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Removing moss from the roof
It seems the list of possible problems a homeowner can face just keeps getting longer and longer. One of the most common problems includes dealing with that beautiful parasite that is moss. Although it can seem to make your roof more beautiful, it can actually create a lot of additional problems if neglected.
Moss can create some substantial problems when it comes to your residential roof. It can create a significant amount of structural damage, and can even compromise your plywood base.
Moss appears in layers, which can corrupt your shingles or even break them in the end. More specifically, it can raise them, allowing for the creating of a clear, unobstructed passageway for water, debris and rodents. The usual end-product is leaking
Moss is a living organism that thrives in shady, humid environments. In addition to that, it prefers conditions between 5.0 and 5.5 pH levels. Moss can usually be found in the north side of a household, since that’s the one that usually has less direct exposure to sun.
Since moss prefers living in a moist and dark area, the logical way of thinking is to remove those factors. In case there are any trees surrounding your house, cut a few branches off to provide that extra sunshine on your roof. The moss will soon dry out, and leave only chunks. This isn’t applicable in areas that are naturally cloudy and damp.
In such a situation, you can always rely on chemicals to do their job. The most popular products include: Spray & Forget, Wet & Forget and Roof Wash, all very effective in dealing with the problem of moss. Actually, it’s applicable in situation when you have to deal with dirt or lichen.
If you’re against the use of chemicals, here are a few natural remedies that might do the trick. The most popular choices include dish soap and vinegar, followed closely by bleach, apple juice, orange juice, lemons and citruses in general, and baking soda.
In order to effectively prevent any kind of future damage from happening, you should add some copper shreds to your roof.
In case you’re using water to solve the problem, you shouldn’t use the spray hose at an upward angle. Logic suggests that your shingles may jump in the air after being pushed out by water.
In any case, some problems are best to be left for professionals to deal with. Basically speaking, you’re an amateur and by trying some of the instant DIY fixes, you are actually making the situation worse. Choose the man you can trust with dealing with the problem of moss. Check for licenses, customer feedback and plans before making your ultimate decision.
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