Oregon Chimney Guys not only specialize in chimney sweeping, wood stove installation and dryer vent cleaning, we also specialize in moss removal! Moss thrives in damp shady environments and can wreak havoc on your roof. Being in the rainy Pacific northwest, your roof is susceptible moss growth. However, there are steps to take to treat and prevent moss from setting up shop on your roof.
Why Are Mossy Roofs Bad?
As it grows thicker, the moss on your roof can cause shingles to become uplifted which allows water to get under, resulting in leaks and rot, and raised shingles can more easily blow off in high winds. Moss holds water like a sponge which can further promote your roof to rot or leak. Moss can cause asphalt shingles to break down faster.
The ideal way to deal with moss, algae or lichen growth on your roof is through prevention. Annual zinc sprays will prevent moss from overtaking your roof and you can easily schedule one with The Oregon Chimney Guys. We will come by to check it out annually to make sure no more moss has popped up. Copper or zinc strips are also an option for preventing moss growth on your shingles which we can install for you! Cutting back tree limbs that hang over your roof and cause shade is also a good idea.
If your roof is already infested with moss, give us a call, and we will thoroughly and gently give your roof a wash. Once your roof is completely cleaned, we will go over it with a zinc spray which will prevent moss growth for about one year. We recommended an annual spray to keep moss at bay.
Why Is Professional Help Recommended?
Professional work is recommended because simply brushing or raking moss off your roof won’t prevent future growth. If roof cleaning is not done with care, you risk damaging the shingles and reducing the lifespan of your roof. Some chemicals can also cause damage to your roof, such as sodium hydroxide (lye) which can eat away at your shingles.
Besides an annual spray, be sure to ask us about annual chimney inspection and dryer vent cleaning which is extremely important to prevent home fires. Contact us for any and all of your chimney, fireplace and roof needs!