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Colorado Springs Roofing: Article About Moss and Lichens Roof Growth

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Homes located in areas that have cool and damp weather periodically are likely to experience moss and lichens growth. While it might be tempting for homeowners to simply scrub the growth off the top of their roofs, this will do very little to keep the moss and lichens from coming back. It's important for homeowners to know why these types of growths appear on their roofs and why hiring Colorado Springs roofing professionals is the best way to get rid of it.

While moss and lichens tend to grow on homes located in areas with cool, damp weather, they also require the roofs to receive very little sunlight. The more sunlight a roof gets, the less moss and lichens growth the homeowner will see. This is why roofs that located under trees or areas that don't receive much sunlight are prime candidates for this type of growth.

While moss and lichens may seem like nothing more than a cosmetic issue, the growth can cause severe damage to roofing materials such as asphalt and wood shingles. The growth keeps water from properly draining off the roof, causing damage to the shingles over time. The more moss and lichens on a roof, the faster the shingles become worn out. In areas that commonly see freezing temperatures, this growth can increase the frost damage that occurs to roofs.

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When homeowners notice moss and lichen growth on their roofs, their first reaction is to scrub it off. This is not only dangerous because it requires the homeowner to get on top of the roof, but it also does very little to keep the growth from coming back. Roofs have to be properly treated with certain chemicals to prevent the regrowth of moss and lichens. Since the use of chemicals can be dangerous, it's always recommended that residents hire professionals to do the job.

Another reason why homeowners should call professionals is because they don't know what kind of damage has been done to their roofs. The growth of organic substances can cover the surface of the roof, making it difficult to see the damage that has been done. Removing the moss may strip the roofing deck of its shingles. When this happens, it's often a sign that the homeowner needs a new roof. Professionals are to determine if the damage is limited to one area or if the whole roof is damaged. If the damage is only in one area, the homeowner might be able to get away with just replacing the affected shingles.

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