When moss starts to grow on your roof, it might give your home an idyllic, storybook-like appearance. However, moss on your roof is far from magical. It retains moisture against the roof surface, and over time, it can cause significant damage. Here are some safe and effective DIY techniques for moss removal.
Before you begin, it’s crucial to ensure you’re working safely. Use a sturdy, extendable ladder to reach your roof, making sure it’s on firm and level ground. Always have a spotter nearby to keep an eye on things, and consider using a harness for extra safety. Wear non-slip shoes, gloves, and safety goggles to protect yourself during the cleaning process.
- Manual Removal
This is the most straightforward method of removing moss from your roof. Use a soft brush or broom and gently scrub off the moss, working from the top down to prevent lifting shingles. Never use a pressure washer as it can damage your roof.
- Moss Killing Solutions
There are many moss killing solutions available on the market. You can also make your own by mixing a 50:50 solution of laundry bleach and water. Apply the solution to the moss and leave it for 15-20 minutes before rinsing off with a hose, ensuring to rinse thoroughly to prevent any damage to your shingles from the solution.
- Install Zinc or Copper Strips
To prevent moss growth, consider installing zinc or copper strips along the top of your roof. When it rains, the rainwater will wash minute quantities of metal down the roof, creating an environment that’s inhospitable to moss.
- Regular Roof Maintenance
Keeping your roof clean is an excellent way to prevent moss from growing. Regularly remove leaves and other debris from your roof and keep your gutters clean to ensure good water flow.
Remember, if your moss problem is extensive or your roof is particularly steep or high, it might be safer and more effective to hire professionals like Kiwi Roof Masters. We have the tools and expertise to handle the job safely and effectively, saving you time and effort. Contact us today for more information.