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The Woodlands Roofing: Article About Removing Moss From Your Roof

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Often homeowners who live in warm, humid climates such as Houston notice moss growing on their roofs. These weather conditions, when combined with shade, produce the perfect laboratory to grow these unsightly plants.

Moss, lichen and algae retain water on an affected roof, exposing the shingles and underlayment to lasting water damage. This exposure weakens the roof's structure.

The Woodlands Roofing is experienced at getting rid of moss and can show homeowners how to prevent the problem from recurring.

Unless the problem is quite severe, pressure washing can remove most of the growth. The real trick is to use enough pressure to dislodge the plants but be gentle enough to prevent damage to roof shingles and their coatings.

For a natural solution, the moss can be scrubbed off with a stiff bristled brush. The moss can then be gathered and bundled for disposal. This method requires walking on the roof surface, which may damage the roof or cause a fall.

There are chemical sprays that can be used that will kill the plants within a few days or sometimes weeks. A chemical spray can be purchased at a home improvement store or a homemade version can be used.

A roofing contractor from Brinkmann Quality Roofing Services of The Woodlands TX can answer your questions about residential roofing or roof repairs.

Combining dish soap and vinegar into a bucket and spraying the moss can kill it within a few days.

Reaching the entire roof with sprayers and pressure washers demands adequate ladder and pressure washer reach along with an experienced and steady hand. It is easy to fall from a ladder, especially when moving around. Wet, mossy roofs are extremely slippery and dangerous.

Rather than risk injury, have a professional clean the roof if there is any question of safety.

Once the moss is gone, prevention is key. Sunlight is an effective deterrent. By trimming overhanging branches to allow direct sunlight, the home will not only have less moss, but storm damage from falling branches will be minimized.

Another effective preventive measure is to install metal strips, often made of copper, along the ridgeline of the roof. The moss can't grow on the metal, which allows water to fall swiftly down the roof.

When planning a new roof, use shingles chemically treated to resist moss and algae. Before having a new roof installed, tell your roofer that you have had a past problem with moss on your roof. They can try to minimize the chances of the moss recurring.

If a homeowner sees a green growth on the roof shingles, it means that moss, lichen or algae are present. The sooner the problem is addressed, the longer the roof will last.

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