It’s an age-old problem that almost all homeowners have to face at some point: Moss growing on the roof. Moss might seem like just an eyesore that you’d rather not look at, but it can actually be incredibly detrimental to the integrity of your roof. Because moss holds water, it can damage your roof shingles, causing them to crack and pull apart. The result is a rotting roof and leaks that are a nuisance to deal with. Moss can also grow on the edge of your roof, prying your shingles apart. So, what should you do if there’s unsightly moss growing all over your roof?
Cleaning Off the Moss
Using a cleaning solution that is half water and half chlorine bleach, spray down your roof and allow this solution to sit on your roof for at least 15 minutes. Then, rinse off the solution with water. After a few of these treatments, the moss should loosen enough to be blown off, either with a sprayer or a leaf blower. Since you’re using bleach to clean your roof, take a few precautionary measures—shield the surrounding landscaping and wear protective clothing.
How to Keep Moss off Your Roof
Once you have effectively cleaned the moss off your roof, make sure it stays away by:
- Trimming any trees that are hanging over your roof to ensure your roof gets plenty of sunlight
- Keeping your gutters clean so that backed-up water isn’t draining onto your roof
- Clearing off any debris on your roof by regularly using a leaf blower
Roof Replacement Services From Byers
If you’ve discovered moss on your roof and the damage is too far gone, turn to Byers for a total roof replacement. We install Owens Corning® roofs that feature the innovative StreakGuard™ Algae Resistance Protection. With this technology, you can be assured of a roof that will look great and resist algae and moss growth for decades.
Learn more about our roofs and installation services by contacting Byers today.