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Moss on your roof: What it means and what you need to do about it

Perhaps you’ve noticed a soft-looking greenish mass erupting from your roof as you glanced at the roof. Or maybe you weren’t aware of anything until a routine inspection by the company who underwrites your homeowner’s insurance noted the presence of moss on your roof. Regardless of how you came to discover that your home’s roof seems to be the receptacle for moss, you need to learn more about it.

Moss and Your Roof: What You Need to Know

Visually, moss on your roof can significantly reduce the curb appeal of your home. This can be a crucial factor when it comes to attracting the attention of would-be buyers. In fact, the presence of a mossy roof can often deter home buyers from even going to your home for a showing.

There’s another issue at stake here, though, that goes beyond simply the visual. Because moss thrives in environments that are shady and damp, it is most often seen on the side of the roof that doesn’t get as much sun. Left untreated, the moss is likely to continue growing.

Moss is also very absorbent and retains water. Over time, it can cause the roofing itself to degrade. Because you aren’t likely to notice this process from the ground, it could go on for quite some time with the result being that your roof begins leaking unexpectedly. It’s crucial to the health of your roof, home, and its contents that you address the presence of moss as soon as possible.

How to Remove Moss From Your Home’s Roof

There is a well-established DIY streak among Americans. It’s likely that your first inclination is to tackle the chore of removing the moss from your roof on your own. While this intent is admirable, there are several reasons why it’s a better idea to leave this job to the professionals.

Care must be taken when removing the moss. The cleaner used could actually break down the roofing materials further. Additionally, using a power washer or scrubbing too hard could also damage the roof more. When using chemicals, protective gear must be purchased and used to avoid injury. Runoff from the chemicals could damage other items such as foliage.

Contact the Moss Removal Experts Today

Most homeowners have very little experience when it comes to actually performing maintenance on their roof. At C&T Siding, we have the necessary equipment and expertise to handle this project safely and efficiently. Contact us today for a free estimate.

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