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Algae & Moss On Your Roof

Keep Your Home's Roof Healthy

Algae and moss growth on a roof can be an unsightly and damaging problem. Not only can it create an eyesore, but the presence of these organisms can lead to serious roof damage if not treated promptly. Algae and moss can clog gutters and downspouts, leading to water accumulation on the roof. 

This can cause leaks and water damage in the attic, as well as roof rot. In addition, the buildup of algae and moss can also trap moisture, which can cause further damage to the roof due to mold and mildew growth. Finally, the presence of these organisms can also cause shingles to become brittle and break off, leading to further roof damage.

The Difference Between Algae & Moss

Algae and moss are both commonly found growing on roofs and in other wet, shaded areas. While they may look similar, they are actually quite different.

Algae are microscopic organisms that are found in almost any environment. They are usually green in color, but can be found in a variety of shades, including brown, black, and even pink. Algae will grow closely against the shingles of your roof.

Moss, on the other hand, are plants. They are usually green in color and have a soft, spongy texture. Moss need very little soil and moisture to survive, and they prefer shady, damp environments. It traps moisture and cause a roof to deteriorate faster.

Fortunately, there are ways to prevent and treat algae and moss growth on a roof. 

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How to prevent buildup of moss & algae on your home's roof:

  • Keep the Gutters Clean: Clogged gutters can cause water to pool on the roof and provide a breeding ground for algae and moss. Inspect and clean your gutters regularly to ensure water is flowing freely.
  • Trim Overhanging Branches: Tree branches that hang over your roof provide shade, which can encourage algae and moss growth. Trim back any branches that are close to your roof to allow more sunlight to reach the shingles.
  • Install Copper or Zinc Strips: Copper and Zinc strips can be installed along the ridgeline of the roof. The copper reacts with the rainwater and creates a natural fungicide, which helps to prevent algae and moss from growing.
  • Apply Fungicide: If you have a serious algae or moss problem on your roof, you can apply a fungicide to kill the existing growth and prevent new growth from developing.
  • Clean Regularly: Regularly inspect and clean your roof to remove any algae or moss that has grown. This will help to keep your roof in good condition and prevent any future problems.

With proper care and maintenance, it is possible to prevent and treat algae and moss growth on a roof before it causes serious damage. By taking the necessary steps, homeowners can ensure their roofs are safe and secure.

How To Get Rid Of Moss On Your Roof

Removing moss from your home’s roof can be a tricky task, but it is essential in maintaining the overall health of the roof and your home. Here are a few steps to help you get started:

  1. 1. Start by inspecting your roof to identify where the moss is growing. Pay close attention to the nooks and crannies around the edges and corners of the shingles.
  2. 2. If you find moss, you’ll need to remove it. You can do this by either scraping it off with a long-handled brush, or you can use a pressure washer.
  3. 3. If you opt for the pressure washer, make sure to use a wide angle spray nozzle and keep the pressure low so that you don’t damage the roofing materials.
  4. 4. Once you’ve gotten rid of the moss, it’s important to treat the roof with an anti-moss solution. This will help to prevent the moss from growing back.
  5. 5. Finally, inspect the roof regularly to make sure that the moss hasn’t returned. If it has, you’ll need to repeat the above steps until the moss is gone.

Looking for help with removing Moss or Algae from your roof? Find an roofer near you to get started on making your home refreshed today!

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