommend booking a roof survey. When we carry out the survey, we’ll take a closer inspection of your roof, assessing its condition carefully. If we notice large amounts of moss and algae or a build-up of debris such as leaves or twigs, it’s likely that your roof needs cleaning. A roof survey also allows us to identify any damage such as leaks, standing water and damaged flashing or gutters. Addressing any issues early on can prevent them from becoming bigger problems down the line, helping to save you money. 

Contact us

“Can you get your roof cleaned?” is one of the most common questions we get asked here at Raven Roofing. To hire our experienced roofers in Grimsby, get in touch today. You can reach our team by phoning 01472 565 084 or by sending us a message via our website. We’re on hand to carry out a detailed roof survey and inspection. 

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Shawn Bosworth
Chris and his apprentice were brilliant! Came out in the miserable rain and made my roof water tight again. I had several quotes from other roofers, cowboys trying to milk my desperation for silly money. Chris was honest, fair and reasonably priced. Highly recommended, thanks!
mark appleby
Extremely Happy with Job!Chris, Quickly assessed the roof and gave options on what could be done.Once Date Agreed, delivered on time with a very professional looking job. Job was in Feb and Chris and Team went out of their way to get the job done even though weather was bad at end of week. They left Work area very clean. Highly reccomend them!
Bev Barley
Thanks for doing a first class job would highly recommend Chris for a job well done
Robert Meadows
Mike Downs
Fantastic, would recommend to anyone who needs roof work. Polite, helpful and super fast. Thanks so much.
Lisa McMahon
Had a leak from my roof. Chris came out the same day althoughthe weather wasn't good. He surveyed the roof and found the problem immediately (a tile had slipped), took photo's before and after replacing the slipped tile. I asked how much I owed him - he said there was NO charge as it was a quick repair. What a lovely, kind, genuine guy! Would highly recommended him and his company.
Roland Packer
We recently had the roof on our extension replaced by raven roofing. Chris and his young helper couldn't have been more helpful. Work done to a very high standard. Quote honoured to the penny. Genuinely nice people and a real pleasure to do business with. Will definitely call them for the services they offer, when needed.
Michelle Packer
Can’t recommend this company enough. Did a great job on our roof , very friendly team , punctual, good quality work and good value for money . Many thanks
Carol Howden
Very friendly team and carried out a great job. Arrived and just got on with the job. Looks great
andrew engeham
Competitive price and excellent workmanship.Highly recommended.
Keith Brown
Great company great service
John Hornsby
Came on time very Satisfied with wat was done. Will be using them again if needed
Omer Khalifa
renegade jokerrr
Fantastic service! Nice and friendly guys! Very quick work! Great customer service! If I need any repairs in the future i will use Raven again.
Margaret Dabb
After being let down by another firm i rang Chris in desperation. Within an hour he arrived, looked at work, discussed, priced and booked a date. Arrived on time, everything ran like clockwork even in the awful heat they had to work through. Very well organised, very tidy, would have no hesitation in recommending his work. Many thanks
Zoe Gibbons
Can’t recommend Chris and his team more, they were all friendly, polite and efficient and left my patio tidier than it was before! Nothing was too much trouble and good quality work and price. I’d definitely recommend Raven Roofing to all my friends and family.
Alan Grosschmidt
Would Recommend Raven Roofing.We had new gutters and facias fitted all round the house.We were really pleased with the completed job.I did point out a minor oversight, which Chris promptly dealt with.The quote for the job was very competitive and I doubt you could get it done cheaper.So deserves 5 Stars.
Andrea Goforth
Was very happy with the prompt, professional, and friendly service provided by this company . They were so quick to help me out and repair a badly storm damaged roof. It is such a joy to have a service provider come when they say they will! Reasonable price and good quality workmanship too . Thank you, Raven Roofing .
We had the tiles down the gulley re-bedded.Very professional and cleaned up afterwards. Really friendly and very kind guy and we will definitely be using Raven Roofing again in the new year to do our guttering! Thanks Chris 👍🏻
Mike Prior
they repaired a dislodged tile free of charge. Just asked To be remembered for other works and telling my friends
Sally Melton
Had a skylight fitted. Excellent service, fitted my job in even though extremely busy. Was absolutely delighted the attention to detail was perfect. Made sure everything was tidied up and taken away. Thank you again. Would highly recommend.
Ali Wickham
Peter Hogarth
These guys did a great job repointing my roof gulleys
Pamela Blow
Samantha Blow
Excellent service, I would highly recommend :)
Derek Coates
Chris promptly repaired the front guttering which is now ok.
Lee Popham
Rang raven to come and fix my roof after last months storm, came next day and repaired, very happy with service and price, will definitely use again.
Mark Barnard
Very good reliable service all work guaranteed
kevin langley
When we needed urgent roof repairs, Raven Roofing & Repairs came to the rescue. Great quality work undertaken by true professionals.
Steve Nowell
I recently had repairs done to my roof. The response and service were excellent, nothing was too much trouble and the work carried out effectively and efficiently
Kelly Brewer
Excellent service, recently had repairs carried out on my house roof, Chris was really friendly, work carried out to a great standard at a great price 🙂
We have used Raven Roofing several times for small repairs as we didn't want to go to the expense of a new roof, but recent torrential rain forced us to accept we needed a new roof. We were dreading the bill but Raven Roofing were very reasonable (not sure if I'm allowed to say how much).The scaffolding arrived and was put up promptly, Raven Roofing arriving a couple of days later to start work, the only delays were due to bad weather and Raven Roofing contacted us to let us know about any delays which we really liked, usually builders don't bother. Raven roofing were polite, friendly and courteous at all times.Out roof was completely stripped and replaced in a week, all rubbish was removed and the gardens left looking tidy.The roof itself looks fantastic...we are very very pleased and highly recommend Raven Roofing.