Why Are Plants Growing On My Roof?

Have you recently noticed algae, mold, moss or even plants growing on your roof? Wondering how exactly that happens? How you can prevent it from happening in the future? What kind of damage can it cause to your roof? Today, Timberman Roofing in the Florida Panhandle will be discussing why plants may be growing from your roof, how it happens and how you can prevent it in the future. Have additional questions? Interested in our roofing services? For any of your needs, simply reach out to your roofing company nearby.

How Plants Grow On Your Roof

Did you know that leaves, dust and other debris can actually turn into the perfect rooftop compost, the ideal place for seeds and plants to grow? Mold, mildew and algae can also be common.

When compost begins to form on the roof and harbors moisture, it creates the perfect environment for plant growth. Roofs with poor draining are especially at risk, making sure that drains and gutters are clear is highly important, when blocked by debris, water won’t drain properly, increasing moisture on your roof, increasing the risk of plant growth.

Once germinated and growing, plants can actually quickly damage the roof, leading to leaks and other damage that can end up being quite costly.

How to Prevent Plant Growth On Your Roof

When it comes to plant growth on your roof, there are certainly preventative measures you can take to avoid it, including:

  1. Routine roof inspections: the warranty of your roof often requires annual inspections and for good reason, even minor problems can quickly become a massive problem, this includes plant growth. When caught early, a plant can be easily removed before the roots begin to destroy your roof. If you notice any signs of plant life on your roof, an inspection is highly recommended.

  2. Roof cleaning: making sure that your roof is clean of debris is highly important, we recommend getting your roof cleaned at least once a year, if not twice. There are many companies with the experience, tools and knowledge to keep your roof clean.

  3. Roof maintenance: if you have trees near your roof, it is highly recommended you keep them trimmed and well taken care of, this can reduce the number of leaves, seeds, nuts and other debris.

Schedule A Florida Panhandle Roof Inspection Today

Think you may have plant growth on your roof? Possibly other damage? Interested in a roof inspection in Valparaiso or the surrounding Florida Panhandle areas? Contact Timberman Roofing today to get started, we’d be happy to get you on our schedule for an appointment.