Removing the moss from your roof is an essential piece of property maintenance that a lot of people either forget about or haven't even considered in the first place. Let's take a look at why it's important and how to do it.
For starters, a build up of moss on your roof can be unsightly and doesn't add anything to the curb appeal of a property that's about to go on the market. But more importantly, the innocent looking substance can cause serious damage leading to costly repairs.
Where does it come from?
Moss build up is very common so it's nothing to be concerned about, providing you make plans to do something about removing it!
Moss generally grows in more shaded areas of your roof that are exposed to damp or cold weather and get little sunlight. This is the ideal environment for moss to grow.
How does it damage the roof?
Moss is highly absorbent and will retain the moisture it is exposed to. As such, left untreated, the moss on your rood will establish roots which can damage your roof covering, and then lead to the growth of mold and bacteria, resulting in holes and leaks into the property.
How do you remove it?
Green moss can typically be removed with just water. If mold has developed, an appropriate cleaning compound will need adding.
Start jet washing from the highest point of the roof, pointing downwards in the same way rain would fall onto and down the roof, using the lowest pressure setting initially to avoid causing any damage to the roof.
During the process, if you spot any roof damage, stubborn patches or more advanced mold and bacteria growth, contact a professional to inspect the roof.
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