Does moss damage my roof?

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Does moss on my roof mean I need a new roof?

Silent yet invasive, the presence of moss or algae stains on your roof does not necessarily equate with needing a new roof. Often times all a roof needs is a thorough cleaning to restore your roof to its original condition and good health. Don’t be misled if a roofer tells you that you need a whole new roof just because of moss. For professional roof cleaning in Seattle, contact Guardian Roofing online or call 877-926-9966. You will save a huge amount of money.

Why is it important to keep your roof moss-free?

If your roof is not kept clean and well-maintained, roof moss and algae can shave years off the life of your roof.  It is really important to remember roof algae is a living organism and needs food to stay alive.  Can you guess what the favorite food of roof moss is?  Your roof shingles, tiles, and slates. Furthermore, some manufacturers use preservatives which moss loves to feast on. If your roof has moss or algae, then you will have a hotter attic and higher bills. You will also have to replace your roof much faster.

Before (left) and after (right) roof cleaning

What causes moss growth?

Shaded areas exposed to frequent damp, cool weather will quickly encourage moss to grow on your roof. The presence or absence of sunlight dictates the amount of moss or algae growth.

Moss absorbs and retains water. If you remove moss from the roof, then you will reduce the possibility of tiles suffering from winter cracks. Furthermore, moss likes to grow on cement and can agitate the bond between ridge/apex tiles and your roof.

Moss alone cannot damage the tiles. However, the greatest benefit of moss removal is on the gutters. Once moss is removed, there are less blockages and your gutters work more efficiently. Mostly, your gutters require less maintenance. When you reduce the chance of costly blockages, your gutter guards and down spout pipes will work properly.

If only some roof sections have moss, does the entire roof need cleaning?

Just because you can’t see moss on certain areas of your roof doesn’t mean it’s not already there and beginning to develop.  In its early stages roof moss and algae are completely invisible to the naked eye. Remember, it only takes one moss or algae spore to land on your roof and grow; then it’s off to the races.

Is roof cleaning an easy do-it-yourself project?

When it comes to roof cleaning, there’s nothing fast or easy about it.  It can be quite dangerous and you may risk the chance of injury.  If you want to clean your roof safely and effectively then you definitely need to have a clear game plan with smart safety procedures. Most important, take your time because to rush through a roof cleaning will lead to trouble.  A wise recommendation is to find a qualified, pressure roof cleaning company in your area. Here in Seattle, Guardian Roofing has all the equipment and experience to clean your roof in just a few hours. Why risk your life? If you are looking for a roof cleaning contractor here in Seattle, please call us today at 877-926-9966 or complete our online service request form.