Asphalt shingles, wood shakes, clay and concrete tiles, and even metal roofing are favorite hangouts for moss, particularly the north-facing portions of a roof that receive less direct sunlight. Moss growth can cause more than just cosmetic issues. Because it traps moisture against the surface of a roof, if left unchecked moss can dramatically shorten the lifespan of your roof.
Here are a few important reasons not to ignore moss growth on your roofing in NJ:
1. Because moss retains water like a sponge, it keeps the roof surface continually wet and causes the roofing material to deteriorate faster. Left alone to grow and spread, moss will typically shorten the life of a roof by at least 10 years.
2. The spread of moss roots can lift the edges of shingles, allowing water to seep underneath and cause leaks.
3. When water on a roof freezes during the winter months, it expands and damage to the surface is worsened.
4. A mossy roof looks unsightly, lowering the curb appeal and overall value of your home.
Many homeowners are not aware that roof growth such as moss can void a roof warranty! However, you can keep moss at bay with preventative maintenance, saving additional time and money down the road. If moss has become a concern for you, Up and Above Contractors can complete a comprehensive inspection of your roof and recommend the best ways to preserve and extend its life. Call us today at (973) 300-0636.