The back of our house has a good covering of ivy, up to the roof, which I think looks great - suits the age and colour of the house, I like it. Problem is, I have no roof access through a skylight or similar, and my house is quite tall - the roof eaves must be the best part of thirty feet up. Even if I had a ladder that big I wouldn’t fancy getting up there with the secateurs.
So how much damage does unchecked ivy do to roofs, brick pointing etc? I’m OK in principle paying a professional to get up there and keep it in trim, but experience tells me that getting roofers out for small jobs is a right ballache in my area, plus the job might need scaffolding to do right, plus the ivy grows fast etc etc.
Is the lack of easy roof access going to cause more trouble than the ivy is worth, or am I overplaying it and it will just gently lie over the roof and brickwork without causing real damage?