A moss-covered roof might look picturesque, but the reality of having moss-infested shingles is far from a fairy tale. Moss can cause any roofing material- cedar, asphalt, metal, slate, etc.- to degrade. It does this by growing under and in between the shingles, which lifts them up and allows for moisture to seep underneath your roof. Unchecked moisture beneath your roof can lead to a number of (often expensive!) problems, including leaks, wood rot, and mold. The damage caused by extensive moss on roof growth can also mean a shorten lifespan for your roof, which means you could find yourself shelling out thousands of dollars much sooner than you would have normally.
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There are several challenging DIY solutions for moss removal from roof shingles, but it is highly recommended that you seek the help of a professional. Scrubbing at your roof with the wrong tools can damage your shingles just as much as the moss itself can, and improperly mixed cleaning solutions or pressure washers will strip away layers that can take years off of your roof’s lifespan. As an expert roof cleaning company, we have a specially-made cleansing solution that is designed to demoss a roof without being corrosive to your shingles, and our cleaners know the proper way to scrub your roof to avoid damage. (A professional may also recommend using zinc or copper sheet metal inlay along the top ridge of your roof to prevent moss from growing back in the future). Cleaning moss off your roofs is what we do!
Roof Algae Removal
In addition to moss, you can also encounter certain types of algae that grow on your roof shingles as well. Usually when your shingles start to get that dirty/ streaky look it is actually algae growth that is causing the discoloration, rather than air pollution or dirt. The algae feed on organic materials that are present in your shingles, and will break them down over time if left untreated. Many people try power-washing their roofs in order to get rid of the algae, but while this method makes your shingles look cleaner, it doesn’t kill off the algae completely, and a pressure washer will strip away layers from the shingles. It’s best to trust a professional roof cleaning company or contractor if you want to avoid causing more damage to your home.
Roof Mold Removal
Mold is another type of biomass growth that can cause damage to your roof and the rest of your home. Mold usually develops when shingles lift or crack, which allows moisture to seep into the wood below. If left unchecked, mold can spread throughout your home and even make it into the heating and ventilation, which can cause allergic reactions and flu-like symptoms in you and your family. Removing mold without damaging the shingles or wood in your roof/attic usually requires a specialized cleaning solution carried by professional roof cleaners, and should not be attempted on your own.
Roof Moss Cleaning Cost
Roof cleaning costs will generally be based on square footage, and may vary depending on what type of roofing material you have that needs to be cleaned. Investing in regular roof cleaning by professional contractors will ensure that your roof is free of moss, mold, algae, lichen, and any other types of growth that could damage your shingles or shakes. Roof cleaning will help prolong the lifespan of your shingles and prevent you from having to replace your roof prematurely, which can cost up to $20,000 or more.
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