Tameside Handyman Services
Roof Moss Removal Service
Why You Need to Have Moss Removed, and Quickly!
Moss is one of the perennial problems that householders experience, yet many do not realise the problems it can cause. Left unattended, moss on a roof – where you are most likely to find it growing – can cause genuine, expensive damage, so it is necessary to get rid of it when you first see it beginning to take hold.
What problems can moss cause, and how do you get rid of it? Let’s have a look at the first question, and then we’ll talk about the best ways to remove moss from your roof.
The Problems Caused By Moss
Moss grows very easily, and very quickly, and likes roof tiles as they offer the perfect position for it to thrive. If you have ever handled or stood on moss, you will know it has a ‘spongy’ feel. Moss easily absorbs water – it is designed to do so in order that it can grow quickly and readily – so if you have it on your roof, the tiles underneath will be permanently wet.
This is the first problem associated with moss; wet roof tiles mean the damp will undoubtedly seep into the areas underneath. If the damp gets onto the wooden elements of your roof construction, they will certainly rot if it is not attended to, so you need to have that checked carefully or you may be in for some very expensive repairs.
With the traditional pitched roof, the purpose is largely so that rain water runs away into the guttering. If moss is in its path, the water may pool or be absorbed into the moss, exaggerating the above problem. Also, moss has a habit of falling into and blocking drains and gutters, which can also lead to expensive removal and repairs.
So, we’ve seen the problems that moss can cause, how do you go about removing it?
Getting Rid of Moss
First, what you need to do if you see moss taking a hold on your roof – or anywhere else – is get rid of it as quickly as possible. It does grow fast, and will soon settle into its chosen place. If you can reach, you can gently scrape or brush away the moss, but be careful if you have to walk on your roof.
You can also buy moss killing chemicals that do work, but they can contaminate the ground water if they are flushed down the drain, and may also kill other plants they come into contact with.
The best idea is to get in touch with me. I will clean the area using the right equipment – if that is what is required – and will have a close look at the situation to get a good idea of the best way of removing your troublesome moss.
It pays to get me in, and it could mean the difference between paying to have moss removed, and paying for expensive repairs to the roof and your home.
Some example prices are shown below.
Please note that all jobs need to be assessed and measured before a fixed quote can be provided.
At this time we only do a maximum height of TWO storey buildings.
Semi DETACHED roof
Four Bed Detatched
MOSS – A LOT of issues are caused by moss growing on your roof.
Now not all of you will have it but some will.
You can clearly see it from ground level.
This will detach and fall down your roof and go straight into the gutters.
Birds and weather will help speed this process.
All adding to the speedy blockage of your gutters.
You could just keep paying to have your gutters cleared OR you could get me to remove the moss.
I do NOT go onto the roof. Its not safe and it also has potential to crack tiles/slate.
I use a specialist profiled scraper.
When it is all clear I empty all your gutters.
I clean the mess on the ground.
Then, and most importantly I treat all your roof with a Biocide-softwash.
This wash will kill off whatever I missed in the scrape and again more importantly it will continue to kill spores and keeps your roof clear for SO MUCH LONGER.
It is not cheap ( I suppose that term is relative) but in the long run it will save your roof getting a green damp blanket.
It will reduce the blockages and potential damage caused by it clogging your gutters.
Furthermore it will look better.
IMPORTANT PLEASE READ ! :-
For most jobs there will be two of us in attendance.
When we start the work and until we complete it is VITAL that NO-ONE enters or leaves the building that is being cleaned except in an emergency.
The reason we say this is for your health and safety.
When we are clearing/scraping moss it will fall to the floor and whilst this will not harm you it can be very unpleasant.
That said our scraper could cause some very serious damage to property and more importantly you or other persons if we were to accidentally drop it.
In addition to people we require that vehicles are moved from the near vicinity for similar reasons.
Furthermore, when we start the soft wash process it is even more imperative that no people or pets are below.
These are chemicals when all said and done and can have very harmful effects!
The area will only be safe when we say it is!