Control the Growth of Moss with Copper Roofing Control the Growth of Moss with Copper Roofing

What You'll Need
Tri-sodium Phosphate
Copper Sheets
Tin Snips
Hand Gloves
Putty Knife

Copper roofing is a widely preferred roofing form as it adds value to your house by making your roof more functional and aesthetically appealing. This type of roofing also increases your home's longevity, gives it a greater recycle value than traditional roofing and is resistant to atmospheric deterioration. Roofs of houses constructed in damp environments often suffer from moss growth rising from nearby tree branches or possible vegetation. Copper acts as a natural preventative against fungus or moss, not allowing them to cause any destruction or degradation. Controlling moss with copper roofing involves the installation of copper strips, which is a moderately easy process requiring little technical know-how. Follow the simple steps below to complete this project on your own.


Step 1: Remove the Moss and Cut the Copper

Do not attempt to access your rooftop or continue with your installation project under an inappropriate weather (icy or windy weather). Also ensure that the ladder you use to climb up to your roof is reliable and is preferably being held by someone from the base.

Use a combination of materials easily available at your local home improvement store (bleach, a gallon of water along with ¼-cup of tri-sodium phosphate) to get rid of possible moss existent on your rooftop. Also purchase some copper sheets from your nearest local roofing supply store, and use tin snips to cut them into 4 fairly long strips. Ideally, each strip should be about 8 inches in width and 10 feet in length. Wear hand gloves during this step to protect your hands.

Step 2: Loosen the Shingles

Locate the shingles found right below your roof’s ridge, and slide through a putty knife beneath them. Try to loosen (but not untie) the self sealing tabs of the shingles to make some space for the copper strips to be installed.

Step 3: Insert the Copper Strips

Once the space has been created, insert your copper strips. Push them through the shingles until you can feel their surface touching the nails that are fastened to the respective shingles. For the copper roofing to work effectively, leave about 2 inches of the strip exposed on your roof, or else moss control might not be as functional as expected.

Step 4: Nail Your Strips

After the strips have been installed, use your hammer to nail the strip into your roof after about every 4 feet or so. Nail them an inch from the back side of the strips so as to allow the shingles to fully cover the nails. Proceed by bringing the subsequent copper strip in line with the last one, and install every next strip the way you installed the first one. Lastly, keep in mind the length of your strips as you work, and cover both respective sides of your roof’s ridge. Cut out more strips if necessary.

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