How to tackle moss on your roofing system?
Moss. What is it even? Tiny flowerless plants that usually dwell in thick green clusters or mats in shady and damp places. Many types of moss exist, and while most of them look quite pretty and calm, the moment you spot them on your roof, your only thought is how to get rid of them?
After you spot them for the first time on your rooftop, your only goal is doing everything you can to remove them effectively and momentarily. Steps to remove moss are very easy and straightforward. The first step is to kill the plant, after that you carefully zone it out and extract the plant, and finally, you take a few cautionary steps to keep it from growing in the near future. So here a few steps from your local roofing contractor on how to kill moss on your roofing system.
Why moss needs to go?
When moss starts to form, it can lead to some major rooftop problems. As it grows and blossoms, it slowly starts to crawl beneath the shingles, moving them in the process. If that happens, water can easily get beneath your shingles in the event of rain, while high and strong winds can tear your shingles and pull them off your roof. As water enters your house, it can lead to roof decay and eventually a simple roof leak can become expensive to fix.
Moss can cause even more damage, it can attract insects and form debris on your roof and gutters, moss can devastate your roof shingles causing them to crumble and crack.
Few easy pieces of advice on how to get rid of Moss
Brush it away
With a long handled brush, you can easily remove moss from your rooftop. Use the brush to remove the moss segments from the rooftop and then push them down. Don’t apply too much force when using the brush since you might cause damage to your roofing system. After removing moss, you should put specialty moss cleanser on; just make sure to use it carefully and responsibly.
Spray with mixture of salt and hot water
If you are looking for a more natural solution to your problem, then you should get sea salt and mix it with hot water and then apply it on your roof. Use a pump spray to apply the mixture and allow it to soak for 20 or so minutes. In case there is still some moss left, repeat the procedure a couple more times.
Bleach and commercial weed killer
Get a hold of products that contain bleach and use them as instructed on the package. Bleach isn’t harmful to metal, so you can use them on metal roofing materials. But some bleach products can cause discoloration. Bleach should be applied once a year for the best result.
A simple store-bought weed killer can be used for rooftop moss. If you decide to go for this option, make sure to pick eco-friendly options, since it will be carried off with rainwater, and you don’t want to have toxic byproducts in your ground and home.
There are a few things you should never do, try avoiding using pressure washing because it can force water underneath your shingles or tiles. Be careful when using chemicals, so that they aren’t harmful to your garden and home. If you still aren’t sure how to effectively deal with moss on your roof and gutters, don’t hesitate to contact your local Denton, TX roofing experts Reilly Roofing & Gutters from Denton, TX to help you.