As many Houston, Texas, homeowners know, the area is no stranger to large amounts of rainfall each summer, particularly in June. In fact, on average, the “Space City” gets about almost 50 inches of rain per year. All of this rain during the humid summer months allows plant life to flourish. One of the plants that is commonly found in the area is moss – a small, flowerless green plant that does not have vascular roots, allowing it to grow almost anywhere, even on roofs.
After seeing moss on your roof, you may wonder, “Is it bad to have moss growing on my roof?” The simple answer is yes, moss can actually damage the structural integrity of any type of roof, especially an asphalt roofing system. The existence of moss indicates moisture buildup on your roof, which can cause water damage, leaks, and subsequent rot on both your roof and your fascia board. Repairs can be expensive and a major headache.
How Do You Remove Moss from Asphalt Roofing?
If you notice moss on your roof, you’ll want to remove it or have it removed as soon as possible. The most obvious way to remove moss from your roof is to remove it by hand. You can wet the area with a garden hose and then scrape the moss off by hand or with a rake or other tool. For moss that is more deeply rooted, a pressure washer may be more effective. But pressure washing can be dangerous, so it may be best left in the hands of professionals.
What Home Remedy Kills Moss on a Roof?
Beyond physically scraping the moss off of your roof, there are other home remedies you can try. Many local hardware stores sell moss control powder. This solution kills off moss and prevents it from growing, but be careful using it because runoff can kill other nearby vegetation. Additional home remedies include moss prevention. To prevent moss growth, you can:
- Trim tree branches near your roof and keep your roof free of plant debris
- Remove plant debris from your gutter system
- Install zinc strips to your roof to inhibit moss growth after rainfall
A Highly Experienced Residential Roofing Company Serving Texas
If moss has already damaged your roof and you are in need of roof replacement, there is no need to worry. The roofing experts at Beldon® have got you covered. We proudly install Owens Corning® asphalt shingles, and we are confident that they are some of the finest in the industry. These shingles are durable, lightweight, and algae-resistant to prevent streaking. Plus, we have myriad color options for you to select from. For more information about the asphalt roofing systems we install or our roof maintenance and replacement services, contact Beldon today. We serve Houston, TX, and other locations throughout the state of Texas.