Surrey Moss Removal

All roofs are at risk of moss growth; however, moss is more damaging and common on tiled roofs. Moss can cause several long-term severe effects if left unchecked. Apart from making your roof look unsightly, moss can block your drainage system and cause structural damage to your roof. Cleaning moss can be done with the right equipment, but you can damage your roof tiles if you do it incorrectly. You should always call a professional roof cleaning company to clean off moss from your roof.

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What is Moss?

Moss is a general term for non-vascular herbaceous plants, which rapidly grow in damp conditions. Moss is also among the fastest-growing and can multiply and expand across your roof within a few days. Often compared to garden weeds, moss is, however, highly invasive and can thrive in areas where common weeds would struggle.

Why Does Moss Grow on Roofs?

Moss multiplies through the release of pores like most plants. It grows more on cool, damp surfaces that do not receive sufficient sunlight. Therefore, tiled roofs facing north are more prone to algae and moss build-up. They quickly take root in dark nooks and crannies under and between roof slates, shingles, or tiles. Concrete and clay roof tiles are more susceptible to moss growth because of their porous nature and regular exposure to damp and rainy conditions, making them ideal for moss to take root and multiply.

How Does Moss Affect the Roof?

While moss does not have adverse effects on human health, moss growth can compromise your roof severely. Moss absorbs moisture at a high rate, meaning that it captures all the water that tries to escape your roof. Also, moss grows between roof tiles to fill the spaces between them. This can lift the tiles exposing what lies below to the elements. The combination of rainwater exposure and excessive moisture is the reason for structural damage such as damp insulation and rotting timber.

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How to Remove Moss from a Roof

You can remove moss from a roof using different methods depending on the spread level. If the spread is in the initial stages, you can easily wash away tiny patches of moss with a hose pipe. Use moderate pressure on the hose pipe to uproot juvenile moss that has not yet set root in your roof tiles. But, the smallest part of the root quickly becomes moss again, so ensure that you eradicate all traces of moss when cleaning your roof. But, do not use a pressure washer, no matter the severity of the problem, as it can damage your roof tiles.

Other ways to naturally remove moss include using a brush, trowels, or scrapers to scrape the moss away. Be cautious when working on your roof, and do not walk on the roof unless it is necessary. Be gentle when scrapping off moss by hand, as you can damage your tiles’ coating.

Another effective way to remove moss from roofs is using a moss remover. This excellent product is easily and quickly applied on the top with quick outcomes. You only require a garden sprayer or watering can apply the chemical with no need for hard scrubbing. Our dedicated moss remover destroys moss at the roots, detaches it from the roof, and makes the job much easier.

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How to Prevent Moss Growth

Now that you know how to safely remove moss from your roof, you should also know steps to prevent its growth. Start by trimming trees that block sunlight on your top. You can go further and cut back branches to prevent overhanging. Moss seeds are brought onto your roof by twigs, sticks, and branches that fall on your roof. You will effectively deter moss by removing sticks and cutting back trees.

Another way to prevent moss growth is regular maintenance and cleaning, which applies to your guttering system and roof. Drainage systems are breeding havens for moss because they are often dirty and damp, where fallen leaves land after being transported by rainwater. Gutter cleaning varies in difficulty depending on the size and shape of the guttering and house. However, it is worth the effort because it significantly reduces the amount of moss on your roof.

You can also prevent moss growth by installing copper ridges on your roof. Copper ridges release a coppery residue when rainwater falls and runs down, discouraging moss growth. Often, regular cleaning and maintenance are sufficient to keep your roof moss-free. Give your roof a thorough wash once or twice yearly but do not use a pressure washer. If you are not confident about tackling the moss yourself, you can hire us for professional roofing services to do the job thoroughly and safely.

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