Moss growth on your roof isn’t just an eyesore—it can lead to a host of problems such as water damage, rot, and premature roof ageing. If you’ve noticed green patches spreading across your roof, it’s time to take action. But what’s the best approach: moss removal, prevention, or a bit of both? Let’s explore.
Understanding Moss Growth
Moss thrives in cool, moist environments, which is why shaded roofs in humid climates often suffer from moss invasions. The north side of your roof or any parts shaded by trees are especially susceptible. Moss growth can compromise the integrity of your shingles and lead to water seepage into your home.
Moss Removal: The Immediate Solution
If moss has already established a foothold on your roof, your first step should be removal. There are professional roof cleaning services that can handle this for you, using the right tools and methods to ensure your roof isn’t damaged in the process.
Alternatively, you could use a moss-killing chemical—available in most home improvement stores. After application, you’ll need to gently remove the moss with a soft brush or broom, taking care not to damage the shingles.
Moss Prevention: The Long-Term Strategy
Even after thorough moss removal, spores could linger and lead to new growth. Here’s where prevention comes into play:
Improve Sunlight Exposure: Trim back overhanging branches to reduce shade on your roof, discouraging moss growth.
Improve Roof Ventilation: Good air circulation can keep your roof drier and less hospitable to moss.
Zinc or Copper Strips: Installing these strips at the peak of your roof can inhibit moss growth, as rainwater picks up moss-killing ions from the metal and distributes them across your roof.
Regular Cleaning: Keep your roof clean, especially after storms or autumn leaf fall, to reduce the organic material moss thrives on.
Routine Inspection: Regularly inspect your roof for early signs of moss and treat them promptly.
Moss Removal Vs. Prevention: The Verdict
The most effective approach to dealing with roof moss is a combination of both removal and prevention. It’s essential to get rid of existing moss to mitigate immediate damage, and equally important to follow up with preventive measures to inhibit future growth.
Struggling with moss on your roof? Kiwi Roof Masters is here to help. Our team of experienced professionals can carry out safe, effective moss removal and offer advice on preventive measures tailored to your specific situation. Get in touch with us today to learn more about our services and schedule a consultation.