Do You Have Moss on Your Roof?

Guardian Moss on Roof
April 29, 2021 at 6:00 a.m.

By Guardian Home Services

Everything you need to know about moss growth on roofs and what to do if you notice some on yours.  

While moss or algae on the roof can cause stains and pre-mature deterioration, in most cases your roof does not need to be replaced. More commonly, your roof will need a thorough cleaning that will restore it to its original and healthy condition. If a roofing contractor informs you that you do need an entire new roof just because of moss, we sincerely suggest you contact Guardian Roofing online for more accurate information.  

Why is it important to keep your roof moss-free? 

If your roof is not kept clean and well-maintained, roof moss and algae can shave years off the life of your roof. It is really important to remember roof algae is a living organism and needs food to stay alive. Can you guess what the favorite food of roof moss is? Your roof shingles, tiles and slates. Furthermore, some manufacturers use preservatives which moss loves to feast on. If your roof has moss or algae, then you will have a hotter attic and higher bills. You will also have to replace your roof much faster. 

What causes moss growth? 

Shaded areas exposed to frequent damp, cool weather will quickly encourage moss to grow on your roof. The presence or absence of sunlight dictates the amount of moss or algae growth. 

Moss absorbs and retains water. If you remove moss from the roof, then you will reduce the possibility of tiles suffering from winter cracks. Furthermore, moss likes to grow on cement and can agitate the bond between ridge/apex tiles and your roof. 

Moss alone cannot damage the tiles. However, the greatest benefit of moss removal is on the gutters. Once moss is removed, there are less blockages and your gutters work more efficiently. Mostly, your gutters require less maintenance. When you reduce the chance of costly blockages, your gutter guards and down spout pipes will work properly. 

If only some roof sections have moss, does the entire roof need cleaning? 

Just because you can’t see moss on certain areas of your roof doesn’t mean it’s not already there and beginning to develop. In its early stages roof moss and algae are completely invisible to the naked eye. Remember, it only takes one moss or algae spore to land on your roof and grow; then it’s off to the races. 

Is roof cleaning an easy do-it-yourself project? 

When it comes to roof cleaning, there’s nothing fast or easy about it. It can be quite dangerous and you may risk the chance of injury. If you want to clean your roof safely and effectively, then you definitely need to have a clear game plan with smart safety procedures. Most important, take your time because to rush through a roof cleaning will lead to trouble.  A wise recommendation is to find a qualified, pressure roof cleaning company in your area. Guardian Roofing has all the equipment and experience to clean your roof in just a few hours. Why risk your life? If you are looking for a roof cleaning contractor, please call us today at 877-926-9966 or complete our online service request form

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Original article source: Guardian Home Services 

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