Do you love your roof and want to keep it tough and beautiful for a long time? We all do! It isn’t hard to agree that the roof is one of the most important features in our house. It keeps our loved ones and us, pet included, safe and protected from the harsh weather and falling objects. That’s why we make sure to upkeep our roof’s condition so we could continuously gain the benefits it serves in our lives, minus the costly roof repair.
However, those of us living in the Greater Vancouver area will always have to take extra measures to check on our rooftops. Why so? Well, thanks to our charming temperate rainforest, we not only enjoy our humid and damp weather but also get astonished with the seemingly effortless adornment of moss on the exterior of our homes. One important caveat, though: moss developing on your roof is not a good thing. It can damage your roof—and severely if left alone. If your roof has been damaged and you want to check on our roof repair service, visit this page.
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How to Remove Moss from Your Roof
You can find various suggestions for DIY moss removal on your roof online; however, not all recommendations can be good for your roof, especially those that suggest the use of chemical treatments. Some cleaning methods will not only kill the moss but also injure your roof all the more. Roofing Vancouver took The Spruce’s tried and tested advice on how to clean off the moss on your rooftops in just a few uncomplicated steps.
What you will need:
- Tall extension ladder
- Safety glasses (to protect your eyes)
- Heavy-duty gloves (to keep your hands safe)
- Safety rope
- Putty knife or a 5-in-1 tool
- Scraping tool (plastic or wooden) or scrub brush
- Garden hose with a spray nozzle
- Slip-resistant shoes and comfortable work clothes
No time to do it yourself? No problem! Talk to our roof care experts, one of the trusted contractors in roofing services Vancouver.
Moss Removal Instructions
Do it on dry weather. Removing moss from your roof can be taxing. If you do it on wet and damp weather, it will pose a greater risk since you will need to stand on your roof. Performing the task on a completely dry atmosphere will prevent you from slipping or falling. Be extra careful when doing this.
Do it (preferably) on long weekends. You should not do moss removal quickly. Slowly but surely is the way to do it, so we recommend doing it on long weekends. If you need to learn more about roofing maintenance in Vancouver, talk to our roof specialists today!
Gather your tools and materials. If you lack a supply or two, don’t push through on performing this task yet. You wouldn’t like to do this project unprepared or half-ready.
Put up the long extension ladder. Be sure to set up your ladder safely. The ideal placement is at a 15-degree direction, leaning against the roof edge. Use a safety rope on both sides of the ladder and tie it securely to the roof. Learn how to put up an extension ladder safely in this post.
Scrape off the moss gently. Again, you would want to do this slowly but surely. You do not want to dent your roof while scraping off your moss. Start scraping from the bottom, working your way up. Repeat the same method if your roof has manifold planes.
Spray down the roof with water. Unlike the directions on scraping, spraying the moss-covered roof with water is from top to bottom. This is to make certain that the water easily flows down and to avoid breaking your roof tiles and shingles. You will do this at the end of a session and before you take a long break so that when you go back to your work, the roof is dry again, allowing you to spot on areas that are still untouched easily.
Is your roof damaged because of moss growth?
At times, we have found our roof already leaking and damaged before we are able to remove the moss on our rooftops. When this happens, it may be too late to perform any DIY moss removal by then. The best thing you can do is call your trusted roof specialists in Vancouver immediately.
Roofing Vancouver provides a full range of roofing services (roof repair, roof restoration, roof cleaning, etc.) for residential and commercial establishments. You can also take advantage of our preventative maintenance methods and emergency quick-response measures, as we are open 24/7.
Roof Repair and Roofing Maintenance in Vancouver and Nearby Areas
We also have roofing services in other areas of Vancouver. If you live in Burnaby, Richmond, Surrey, and Coquitlam and have roofing problems, we can absolutely help you! Send us a message by filling out our form or call us today to get a free quote!