How to Remove Moss From a Roof

A little bit of moss growth is inevitable in a humid climate, and small growth isn’t necessarily devastating. Left unchecked, however, moss can be a roof killer. It can degrade the shingles, which can lead to cracks and leaks. It also grows into the shingles, so you can’t just pull it up. Doing so could bring some of your roof off with the moss.

For these reasons, moss needs to be controlled, and when it gets out of control, you need a good way to remove it. Here is how to remove moss from a roof:

The Application of Moss Killer

The first step is to kill the moss. Your local hardware store will have moss killers that can get the job done without posing any risk to your home or business. You can use the moss killer to thoroughly wipe out the moss. However, this is only the first step. It’s not a good idea to let the dead moss remain on the roof.

Removing Dead Moss

Once the moss is dead, you can remove it. Some amount of sweeping, spraying, and extra effort will be part of the process, but it’s always a good idea to clear debris off your roof. This will ensure that your preventative measures at the end are more effective.

Preventing More Moss

You don’t want your roof to immediately have moss again. You can take measures to help prevent new moss growth after you’re done cleaning off the existing moss. Preventing moss largely comes down to controlling moisture and shade.

If possible, removing shade (usually by pruning trees) is a powerful weapon in the fight. When shade can’t be controlled, defensive barriers go a long way. You can use stripping on the ridge of the roof that helps prevent moss from getting a foothold. You may also consider replacing your shingles with ones that are resistant to fungal growth. It’s also a good idea to schedule regular roofing inspections to keep moss and any other potential issues under control. Moss can affect any roof in the DFW area. If you want help getting your roof under control, contact Alpine Roofing Construction. We’ll take a look at your roof and lay out a plan to beat the moss. When we’re done, your roof will be as good as new, and you’ll have our guarantee to back it up. Don’t let moss cause your roof any more trouble. Let us help today

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