What Causes Moss To Grow On Your Roof?

What causes moss to grow on your roof?


The growth of moss on your roof is more than just a blemish that detracts from the appeal of your home. Moss is a nuisance that threatens the integrity of your roof and could threaten the health of you and your family as well.

Shingles on the roof of your home are an ideal growing environment for moss and lichens because it is an area of the home that is moist and humid, especially the north facing side. When you add shade from overhanging tree branches you give these organic materials what they need to grow and survive. Leaves and other debris provide the necessary nutrients for the growth of moss and lichens.

Moss will grow at the edges of the shingles and as it grows it will pry the shingles apart which in turn will allow water to get under the roofing material; this could lead to water leaks, mold growth and other potential problems.

When it comes to moss and the shingles on your roof, an ounce of prevention goes a long way to saving your roof. Proper upkeep can eliminate the majority of conditions that allow the growth of moss of your roof. Once moss is detected on the roof, it is best to have your roof treated by a professional roof cleaning company to remove the moss and prevent further growth from happening.

Trimming tree branches that are near or touching your roof will also help slow the growth of moss on the roofing material.  If your home is equipped with gutters, keeping them free of debris so water can drain off the roof is another step in keeping your roof healthy.Proper ventilation of the attic will prevent condensation in your attic space, which can also lead to the growth of moss, lichen and algae on the shingles.

Call the professionals at Roof Cleaner at 616-240-3465 and ask them to check your roof for signs of mold and mildew. A full-service certified roof cleaning contractor with experience in all areas of exterior cleaning services, Roof Cleaner offers speedy, reliable service for the removal moss, lichen and algae from roofing material.

For more information, visit their web site at www.yourroofcleaner.com


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