Roof cleaning cost guide in the Midlands

Blog | 01 Feb 2024 | 5 min read

In this guide, we'll look at the average roof cleaning cost for different building sizes, including moss removal and other roof maintenance.

Roof cleaning is an essential part of property maintenance. A moss covered roof detracts from the appearance of your property. If left untreated, a dirty roof can cause other problems, such as structural damage to the roof or damp inside the building.

How much does roof cleaning cost?

The cost of roof cleaning varies depending on a variety of factors. The price can be affected by the type of roof, how easy it is to access, and how much moss and dirt is built-up.

Before giving you a price we need to visually assess the roof, to identify the amount of build up on the roof. We also undertake a risk assessment to ensure we can work safely. We can do this in person with a site visit, or you can send us photos of the roof.

Get a roof cleaning quote

Not all roofs are the same. There are many different factors that can make roof cleaning prices vary. When we visit a property to quote we assess the following factors before we can provide a price:

  1. Does the roof need repairs before cleaning?
  2. Has the roof got a heavy build up of moss and debris?
  3. What type of roof is it?
  4. How easy is the roof to access?
  5. How many storeys does the building have?

Read our guide to find out how you can check to see if your roof needs cleaning.

Why choose Tip Top Exteriors for roof cleaning in Halesowen

  • Experts trained in all forms external cleaning and repair, both from ground and at height.
  • All detergents and solvents used are eco-friendly and non-harmful to pets, plant life, and children. 
  • Full public liability insurance
    — up to £2,000,000
  • We always use the right tool for the job, even if it means using good, old-fashioned elbow grease.

Roof cleaning techniques

There are a number of different cleaning methods used to clean roofs. It's important to use the right tool for the job, to avoid causing damage to the roof. Choosing the correct method will lengthen the life of the roof and save you money.

Pressure washing

Pressure washing or power washing involves using a machine that blasts grime away with a highly pressurised water spray. We don't recommend pressure washing a roof. Applying too much pressure can lift, and cause damage to roof tiles.

Hand scraping

An alternative to is hand scrape and brush. This technique is carried out from ladders, and as the name implies, it is effectivley hand cleaning the roof tiles. Clumps of moss are scraped away with a specialist scraping tool or with a stiff brush. Hand scraping is usually combined with a chemical biocide treatment (soft washing) to prevent the moss and lichen growing back.

Soft washing

Soft washing is a roof cleaning method that uses a low pressure washing technique. A soft wash begins by applying a mixture made up of deturgents, bleach, algaecide and water. This gentle process works to dissolve thick dirt, grime, and other debris. The liquid solution will work its way into all the grooves and unreachable areas of the roof, killing moss and the bacteria that causes it. The chemicals are usually left overnight to work, before being gently rinses off with a low pressure water pipe.

At Tip Top Exteriors, we use a combination of hand scraping, followed by an eco-friendly biocide soft washing treatment. This allows us to take extra care when removing debris, ensuring we don't cause any damage and spot any areas in need of repair. Finishing with a biocide means we can guarantee your roof will remain moss free for years.

Roof cleaning FAQs

What time of year should a roof be cleaned?

Roofs can be cleaned all year round, but its important to prepare for changes in weather such as heavy rainfall or hight winds. Poor weather conditions can make working at height dangerous.

Prevention is always better than cure, so maintaining the roof before the onset of wet weather will stop costly water damage to the property.

How long will a clean roof last?

After cleaning your roof should stay clean for up to 5 years. The roof may need cleaning more regularly, depending on the environment. A property surrounded by trees will be subject to a faster build up of leaves and other debris.

Can I clean the roof myself?

Roof cleaning is not a quick or easy task. There are a lot of things to consider before cleaning can begin. We advise you get your roof cleaned by an experienced roof cleaning contractor. Using the wrong cleaning chemicals, or technique could result in further damage to the roof.

Our team is trained and insured in all forms of external cleaning and repair, and working safely from both ground and at height.

What our customers say


“Straightforward and easy to deal with from quotation to completion. Very pleased following clearance of a lot of moss from our roof, gutters cleaned and window sills and patio washed. ”

- David D.

“We had the moss removed and treated on our roof. Really nice work, the lads were on time and professional throughout. Explained the process, and did a really nice job. Would highly recommend. ”

- Luke H.

“They responded quickly to my inquiry, gave a good price, arrived on time, were friendly, polite and worked hard completing the task. Very pleased with the end result, roof looks great and the fascia and windows were cleaned too. ”

- Kate K.

Local roof cleaning company

Tip Top Exteriors are based in Halesowen and have been cleaning roofs in the surrounding areas for years. Areas we cover include:

Birmingham, Solihull, Sutton Coldfield, Wolverhampton, Kidderminster, Worcester, Stourbridge.

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