Posted on 21 April 2023

Over time, you can expect your roof to become dirty. Harsh weather, natural debris and a build-up of algae and moss can leave it looking less than its best. Whilst natural rainfall can help to wash off most dirt, regular cleaning is necessary as well. Read on to find out how to clean your roof. 

Tips for cleaning your roof

When it comes to cleaning your home, your first thought might not be to get up on the roof and start scrubbing. However, keeping your roof clean really is essential, not just for maintaining the appearance of your home, but for keeping it in good condition and extending its longevity. Without regular cleaning your roof can begin to deteriorate, which means it will need replacing more quickly. Keep reading to learn how to clean your roof effectively. 

Perform manual scraping Gutter Cleaning in Grimsby

Manually scraping the roof tiles can allow you to remove the moss, algae and dirt effectively. You can do this using a stiff long-handled brush and a trowel. Starting at the top of the roof, you’ll need to remove each tile individually before scraping the moss away, including along the ridges and grooves. Brush the tiles afterwards in order to remove the stubborn bits. Scrape the moss and other debris into a bucket to allow you to correctly dispose of it. You can simply throw moss into a bin since there are no specific requirements for disposal. 

Avoid pressure washing your roof 

Whilst some people do choose to pressure wash their roofs, it’s not advisable. Not only is it ineffective for getting rid of some types of dirt such as algae and lichen spores but it can also cause serious damage to your roof. A pressure washer is a very powerful tool that can damage the tiles, as well as cause water to enter through any small holes or cracks in the roof, causing water damage in your home. Whilst pressure washing may be a cheap option for cleaning your roof, it’s not the best one. 

Carry out soft washing 

Whilst pressure washing tends to be too harsh for most roofs, soft washing can be a more effective method. Soft washing uses a much lower amount of pressure, reducing the risk of damage occurring to the roof. Treatments are also applied to kill moss, algae, and lichens which may have seeped into the organic growths, killing them from within without requiring the force of a powerful pressure washer to remove them. Soft washing your roof will achieve a perfectly uniform clean, with the results visible on the very same day as the procedure is carried out. The results of soft washing your roof last much longer than pressure washing too, ensuring that it will stay in better condition for longer. 

Steam cleaning

Steam cleaning is a good option for certain types of roofs. Not only is it completely safe for roof tiles and shingles but it is one of the most effective methods for roof cleaning out there. You need to carry out steam cleaning gently under very low pressure. The flow rate should be between 6-10 litres per minute at around 14 degrees. Steam cleaning can achieve a fantastic finish for your roof, leaving it beautifully clean. 

Apply biocidal roof wash

One of the most popular roof cleaning methods is applying a biocidal wash. This is a concentrated biocide designed to deeply penetrate the external substrate to achieve the quick and efficient removal of moss, algae, and lichen. Manual scraping off the roof followed by applying a biocidal roof wash provides a gentle and long-lasting solution to cleaning your roof. The biocide will kill any remaining living organisms on the roof, including moss spores and lichen. With all the surface dirt lifted too, you can expect your roof tiles to be returned to close to their original colour once again. 

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Call in a professional roofing contractor

One of the biggest tips for cleaning your roof is to hire a local roofing contractor to do the work. It is possible for you to clean your roof yourself. However, the job will be carried out more safely and to a higher standard if you call in the experts. Not only could you injure yourself trying to clean your roof but you could cause damage to your property too, which could be very costly to fix. At Raven Roofing and Repairs, we’re on hand to clean your domestic roofing in Grimsby. 

How often should you clean your roof?

Generally, we recommend getting your roof professionally cleaned once a year. Annual cleaning not only keeps your roof looking its best but it allows you to identify problems early before they can get worse. Having said this, if your roof was recently installed or you’re pretty confident it’s in good shape, roof cleaning may only need to be carried out every two years or so. 

Cleaning for domestic roofing in Grimsby 

If you’re looking for cleaning for domestic roofing in Grimsby, look no further than Raven Roofing and Repairs. We can clean roofs of all types, using the best methods to remove all manner of dirt and grime effectively. Our prices are some of the most competitive in the area too, which means you can get your roof cleaned without paying a small fortune. Cleaning your roof regularly is an investment worth making. 

Contact us

At Raven Roofing, we know how to clean your roof to a very high standard. To arrange cleaning of your domestic roofing in Grimsby, call us on 01472 565 084. Alternatively, send us a message via our website. We will get back to you as quickly as we can with the answers to your questions. 

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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.