Moss is a species of plant that lacks prominent roots and blossoms. Moss, unlike blooming plants, relies on moisture to reproduce. The spores will begin to proliferate if they land in an area with enough moisture. Moss (and lichens) aren't merely a cosmetic problem. They may cause damage to all types of roofs by trapping moisture on the roof's surface. This excess moisture causes the roof to degrade more quickly than it would otherwise.
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How do you get moss on your roof?
Cool and shaded areas that are more prone to dampness caused by the weather conditions allow for quick growth on the surface of your roof. A roof inspection should be considered if there is extensive damage done in order to decide if it is necessary to repair or replace. Look into the pros and cons of your roofing materials and how they may be affected by different elements and moss growth. There are elements to consider how often you should maintain and whether an abundance of roof moss would be prone to grow.
- Frequent rainfall in your area and or light rains that create a damp environment
- Large trees covering your roof from sunlight that create shaded areas.
- The type of roofing materials more prone to damage
- Cold climates that can cause growth as well as frost damage
Cleaning and prevention of the growth of moss
Ensuring that a clean and a well-maintained area will assist in preserving the lifespan of your roof and enhance curb appeal. It's important to consider the prevention of roof moss growth as well as the maintenance of the area. If you are trying to clean the moss off you should not undertake aggressive cleaning methods which could cause damage.
- Trim the trees which are growing around your roof.
- Roof treatments which can be bought if you are doing repairs or a roof replacement when selecting your roofing materials that are pretreated.
- You can also buy specific chemicals made to be sprinkled on dry surfaces but you risk damage to your roofing materials and the environment.
- Clean debris off and your gutters while ensuring proper drainage.
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Does having certain types of roofs ensure that moss will not grow?
There are roof types that can retard or prevent the moss growth as they may have been treated or the materials or resistent. Multi Level roofs have a high risk of growth as the gutters on the upper levels leak onto the lower levels of the houses roof. The damage moss can create differs according to the materials used. Fiber damage can be found on cedar shakes, the mineral granule coating of composition shingles can be affected and tiles can be cracked from frozen water. The materials which are more resistant are metal, copper or aluminium flashing. Installing metal flashing or copper strips along the ridges of your roof also assist in combating moss.
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