After spending tens of years sitting there, protecting you from the sun and rain, heat and cold, wind and storm, you probably think that it’s time for you to the same to them.

Roofs are built to hold on for at least several decades. You’ve spent a few hundred dollars on a single piece of clay/metal/rock for your roof and of course you’d expect the look to last a couple more years. But, nature does find lives even in the weirdest places: moss, algae and lichens thrive on roofs in humid and hot places. They don’t cause any significant damage to your roof, but they present your house in a bad way.

1. Ensure safety

Get yourself safety gears to protect you from possible accidents and contact with the solution. Safety is always the first thing you need to ensure. If you can’t, you’d better go off and hire a professional cleaner instead; it does not worth the danger.

Your life is worth more that the hygiene of your roof, right?

2. Create the solution

Most of the problems that will grow on your roof are moss, lichens and algae. Fading colors can be caused by the peeling of the coating, the loss of colors or the growth of these small organisms. The formula is:

Water + Bleach + Detergent all in equal parts, however, it is important to note that the ingredients here are not environmental friendly and can damage the nature of your surroundings.

Sandy Prisak from a famous roof cleaning company gives a more friendly-to-earth method, which is to buy roof shampoo. Roof shampoos are made of ingredients effective in kicking out moss, lichens and algaes better than bleach does without hurting the ecosystem. However, this method is more costly since the shampoo cost significantly more.

3. Cover your plants

If you are using the cheaper method and if you have plants, grasses or other things that you don’t want to die or to lose their colors, make sure you cover them up.

4. Scrub and spray

Scrub for any moss that is visible on your roof with detergent water.

The, slowly go up the tiles and spray all side of the roofs and let the solution dwell in it for a good 15 minutes. Do not use pressured water as this might cause damage to your shingles. This will kill the plants

5. Spray with clean water

Again, use low-no pressured water when doing this to protect your shingles. You will see moss, algaes and lichens flowing down. If they are still stuck continue with scrubbing, though this is less likely to happen (except if your bleacher got swapped with water because your mom replaced it).

Prevention

Cleaning your roofs regularly especially gives your roof a new look and spruce up your home every once in a while. However, it would be nice if you don’t have to go up as often and finds a way to prevent the organisms from growing up there.

Metal Flashing

Various metal flashing can kill off algae and moss in most conditions as rain washes the materials down the roof. Pretty effective and prevent the risk of breaking shingles during cleaning.

Algae-resistant shingles

If you are planning to replace your shingles or starting to build a house, find algae resistant shingles as they are effective most of the time. Or use coatings with chemical materials that are proven effective against these organisms, although you will need to consider the damage to the environment in the long run.

You cannot control the weather and humidity as such that algae and lichens won’t make your roof look bad. Cleaning the roof once in a while is good in that it refreshes the overall look of your house and can even affect neighbors and ultimately, yourself. So start grabbing that sprayer!

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Bio: Danielle writes for RoofingVancouverBC.com. She feels that more people should be more mindful of their roof, especially if they want to keep it neat and appealing for all to see.

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