Roof Moss Removal
How Does This Happen?
Moss will grow on your roof simply because parts of your roof get little or no sunlight during the day, or your home is located in an area where there is a high degree of humidity in the air and is surrounded by trees that don't allow the sunlight through. Therefore, rain, melting snow, humidity in the air etc. doesn't dry up quickly enough, and moss starts to form. If left untreated, it will continue to grow, and eventually ruin your roof. As time goes on, the moss will start to get underneath the shingles which will cause them to rise slightly. This can lead to water damage inside of the house as well, especially if the house is located in an area that gets snow. As the snow melts and freezes through the course of the winter, the ice will start to migrate up where moss growth has lifted some of the shingles, and will eventually get under those shingles. Once under the shingles, when the ice starts to melt, the water can start running underneath the shingles along the top of the plywood until it finds a seam. Soon, the water will start dripping through the seam and eventually through the ceiling inside the house. Water during a heavy rain can also get up under shingles that have been lifted by moss.
Can I Really Take On This Project Myself?
Proper roof moss removal is a project that most home owners can take on themselves thereby saving a significant amount of money. And it can be accomplished in just two easy steps:
There are a few things to remember as you start your project:
1. The moss needs to be killed in order to make sure it doesn't continue to grow.
2. The moss should be removed after it dies.
3. All care should be taken to make sure that the grit on the top of the shingles is not removed.
4. A zinc strip should be installed to prevent any new moss from growing.
What Am I Going To Need?
In order to tackle your roof moss removal project, there are a few things that you're going to need. Many home owners will already have some of the tools and materials that are going to be needed for this project. Here is a complete list of everything you'll need to complete this job:
- A good roof moss killer
- An extension ladder
- A rubber garden hose
- A stiff bristle push broom
- A paint scrapper or equivalent
- Zinc strips
- A pair of tin snips
- A good clear flexible roofing sealant
- A caulking gun
In today’s economy, most people are trying to save every penny they can. Keeping your roof free from moss will help maximize the life of the roof and avoid costly repairs. If moss is starting to grow on your roof, or you already have moss on your roof, remember, hiring a contractor to take care of your roof moss removal project can cost up to $2000 for an average size house, but for a fraction of that cost, and very little effort, anyone can eliminate roof moss. This site will explain everything you need to know so you’ll be able to tackle your roof moss removal project yourself, and how installing a zinc strip can help make sure the moss doesn't return.