3 Step DIY On How To Get Rid Of Moss On Your Roof
Prepare yourself with all the safety equipment you might thing you need. Here at Pressure Cleaning Miami, we use OSHA approved safety harnesses which are the first thing you want to put on before stepping onto a residential roof.
Next, proceed to place on your eye protection, non-slip rubber shoes, old rags, and your rubber gloves to keep your body safe from the chemical detergents used to remove the mold/mildew.
Now, place your sturdy ladder as close as possible to the moss or algae that are growing on your roof. If you feel it is needed, use the safety rope to make sure your ladder is secure.
Finally, the hard work begins…..
Grab your garden rose and soak the area infested with just plain tap water. Always make sure to spray at a downward angle.
Use your long-handled soft bristle scrub brush to get the moss removed from your roof. Make sure to scrub in the same direction as the tiles and shingles, in other words, top down to prevent accidentally lifting the shingles. We highly recommend you scrub softly and make sure to not scrape pound, or scour the roof.
Work on small sections of the roof while removing the moss to avoid any damage to the shingle roofs.
** CAUTION: Do not use a pressure washer on your roof, or hire a roof soft washing service ; because the shingles on the roof may become very damaged by the high PSI pressure from the water gun jets. In most cases even removing some shingles from your residential roof.
If your roof issue involves any algae, mold, or your moss problem no your roof escalated into needing more attention than just a simple scrub; you have to add some commercial roof cleaning detergent. Below we recommend a few brands for roof cleaning solutions you may find online or at your nearest hardware store.
Looking for a more cost-effective way to remove moss from your roof? We have a DIY roof cleaning solution you can make with a few home cleaning products.
Now we are ready to get that algae and moss of that roof!!
Simply wait for a cloudy day before going through with step #2 as your cleanser of choice will not evaporate very quickly with Miami, FL tropical weather.
Things to keep in mind….when spraying either your commercial roof cleaner or the homemade solution remember both solutions can discolor wall siding, decking, pathways, patios, pavers, and even be harmful to sensitive plants.
So do not forget to set down the plastic sheeting and spreading it to cover the whole work area before you spray the chemicals.
Homemade Roof Moss Killer Recipe
From Wet & Forget to Bayer 2-in-1 Moss and Algae Killer, each type of roof detergent is completely different. Some roof cleaning solutions should be rinsed off with water after application, while others state to leave it applied on the house’s roof. Read in more detail further down where the reviews of the roof cleaners are listed.
Make your own homemade moss killer for roofs out of a few home cleaning products. Choose which one of the four recipes you can scramble together with what you have at home.
- 2 gallons of water & 8 ounces Heavy duty dish washing soap
• 2 gallons of water & 1 pound powdered oxygen bleach (Oxi-Clean)
• 2 gallons of water & 1 to 4 cups chlorine bleach
• 2 gallons of water & 1 to 4 cups of white distilled vinegar
Grab a large spray bottle ( or your pump spray bottle ) and add the ingredients from the recipe you choose. Let the homemade substance sit on the moss and algae infested roof for 20 to 45 minutes, simply make sure to properly wet your home’s roof before adding the solution.
Now bring back the soft bristle brush and scrub the affected areas on the house; then rinse off the substance. (This also works to remove algae and moss from your home’s walls)
Do you want to prevent the moss on your roof from coming back? Have you wondered, what kills moss on roof? All you have to do is get strips of zinc or copper coated sheet metal installed onto your home’s roof; right beneath the top ridge on each side of your residential roof.
If this is a budget friendly upgrade to do then go with zinc strips for roofs, as it is much less expensive. The copper-coated sheets of metal are more effective towards the moss and algae, but also more costly.
If you really want to get hands on with this full project of adding zinc to your roof to prevent the moss from coming back, here is a quick way to get it done.
Purchase sheet metal in a roll, then proceed to untwine it and cut the metal into two to five inch wide strips. Then, place the pre-cut metal strips to the roof using roofing nails.
Want to know how to remove moss from roof naturally? This technique is also a natural moss killer for driveways.
The most powerful prevention from moss growing on your roof is the sunlight and with the sunny weather here in Miami & South Florida that should not be an issue. Use the eco-friendly approach and trim down any branches from nearby trees that are blocking sunlight to your roof. If moss removal has become a habit for you, this is a solution that will last for years.