There’s something very quaint and rustic about a moss-covered roof, like something out of a fairy tale. Unfortunately, the damage that moss can cause to your roof and shingles is genuine. Moss can degrade pretty much any surface that you have on your top, from wood to concrete. As moss grows on your roof, it gets underneath your shingles, pushing them up and allowing water to leak in and damage the material underneath. It can lead to costly Gutter repairs if not taken care of quickly. Luckily, removing moss from your roof is a fairly straightforward task.
The first thing you need to do is get up on your roof and wash away the moss. If the problem isn’t too severe, this might be the only step you need to take. Put up a ladder where the moss is and run a hose up there as you climb up. Just spray the moss with the hose at a downward angle to wash it away. Be careful not to fall as the roof gets slippery. Once you’ve sprayed the moss down, you can use a soft bristle scrub brush to remove the rest of it. Make sure to be gentle with the brush so you don’t damage the shingles. You might be tempted to use a pressure washer to blast the moss away, but resist the urge – it could break your shingles.
If the scrubbing isn’t enough to remove your moss, you might need to try a cleaning solution. You can buy some at any hardware store or make your own if you’re the DIY type. If possible, wait for a cloudy day so the solution doesn’t evaporate off your roof too quickly. Some cleaners are meant to be left for a while, and some are meant to be washed off immediately, so make sure you’re following the instructions for whatever you end up using. It might also be a good idea to put a plastic sheet down on the ground under where you’ll be working to ensure the cleaning solution doesn’t discolor your lawn.
Of course, if you’re looking for professional moss removal in Portland or surrounding areas, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at Gutter Empire for a free estimate.