Removing Moss and Debris From Your Roof

Oct 10, 2022 | Education

As the fall season is upon us and the temperature starts cooling down we will find that more debris is falling onto our roofs. September and going into October we are in the prime hurricane season here in the Lowcountry. As water and other debris are landing on your roof you’ll find that this can make for a breeding ground for moss to grow. The more water and debris, the greater the chance of moss growth. Removing the moss and debris from your roof is important for the longevity of your roof. 

Why Moss and Debris Need To Be Removed 

Moss may give your roof a quaint fairytale appearance, but it can also be a nightmare for your roof. Moss can virtually break down just about any roof material, including metal. Moss starts as a thin layer that grows in between shingles, but over time it grows and lifts the shingles. This growth allows water to seep underneath causing wood rot and leaks. Removing moss and other debris is pretty simple to do seasonally or as needed. 

Steps For Cleaning Moss and Other Debris Off

Step 1: Clean Off Loose Debris 

The first thing you need to do is carefully remove any leaves, branches, or other debris off your roof. Getting the debris off your roof is vital because if left it can create a breeding ground for moss. Make sure your roof is clear of any additional debris. 

Step 2: Start Cleaning the Moss 

The next thing you need to do is start scraping and or hosing off the moss. Keep in mind that if you have a shaded roof you may want to avoid using a hose. Use a hose vs a power washer to have a more gentle stream. The power washer is too harsh and can damage your shingles. Scrape and brush the moss from the roof using a long-handled soft bristle scrub brush. Start by scrubbing from the top down to avoid lifting the shingles. Rub gently and don’t scrape, scour, or pound on the room. Work in small sections to avoid ripping, cracking, or breaking the shingles. 


Are you in need of immediate roofing repairs or a roof replacement? The team at Southline Roofing is here to help. Contact us today!


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