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Moss on roof tiles...is it a problem?
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Old 14-10-2008, 9:13 AM
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Default Moss on roof tiles...is it a problem?

I was speaking to a friend yesterday who tells me she's spotted the roofs near her being scraped and all the moss cleaned off.

My roof has a fair bit of moss on it but I'd never thought about it much before tbh. Is this something that should be done for some practical reason or is just done because the roof looks better when it's cleaner?
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Old 14-10-2008, 9:16 AM
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Dont be tempted by "Rooftec" and the like, the mess is unbelievable
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Old 14-10-2008, 10:04 AM
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I've never even heard of them, lol.

One of my son's casual friends is a roofer so I'd likely ask him to do it, if it needed doing. I'm just not sure if it needs doing.

I've got a lot of jobs in and around the house to do so if it's something that is best done then I'll see to it, if it's purely for look, then it can wait.
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Old 14-10-2008, 12:20 PM
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The one place you do need to watch is if you have an L shaped roof with tiles in the valley rather than sheet lead. We had a problem where in very heavy rain, the moss build up in the valley was causing water to back up and go under the tile above. Fortunately for us the very nice roofing man we called to investigate the problem very quickly discovered what the problem was and fixed it without even charging us. Guess who is going to get the job when we get round to the couple of proper jobs we need doing on the roof!
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Old 14-10-2008, 5:33 PM
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I've just bought a house with a concrete tiled roof, and the little "balls" of moss have rolled down and blocked the gutter - so watch out for that. Otherwise, I don't think it's a particularly big deal....

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Old 14-10-2008, 6:00 PM
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About three years ago the house behind us had its roof scraped free of moss, power blasted and 'sealed'

Guess what?

It now looks just the same as the neighbour's roof which wasn't touched

Complete waste of money

We have an 'L' valley in our roof - I fitted gutter guard netting over the corner area - the moss now gets held above the gutter and mostly blows away when it has dried - not had overflowing at that corner anytime this year
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Old 14-10-2008, 7:59 PM
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as has already been said, this is a bit of a waste of time for most. if you have a valley gutter just make sure it's regularly cleared (Yearly). Unless the access to the roof is hideously expensive via built scaffold or cherry picker, when it would be an idea to clear any moss to save in the long term, no-one should need to scrape moss off their roof.
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