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Roofing Maintenance 101: 5 Easy Tips For Dealing With Moss

by Donald Evans

Moss might look pretty on your roof, but it is hardly healthy for it. Moss is among the most common causes for roof repair and replacement. Over time, the moisture in the moss buildup can cause serious damage to your shingles. Luckily, you can easily treat and prevent moss.

So how do you deal with fuzzy, green moss on the roof? Here are five tips:

1. Use a Power Washer

One of the easiest ways to eliminate moss growing on your roof is to use a power washer. Designed to emit a powerful stream of water, this handy tool can blast away the mold. However, the high powered stream of water can also damage shingles. So if you do use a power washer, ensure that you are spraying the water down the shingles. This will help prevent damage such as lifting shingles.

Additionally, make sure you use the power washer on a warm and sunny day. Since water encourages moss growth, you'll want to ensure that the water evaporates quickly. Otherwise, you might soon have a moss problem again.

2. Get Help From Chemicals

For heavier infestations of moss, consider using chemicals. There are a variety of chemicals on the market that will not only eliminate moss, but prevent it too. Even better, most chemical cleansers offer stain removal as well. Follow the directions on the cleanser you purchase to achieve the desired results.

3. Get Physical

If water and chemicals just aren't cutting it, consider getting physical. A long-handled scrub brush is a great tool for removing stubborn or particularly thick moss. However, scrubbing too hard can cause damage to your roof so be careful. Work slowly and scrub with a light hand to ensure you don't cause any rips, tears, or damage to the shingles. Additionally, make sure you have a friend or family member nearby to ensure your safety up on the roof.

4. Remove Trees

If you want to prevent moss from growing on your roof, consider removing trees or tree branches that hang over your roof. Since moss needs moisture and overcast conditions to grow, removing plants and trees that grow near your home can help. Just make sure you hire a professional, as removing trees can be dangerous.

5. Utilize Copper or Zinc

Finally, consider utilizing copper or zinc to prevent moss long-term. Zinc or copper strips can be installed along your roof to prevent moss growth. Although it might sound odd, these strips are incredibly effective. When it rains –or when there is moisture in the air-- the zinc or copper strips shed tiny particles of metal. These metal particles prevent organic growth, which eliminates the possibility for moss.

While dealing with moss might seem difficult, it doesn't have to be. You can easily eliminate any problems related to moss by following these tips. As always, if you have any questions or concerns, contact a local residential roofing contractor. For more information, contact a business such as Mid-Miami Roofing, Inc.