Moss has a way of growing in the most inopportune places – including on your roof. Wadden Construction, one of the most trusted roofing contractors in Northern Virginia, has a wealth of experience in dealing with roof moss. Let us explain the causes of moss growth on roof shingles and the effects on your roof as well as how to prevent moss growth.
Causes of Roof Moss
Moss grows on the shady sections of your roof and those exposed to periodic damp, cool weather. Exposing a roof surface to sunlight reduces the chance of moss growth. When shade and cool, moist conditions combine, moss or lichen will likely grow on a roof surface and become quite an eyesore.
Effects of Moss on Your Roof
Moss retains moisture, which may damage the roof covering. In freezing climates, frost damages the mineral granule coating on the shingles, and moss may lead to faster frost damage, cracking and wearing of the shingles. Even in non-freezing climates, moss can penetrate the roof shingle materials, causing issues. Wadden Construction, the roofing and siding contractors you can trust, can help you address ugly roof stains caused by moss.
What You Can Do
Use extreme care when brushing or raking the roof surface. Work by hand on a small area first to check the condition of the shingles. If they are fragile, brittle, cracking or curled, moss removal will lead to more damage. Raking roof moss, no matter how gentle it’s done, leaves debris on the roof. Debris makes it difficult to see the actual condition of the shingles and can clog roof gutters. It’s for this reason that it’s best not to pursue DIY work. It’s always safer and more efficient to let the experts deal with roof moss.
You can count on us for all things roofing, from hail damage home repair to full-on replacement projects and everything in between. Wadden Construction can handle any kind of roof moss damage. We serve homeowners in Woodbridge, VA. Call us today at (703) 291-4544 to schedule a consultation.