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Outdoor livable space is a popular trend. You can set up an outdoor seating area, outdoor kitchen or outdoor dining space. This allows you to entertain guests outside or host a larger party than what your home can hold. This trend inspired my wife and I to build our own outdoor livable space. However, one of the biggest decisions we faced was what the base for our space would be. We could use concrete, lay pavers or construct a deck. After doing a lot of research, we decided on a deck. It was a challenging decision, but we are pleased with the outcome. In fact, we are so happy we decided to start this blog and help educate other people on decks and livable spaces. Learn the benefits, learn the downside, learn how to care for your and learn what kinds of wood are best for an outdoor deck.

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Create a Livable Outdoor Space by Adding a Deck

Dealing With Moss Damage On A Wooden Roof

by Kelly Simmons

Cedar shingles can help to give your home a rustic or cottage look. Allowing moss to grow on your roof can further capitalize on the rustic charm, but at what cost? Moss will hold moisture against your roof, and thus promote rot. If you notice that moss is starting to grow on your roof, you will need to take steps to remove it.

Removing Moss

As long as moss has a chance to dry out, it should not be that hard to remove. Moss likes cool damp places, so if you have low-hanging limbs that cover your entire roof or a portion of your roof, you will want to cut these branches back. The north side of your roof is another likely place for moss to build up out of the direct rays of the sun.

If you have cut tree limbs back, and the moss on your roof is still not drying out, spray the moss with an oxygen bleach solution. Avoid chlorine bleach, because it can drip off of your roof and pose a danger for pets and plants below. Once the moss has dried out, sweep it off of your roof with downward strokes from a broom. Avoid upward strokes that can catch the bottom edge of a shingle and cause damage.

Preventing Future Moss Invasions

If you live in a humid area and have north-facing portions of your roof, moss may try to start invading your roof as soon as you remove the first invasion. In order to protect your roof for the long run, you should install strips of zinc flashing along the ridge line of your your roof. As water hits this flashing, it will form metal salts that will then coat your roof and act as a natural herbicide. You will not see the layer of herbicide, so it will not affect the look of your home, but it will, nonetheless, help to keep your roof free of moss growth. 

A moss invasion is something that you should be able to take care of on your own. The key when removing moss is to make sure that you give the moss a chance to dry out completely before you try to remove it; otherwise, it can hang stubbornly onto your roof. Once you have removed the moss, you need to take steps to ensure that it doesn't start growing in again. With a little preventative maintenance, you can completely eliminate the risk that moss poses to your roof.

For more information, contact a prfoessional business, such as the Durable Roofing Company.

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