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Residential Metal Roofing: Is It Right for Me?

When the contractor delivered the sad news that my roof needed replacing, that led to a discussion of material choices. I was surprised to hear that metal roofing was an option. Sure, it was fine for commercial buildings, but a home? My contractor told me that metal is used for homes more than people realize. The panels can be designed to look like just about any type of roofing you can imagine. After looking at some samples and finding out about the long life of metal roofs, I decided to give it a try. Fifteen years later, my roof is still in great shape. If you are facing a roof replacement in the near future, let me tell you more about metal roofing. I'm betting that you'll decide this solution is right for your home.

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Moss On The Roof? Oh No! Here's How To Handle It

by Kelly Murphy

If you're seeing green when you look up at your roof, that's not good news! Chances are, the greenery is moss. Its short, barely existent roots allow it to grow on and between shingles where other plants would surely languish. Moss is not just ugly, either. It can cause your shingles to break down prematurely, leading to leaks and the need for extensive roof repairs. Don't just ignore the moss and hope it goes away on its own. Take action with the following moss eradication steps.

Step 1: Moisten the roof.

The moss will be easier to remove when its roots are moist. You can wait until after a rain shower to start the removal process, or you can moisten the moss yourself by spraying the roof with a garden hose. If you have a very large roof, you'll want to opt for the hose method and wet only one section of the roof at a time so you can climb up on the still-dry sections safely. On smaller roofs where you can pretty much reach the peak from your ladder, you can wet the whole roof at once.

Step 2: Scrape off the moss.

The goal here is to scrape off as much moss as possible without scraping off the shingles. Start with a kitchen broom, as these tend to be pretty gentle. Rub it back and forth over the moss, loosening the moss and then sweeping it off the roof. If there are stubborn chunks of moss that don't respond to the broom, you can use the end of the broom to push them off more aggressively. Just don't scrape too roughly against the shingles, as you don't want to damage them.

Step 3: Spray the roof with bleach water.

There may still be some little bits of moss and moss root matter left after you've swept the roof. To kill and keep the moss from growing back, fill up a big garden sprayer container with a 50/50 mixture of laundry bleach and water. (Use plain, regular concentration laundry bleach, not the super-concentrated or gel kind). Spray the roof starting at the peak and working your way down.

Step 4: Address any shade issues.

If there are any tree branches shading your roof, cutting them back will help keep the moss from growing back. This is because moss loves shade, but won't last long in the sun.  If the overhanging branches are large, be sure to hire a professional to trim them for you as they may cause damage if they fall onto your roof.

For more information, contact Ray's Accurate Roofing or a similar company.