Written by AdelCo Home Services in Vancouver
As a North Vancouver resident, a layer of moss lying around your roof may look comfortable to sit in your home, but this could be bad news for your roof.
Having moss on your roof poses a threat in the long run. To get rid of moss removal north vancouver, follow these steps and make sure it does not fall again.
With your roof covered with green moss – this could make you think you are immersed in a fairytale where there is a strange little, green-roofed house. However, in the real world, moss in your roof is a nightmare.
Left untreated, it can damage almost any roof (wood and asphalt are common, but it is also known to damage metals, clay, and concrete roof), greatly reducing its service life.
The moss starts growing with a thin green layer on the edges, but as it grows, it gradually grows its seedlings as well – allowing the water to drain to the bottom. At this stage, say Hello, rotten and dripping trees – you never want your roof to get to this state.
Fortunately, moss removal is an easy task that you can do depending on the season and a great level of desire to keep the roof looking good and presentable.
Follow the steps below to remove the moss on the roof.
Tools and equipment needed:
Ladders, mold and moss remover, safety goggles, gloves, safety cord, garden hose, soft scrub, pump, spray nozzle.
Step 1: Scrub off all moss from your roofing shingles.
Carefully place the ladder next to the moss-growing area, wear loose-fitting shoes, aged clothing, rubber gloves and goggles. (You can also protect yourself with a safety cord.)
With your hose, wash the area with clean water and wash down at an inclined angle. Then, use a long-scrub brush to remove the moss from the roof and scrub it from top to bottom so as not to raise your shingles.
As the operation progresses, please remove gently (do not scrape, or pound the roof) and make a short section each time the operation continues – this reduces your chances of damaging your shingles.
Note: Do not use a roof washer. Excessive force spraying can damage the beams and shingles that protect the roof.
Step 2: Purchase a DIY cleaning solution to get rid of moss.
If your moss removal problem needs not only simple scrubbing, there are a variety of solutions for commercial cleaning and DIY options for moss removal.
With this option, you could wait for the next cloudy day in Vancouver and add your DIY cleaning solution.
Keep in mind that some commercial and home spray cleaners can damage sensitive plants and cause staining of sidings, or sidewalks, so you may want to distribute plastic sheets underneath your work area before you start.
Whatever you choose, you should follow the manufacturer’s instructions; some cleaners should be washed after use, while others are specified to be left on after use.
You can also use one of the four DIY recipes below to make your moss removal solution in a spray bottle:
– 8 ounces Dawn Ultra dish soap + 2 liters of water,
– 1 pound of powdered oxygen powder + 2 liters of water
– 1½ to 3½ cups chlorine + 2 liters of water
– 1½ to 3½ cups of refined white vinegar + 2 liters of water
For these solutions you want to soak in clean water into your roof with moss, then add detergent and let it sit for 20 – 45 minutes. Gently scrub off moss with a soft brush, then rinse with water.
Step 3: Prevent frequent growth of moss by placing zinc or copper on your roof.
A thin layer of sheet metal coated with iron or copper can be placed under the roof top ridges on both sides of the roof to prevent moss growth from recurring. Copper is toxic to moss and algae, while zinc is less expensive.
You can buy pieces of sheet metals in a roll and cut it into 2 – 4 inches strips. Use roofing nails or screws with a rubber washer to attach the bars to the roof.
You could also try to remove hanging branches that hang above the roof. It is shown that natural light rays can prevent moss growth.