Remove Moss From Roofing Materials On Your Home

If your home is located in a shady area and humid weather conditions are often present, moss may begin to grow on portions of the roofing materials. If the moss is left untreated, it can weaken the materials that are under it. Learn how to remove the moss and prevent more from growing in the future with the following steps. 


  • ladder
  • roof cleaning agent
  • water
  • garden sprayer
  • flexible hand rake
  • scrub brush
  • water hose
  • measuring tape
  • zinc strip
  • roofing nails
  • nail gun

Remove The Moss

Add equal amounts of a roof cleaning agent and water to a garden sprayer's tank. Many roof cleaning agents are formulated to kill moss, mold, and mildew and will not discolor the roofing materials on your home. Set up a ladder next to your home and spray a liberal amount of the cleaning solution on the portions of the roofing materials that have moss growing on them. Allow the product to penetrate the moss for a few minutes. This will soften the plants and make them easier to remove.

Use a flexible hand rake to assist with scraping the moss from the roof. Insert the rake's tines in dense sections of each plant and pull the handle back. Use a scrub brush to loosen and remove any small moss pieces that remain on the roof. Rinse the roof off well with a water hose. Adjust the nozzle to a strong setting so that all of the residue that is on the roofing materials is effectively removed during this step. 

Protect The Roofing Materials

After the roof dries, it will look as good as it did before the moss grew on its surface. Prevent moss from growing in the future by installing a zinc strip across the top of the roof. Measure the width of the roof so that you can purchase a strip that is long enough to cover the rooftop. Gently lift the bottom of each shingle that runs across the top of your home's roof and insert the zinc strip. Attach the zinc strip with roofing nails, spacing them evenly apart in the center of the strip. Press the shingles back into place.

Whenever it rains, zinc from the strip will run down the side of your home's roof. The zinc will make the roofing materials an unfavorable area for moss to grow. Clean and maintain your roof regularly so that the roofing materials continue to remain damage-free. For professional tips, contact a company like Ratliff Enterprises.

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