Moss can be a pesky and persistent problem for homeowners, growing on roofs and in gutters and causing damage that can lead to costly clogged gutters and leaks. In this blog post, we will discuss how to clean moss off roof tiles and gutters, as well as some tips for proper long term maintenance. Let’s get started!
What is Moss and Why Does it Grow on Roofs and in Gutters?
Moss is a small, green plant that grows in damp areas. Mosses don’t have seeds but reproduce mainly by spreading their tiny spores.
Moss is often found growing on roofs and gutters because these surfaces are usually shady and moist. Mosses have their benefits including insulating a building or providing a home for small animals however, while generally harmless, they can cause problems if they start to grow in cracks or crevices in your roof or gutters.
How Does Moss Damage Roofs and Gutters, and What are the Consequences of Letting it Go Untreated?
Moss can damage roofs and gutters in several ways. First, moss holds moisture against the roof, which can lead to rot and deterioration of the shingles or other materials. Moss can also clog gutters, leading to water buildup and potential leaks.
In addition, the weight of moss can damage gutters and downspouts, making them more likely to break or collapse and cause a flood in your home. Finally, moss may attract nesting birds or insects, which are likely to cause further damage to the roof and gutter system.
Untreated moss can lead to a number of problems, including:
- Premature deterioration in roof structure, leading to expensive repairs or replacements.
- Clogged drainage systems, causing water damage to your home’s foundations.
- Increased weight of rooftops and other structures, placing undue stress on the building’s framing.
- The harbouring of pests and diseases that can infect plants or trees around your home and may even make you ill.
- An ideal environment for algae growth, which releases toxins that can discolour stonework and damage plants.
- Creating a lingering unpleasant damp smell in and around your home.
Out of all of the above, the most significant problem moss can cause is severe water damage. Moss absorbs water like a sponge, and if it’s allowed to accumulate on a roof or in gutters, it can cause the wood to rot, the metal to rust, and the seams of roofs to leak. This will not only cost a fortune to repair but in extreme cases, can even cause roofs to collapse posing potential risk to life.
Luckily the build up of moss is preventable and easy to maintain.
What Are Some Economical Ways to Prevent Moss Buildup on Your Roof and in Your Gutters?
There are a few ways to prevent moss buildup in your gutters. The most simple way it can be removed is by scrubbing with a brush, or by using a high-pressure hose. You can also install gutter guards or screens to keep the leaves and debris out once they have been cleared. It is important to make sure that your gutters are properly pitched so that water can flow freely through them and prevent stagnant puddles.
You may want to consider having your gutters professionally cleaned once a year. This will help ensure that they stay clear and functioning properly. As mentioned above, moss buildup on your roof and in your gutters can result in costly damage so it’s definitely worth it to keep them clean. The price of a professional gutter cleaning service will be far less than having to replace your roof!
Considerations When Removing Moss From Roofs and Gutters
- The type of moss – there are two types of moss – green and black. Green moss is more common, and can be removed by hand or with a pressure washer. Black moss is harder to remove, and may require chemical treatment.
- The condition of the roof or gutter – if the roof or gutter is damaged, it may need to be repaired before the moss can be removed. If there is any sign of damage, we recommend that you enlist the services of a professional for your own personal safety.
- What type of roofing material is used – some roofing materials (like asphalt shingles) are more susceptible to moss damage than others. So if you have a particular type of roofing material, again, you may want to consult with a professional before removing the moss yourself.
- Beware of animals – it is not uncommon for birds to create nests in gutters that contain a lot of debris. Many of these birds are protected and you should not attempt to remove them without professional input. Inspect your gutters thoroughly for any birds before beginning the cleaning process.
How Gutter Maintenance UK Can Help
Keeping your gutters clean and free of moss is important for both the aesthetic appeal of your home and the function of your gutters. Gutter Maintenance UK can help you with both regular inspections and treatment to keep your gutters in top condition.
During a regular inspection, our team will check for any signs of damage or wear and tear. We will also clear out any leaves, twigs or other debris that may have accumulated in your gutters. To find out more about our services and how we can help you get in touch today, We’re here to help!