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Roof Moss: To Remove, or Not To Remove?

By Edited Jun 15, 2015 0 0

Can’t decide if getting rid of the moss on your roof is worth it? Read on and decide once and for all before they really weigh your house down!

Are your floors mopped? Windows all washed? Furniture dusted? Good. Now, how’s your roof doing?

If you haven’t checked it in a while, now might be a pretty good time to. With all the cold and wet weather that’s swept through your roof, the likelihood that you’re growing a carpet of moss over your head is pretty big. But for most of us it’s not really a question of whether they’re there or not, it’s- what do you do with it?

There are plenty of means and ways of getting rid of moss on your roof nowadays, but before you worry your pretty little head over it, the truth is that a little moss can’t actually do that much harm. So if you’re dealing with small clumps here and there, it’s nothing to be too concerned about, unless you’d prefer your roof to look spotless.

What moss does though, is hold water, and that is what can possibly cause damage. The weight of the moss and the water it holds can cause a bit of a strain in itself, but the real problem comes during the cold winter months when the water freezes up. As it freezes it expands and can cause some roof tiles to crack and wear down easily. Another potential problem roof moss can cause is clogging up your gutters and drains.

So if you’re dealing with a minor moss problem, it’s really no problem at all, at least, not yet. But once they grow to be a miniature rooftop forest, then you’ve got to start cleaning up that roof before any damage is caused.

Cleaning up roof moss is actually pretty simple, but can be a bit dangerous since it requires someone to actually stay on top of the roof. For those of you who don’t want to risk breaking your neck over it, there are quite a number of companies willing to do it for you, but better compare prices and feedback from customers first to get the best out of your budget. For those do-it-yourself types, there are several easy ways to clean up your roof, and one of the cheaper ways would just be to remove the moss manually by using a short, hard-bristle brush. A pressure washer may be used too, but only if you can gain access to the very top of the roof so the direction of the pressure jet goes along with the direction of the tiles. You can also use chemical moss removers but be sure to test it on a small, hidden area of your roof first. Or, better yet, choose the moss removers that are organic, non-caustic and non-acidic. Afterwards, simply follow the instructions for its use. Further moss attacks can also be prevented by putting zinc strips or copper ridges on top of your roof, as these release chemicals that can inhibit moss growth. Also, make sure that your roof gets a lot of sunlight, as moss usually thrives in dark, damp conditions.

Whatever you choose to do, better do it now, and be sure you know what you’re doing!

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