No homeowner likes to see it, but moss is a common problem on roofs throughout the U.S. Moss growth is particularly noticeable on the shady parts of roofs. With its shallow system of rhizoids, or small root-like structures, moss can hold moisture against your roof and do damage to it over time.
A new composition roof costs an average of $18,800, so it makes sense to keep moss at bay and get as much life out of your roof as possible.
Typically, moss removal is done physically by scraping it off or chemically by applying a zinc or copper based product. It should be done every year to every 3-4 years, depending on the type of removal system you choose.
Different Types of Chemical Moss Killers
You or your roofer can use a moss killer product to inhibit moss growth and make sure that moss does not re-grow quickly. Know the risks of using any chemical on or around your home, as some are toxic to plants and animals. There are a few commonly used types of products:
Other Ways to Keep Moss Away
Besides spraying your roof with a moss killing product and applying zinc strips to retard moss growth, there a few other things you can do to minimize moss.
If you're not interested in crawling around your roof on your own, you can hire a roofing company, such as HomeTowne Roofing, to do regular maintenance on your roof, which typically includes debris removal and checks for moss once or twice a year.
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