Moss can be a beautiful addition to your housing landscape as long as it stays on overhead canopies. When it starts to grow on your roof, it’s time to clean it up.
Trapped moisture in the roof can promote moss growth that further absorbs water to stay alive. Growing moss leads to expensive structural damage as it grows around shingles on the roof. Keep reading this blog for quick tips on roof moss removal.
Getting Started: DIY Moss Killer
Before moving on to removing moss off the roof, let’s prepare a moss-killing solution. Here are two powerful moss killers you can make at home:
1. Iron Sulfate Solution
Mix 3 ounces of Iron Sulfate with 5 gallons of water in a full-sized bucket. Let the solution sit for a few minutes before pouring it into a spray bottle. Spray the solution on the moss thoroughly and leave it for 3-4 days till it turns brown before removing it.
2. Oxygen Bleach Solution
Mix 1/2 a cup of oxygen bleach and 4 gallons of water in a bucket. After letting it sit for a few minutes, spray it on the moss on your roof in sections, letting it rest for 20 minutes. Using a brush, scrub your roof and the oxygen bleach solution to see instant results!
Using the right solution is half the battle when removing roof moss. Now that your solution is ready, let’s talk roof cleaning.
Roof Moss Removal
Identifying and eliminating the problem at the grass root level is crucial. The key is to remember that moss lodges itself between roofing tiles and shingles. Inspect your roof to check for leaks and sizeable growth to understand the gravity of the situation before you begin.
Once you’re done with the inspection, follow the tips below to get started.
What You’ll Need:
- Moss killer
- Safety gloves and glasses
- Protective cap and footwear
- Garden Hose
- Power washer
Step-by-Step Moss Removal
Now that your checklist is ready, here is what you need to do:
Step 1: Scrub Your Roof
Gently scrub the roof with a soft-bristle brush. Too much pressure will scratch the roofing material, so slowly work your way from the top to the bottom of the roof. Work on small sections of the roof at a time.
Step 2: Spray The Liquid Moss Remover
The moss on your roof will soak the liquid solution. To protect plants surrounding your landscaping, lay plastic sheets to avoid exposure and damage. Leave your solution for a few minutes before moving to the next step.
Step 3: Wash The Roof
Using the garden hose, slowly rinse the solution and the moss. The dead moss will come right off because of the powerful moss killer, cleaning the roof as you go. Start at the top and slowly move to the bottom.
Step 4: Power Washing The Roof
Power washing is a great idea to finish off the roof cleaning, but ideally with the help of a professional. Using too much pressure can damage the roof tiles and shingles; however, a professional will be able to gauge the right amount of pressure needed to clean away any remaining moss.
Rinse your roof as needed. You might have to repeat the process to completely eliminate the moss on your roof. You can also opt for professional moss removal services if you have never treated roof moss before.
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