Moss is a beautiful plant, often luxuriantly rich green, soft and spongy to the touch, and important to the ecosystems where it lives. It's also a major problem for your roof. Moss is a green leafy plant but unlike most it has no root system so it likes to grow in cool, moist shady areas on hard surfaces. Those hard surfaces can include your roof and a lush growth of moss can look great but if left to grow unchecked it brings its own set of problems. For a start moss doesn't just feel spongy, it is spongy. Moss soaks up liquid so well that it has been used as a dressing for wounds. The catch is that just like a sponge it then holds that water which means your roof is wetter for longer. It can even become a great place for other plants to root in which means that you get a garden growing on top of your roof. Pretty perhaps, in an enchanted forest sort of way, but a nightmare for your shingles. With water no longer running off properly it can collect and find its way through your roof. Plus the moss growth itself can distort shingles and force them apart. Simply put it looks great but it's a pest and you need to get rid of it for the sake of your roof. CL Window Washing Service can do that for you and do it in a number of ways.
There are chemical products on the market that promise to nuke moss and its blue green cousin algae. In some cases chemicals are the right way to go, particularly for getting into hard to access ridges and grooves. But there are environmental downsides to chemicals not least that any run off is going straight into your garden. Which is why you want to know that the people doing the job have taken that into consideration and can advise you on the best way to go. CL Window Washing Service are those people.
We are experts in pressure hosing, so we're perfectly placed to tell you just how great pressure cleaning is. However unlike those YouTube videos and adverts on the TV we know that pressure cleaning isn't always the answer. The catch with heavy moss is that if it has already started to lift and separate shingles then pressure cleaning, although undoubtedly spectacular, can just make the problem of water ingress a whole lot worse. Which is why you need to talk to the experts at CL Window Washing Service who can assess the status of your roof (and your moss), decide what pressures would work (if any) and make the call of whether pressure hosing is a solution or a world of new problems in the making.
Soft Washing and Hand Removal
If our cleaning technicians decide that pressure hosing and chemical herbicides are not the right solution for your home then it's a case of hand removal and soft washing of your roof. If we were a slash and burn operation we wouldn't waste our time with that because pressure hosing is easily the fastest way in the short term. Thing is that CL Window Washing Service cares about keeping its customers happy year in year out. So if we think it's the right thing we will remove all that moss by hand.
Any moss removal with CL Window Washing Service is immediately followed by a gutter cleaning because whatever technique was used to get the moss off the gutters will be clogged with moss and moss spores ready to grow new plants.