Tips To Get The Moss Off Your Roof

In wet climates, moss can grow just about anywhere—from shingles to sidewalks, and even on rooftops. Unfortunately, moss can also trap in moisture and contribute to roof rot and other problems. If you live in a moist climate, removing moss from the roof may be something you'll have to deal with from time to time. These tips will help you get the moss off your roof, and keep it off for good.

Moss Removal Process

Before you can remove moss from your roof, you'll need to gather your materials. This chore requires a long-handled, stiff-bristled brush and a bucket containing equal parts bleach and warm water.

Start scrubbing from the top. Use the long-handled stiff-bristled brush to remove the moss from your roof. Stand at the top of the roof ridge with your feet firmly planted on either side of the roof, and use the brush to push moss off of the roof's surface and down to the ground below.

Rinse. Dip your brush into the bleach and water mixture, then use the brush to wipe away any remaining moss on the shingles. Finally, use the hose to rinse off the shingles with a powerful spray of water. Don't use a pressure washer for this task, as you could end up blowing shingles off of your roof.

Tip: You can use standard chlorinated bleach for this chore, but if you do, remember to cover the brush below with a tarp to prevent it from absorbing the chemical.

Prevention

Removing moss from the roof can become a constant chore if you're living in a wet climate. You can make your job easier by making conditions less favorable for moss. To do this, increase the amount of sun exposure on your roof. Clear away any overhanging branches so that your roof gets full exposure to sunlight. If sticks, leaves and branches fall on your roof over the course of a season, clear it off before it can trap moisture on the roof.

When you're ready to replace the roof on your house, picking a metal roofing material will help because moss can't stick to its surface. Metal roofs will last for 50 years or even longer, and are an extremely durable, practical choice in wet climates.

For more information about the best ways to prevent moss from growing on your roof, or for more information about metal roofing materials, speak with a professional.

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