Moss – a rather serious issue and your great enemy, since it soaks up water, creates wetness and is prone to destroy your roof shingles. To avoid greater costs, react ASAP and remove the moss from your roof. DNB Construction’s team explains what you should do step-by-step to efficiently get rid of the menacing moss.
Collect the moss removal tools. Your first step is to prepare the adequate equipment and tools for the moss removal procedure. What you have to use is a ladder, garbage bag, special hose, moss-cleaner without bleach from the store, or DIY cleaner with mild bleach and detergent, water that is put in a spray bottle.
Find assistants for the moss removal procedure. Call your family members or neighbors to assist you, especially while you go up on the roof. If you are among those who are afraid of heights, some help and friendly assistance will encourage you for the next moss removal steps.
Place the ladder adequately to be secure and put a garbage bag on it for the next steps.
Mount on your roof. Carefully check the roof and mark the areas with the moss. Spray the moss with the DIY cleaner or the store-bought one. Wait for some time for the moss sprays to react. 15-20 minutes are the most optimal period.
Rinse the moss step-by-step with the low-pressure garden hose. Watch out to rinse all of the cleaners you sprayed on not to damage your roof’s shingles. If some of the moss remained, lift it carefully off the roof’s shingles by hand and put it in the garbage bag which you have already prepared.
Inspect your roof again to see if all of the moss is removed. However, if there is some of it still on the shingles, consult the professionals not to damage your roof. Pay attention not to use scrubbing, pressure washing, or harsh chemicals that will damage the shingles and create leaks.
If you doubt your ‘moss removal expertise’ and think that it is not going to be satisfactory, DNB Construction’s experienced team of roofers is ready to do the moss removal work for you. Don’t let the moss win and cause greater damage to both your roof and your wallet. Consult with us.
What really differs one roof from another? How to make your house stand out in the neighborhood? The answers are rather simple: choose carefully your roof shingles, their type, material, and color to make your house recognizable. Moreover, the best roof shingles quality will ensure the longevity of your roof. We all know that roofing works are a serious investment, so always think about the price of the installation as well. DNB Construction’s experienced professional roofers described the roof shingles’ kinds with their basic characteristics to help you go for the most suitable ones.
1. Tile shingles. They come in a couple of different shapes and lighter colors, whereas their cost is $300-$700 for a roofing square. This roofing square equals 100 square feet. If you opt for tile shingles, calculate overall installation costs between $10,000 and $14,000. With a common lifespan of around 80 years, these shingles are presented as expensive, but endurable.
2. Asphalt shingles. If you want the possibility to choose among numerous shingles’ styles, sizes, and to save money on energy bills, this type is the right choice since it complies with the energy standards. But, if you are a resident of a place with a changeable temperature, think twice. Many asphalt shingles can damage or crack in sudden temperature fluctuations. However, asphalt shingles come in 3 types:
a) Organic asphalt shingles. Firstly, made with wood chips, paper, or recycled cardboard, they were considered to be inexpensive, waterproof, and heavier than fiberglass shingles. Their lifespan was shorter and they were regarded as ‘felt mat asphalt shingles’. Nowadays, we know that they are prone to saturation and moisture. This leads to serious issues and faster degradation and cracking.
b) Fiberglass shingles. These shingles are produced from a fiberglass base mat. Apart from being layered with a special waterproof coating, they are durable, fire-resistant, affordable, and lightweight. Fiberglass shingles must be resistant to UV rays and have a long warranty.
c) Architectural vs. 3-tab. The main difference is in the installation costs. While you have to give from $3,800 to $8,000 for the architectural shingles, 3-tab shingles will cost you $2,300 to $5,300. The first ones are not made with cutouts and contain extra asphalt which gives them many curves. Additionally, architectural shingles aren’t a good choice for roofs with low slopes although they are waterproof. Compared with them, the second ones are cheaper and have certain cutouts that run along the shingle’s bottom edge which looks as if 3 different shingles are installed.
3. Wood shingles. Their price range is in between the asphalt and tile shingles since the average cost is from $400 to $700 for a square of roofing. In addition, the wood shingles installation is estimated to cost from $7,000 to $15,000. Wood shingles are environmentally friendly and energy-efficient. Also, they are durable, long-lasting to 50 years, and available in redwood and cedar. The greatest flaw is that they can easily catch fire, much more than other shingle kinds.
4. Slate shingles. They can be green, grey, red, or black. Their characteristics are the best ones when damage or water resistance is in question. In addition, slate shingles are great for winter temperatures. They are pricey, one square of roofing goes from $200 to $650, and the total installation costs may be $5,000 to $23,000. These shingles are rather expensive to repair and very heavy. Therefore, the best solution is to consult a professional roofing company to deal with slate shingles reparation.
5. Metal Shingles. They are affordable and last up to 50 years since they can be made from zinc, copper, tin, aluminum, or a low-galvanized metal. The worst thing is that they get noisy during rain or hair. Therefore, you need to pay from $100 to $1,000 for a square of roofing, and $2,000 to $15,000 for the entire installation.
Shingles add to the roof’s lasting and the house’s visual look. It’s important to opt for the most convenient ones regarding their lifespan, material, color, and price. We are DNB Construction, a professional roofing company whose employees are ready to answer all your questions and solve dilemmas. Feel free to consult us at 301-362-7663.