Commonplace in gardens and woodlands around the UK, moss can at first seem like a harmless product of nature. From it’s soft texture to its emerald green hue, it wraps itself around and hugs rocks, trees and plants. Moss has also been a form of artistic material, being used to clothe sculpture and live plant walls in homes. However, though it may seem harmless, it can have a detrimental effect if it grows on the roof of your home. Below, we take a closer look at moss and explore why it should be removed if you notice it on your roof or in your gutters.
What is Moss and Why is it Good For Nature?
Though we warn you against moss growing on the roof of your home, moss is actually harmless in itself and protects the earth’s natural ecosystems. It has been estimated by The Woodland Trust that there are approximately 1,000 different species of moss growing on UK soil, and around 22,000 different species worldwide.
Moss is important ecologically as it helps to soak up rainfall and maintain a humid environment. What’s more, it is a home for invertebrates and critters like woodlice and slugs. Moss relies on damp conditions, which is why it can grow on the roofs of our homes and thrives in the often wet and windy UK climate. Moss, Algae, Liverworts and Lichens can add character, texture and beauty to our gardens. As mentioned above they are utilised in many art and interior installations, with more and more moss walls being a decorative item in urban city homes.
Why Moss is Bad for Home’s Exteriors
Despite its seemingly harmless appearance, moss can be a catalyst for roof damage. As mentioned above, moss soaks up rainfall and grows in damp environments. Whilst this means that it can act as a home for a wide range of bugs and garden creatures, it can become heavy with rainfall and lift up your roof shingles. This means that the bacteria can grow into your roof, creating holes and roof leaks.
It is no secret that roof leaks can be incredibly damaging to a home’s structure, inviting damp and potentially damaging the inner electrical workings of your home. This is why, if you notice moss growing on your roof shingles, then it is recommended that you remove the moss safely and efficiently yourself with a hose or by contacting a reputable roofing contractor.
Here at Kingdom Coatings, we pride ourselves on providing energy-efficient roof and wall coatings throughout Scotland, and our experts are no stranger to moss. We can help extend the life of your roof tiles as well as eliminate moss growth. To find out more about us, or to speak with a member of our team, simply contact us today.