Moss on Roof
Roof moss and algae are a common problem among Vancouver homeowners. This issue is especially prevalent among those who live in wet climates like the Pacific Northwest. Moss needs one element to survive, and that is moisture. Moss thrives in damp areas with little direct sunlight and debris. For these reasons, you will typically notice that moss grows on the North-facing side of the roof, where it gets the least amount of sunlight. Other areas of the roof that are shaded by trees are also prime real estate for moss and algae growth.
The team at Armor Roofing and Exteriors is here to help. We understand that your roof needs protection, and removing roof moss is just one of the ways that we do that. Our team provides free roof inspections and estimates. We have years of experience providing commercial and residential roofing services in addition to flat and metal roofing. And that’s not to mention our expert siding, fencing, and decking services. Vancouver residents choose to work with Armor Roofing and Exteriors not only because of our skill and experience but also the amount of care and quality customer service that we put into each job.
Roof Moss Damage
Many people might not think of roof moss as particularly harmful. It gives houses that whimsical, fairytale look to it, right? While it does look enchanting in the movies, if you’ve ever seen a house that’s been overrun with moss, you might notice that the integrity of the roof is no more. Excessive moss growth can lead to leaks, rot, and the need for a total roof replacement. Don’t let this scare you, though; the moss growth would need to be quite extensive to require a new roof. If you notice moss and algae on your roof, you shouldn’t panic and start getting estimates for a new roof, but it should be on your mind to schedule a professional roof cleaning sooner than later.
There are quite a few ways that moss can damage your roof. When it starts to grow and spread, often, the moss will begin to grow underneath your shingles, causing the edges to lift. When your shingles start to lift, they can be ripped off during strong wind and allow water to get underneath, making your roof more susceptible to leaks. Moss also holds in a lot of moisture, which not only can soften your roof and create rot, but the excess moisture will also freeze in the winter, which expands and can cause cracking. In general, roof moss is not something to be taken lightly. Call Armor Roofing and Exteriors today to schedule an inspection and professional roof cleaning!
How To Remove Roof Moss
There are a few different ways to remove roof moss and algae, but pressure washing it off your roof is not only ineffective; it is also damaging. Pressurized water is very abrasive and will remove the granules on your shingles. There is also the risk of catching the shingle at an odd angle and spraying water underneath it. Moss removal is not a very good DIY project and should be handled by professionals that have experience safely and effectively removing roof moss and algae.
At Armor Roofing and Exteriors, we have years of experience working on roofs, so we know how to maneuver around safely without causing damage. Most roof moss and algae are treated with a chemical spray that kills the moss on contact. Once the moss turns a pale shade of yellow, it can then be scrubbed and rinsed off. Our technicians are happy to go over this process with you and answer any questions you might have.
Preventing Roof Moss
Living in the Pacific Northwest, roof moss is a common problem, so you might be wondering if there are ways to prevent it. There are several simple and effective ways to prevent moss and algae from growing on your roof. Trimming large trees that cast a shadow on your roof will help, the more sun exposure there is on your roof, the less likely moss will grow there. Regularly removing debris helps to prevent sources of moisture for the moss to grow. This is especially important after large storms when substantial amounts of debris collect on the roof. And don’t forget about your gutters.
Annual roof cleanings by a professional are not only recommended, but it is also one of the best ways to prevent moss and algae growth. Lastly, consider incorporating copper. Some asphalt shingles have copper mixed into the granules. Copper is extremely effective at killing and preventing moss growth, and its effects last for many years.
When you’re looking for a roofing company that does it, all call Armor Roofing and Exteriors. Vancouver home and business owners trust our team to provide reliable roofing, siding, fencing, and decking services. Feel free to give us a call; we are happy to answer any questions you may have.