Remove Moss From A Tool Shed’s Shingle Roof

Moss is a flowerless, green plant that often grows in moist areas. If your tool shed's shingle roof is located in an area that is prone to wet conditions on a regular basis, you may have noticed moss growing on portions of the roofing materials. Eliminating moss will prevent excessive weight from being placed on the shingles, which could result in damage. Once you have finished, attach a zinc strip to the top of the roof to help keep the shingles protected. Remove all traces of moss with the following steps.


  • ladder
  • water hose
  • rake with plastic-coated tines
  • plastic putty knife
  • bucket
  • vinyl tarps
  • spray bottle
  • bleach
  • soft-bristled scrub brush
  • measuring tape
  • roll of zinc tape
  • utility knife
  • hammer
  • roofing nails

Eliminate The Moss

Carry a bucket, water hose, rake with plastic tines, and plastic putty knife up a ladder that is set up next to the tool shed. Use the water hose to soak the moss spots for several minutes so that they soften. Gently move a rake with plastic tines through the moss spots to lift them away from the roofing materials. Place the moss pieces in the bucket. If any spots are too difficult to remove with the rake, lift them from the shingles with the tip of a plastic putty knife. Rinse the roof off when finished to remove any moss fragments that remain on the shingles. 

Remove Surface Stains

If the moss left behind unsightly stains on some of the shingles, add equal amounts of bleach and water to a spray bottle. Cover the ground that is next to the shed with vinyl tarps so that the bleach mixture does not come into contact with plants, shrubs, or grass. Spray the stains with the cleaning solution. Wait a few minutes for the solution to loosen the stains. Move a soft-bristled scrub brush over the shingles to speed up the cleaning process. Rinse the roof off when finished.

Install A Piece Of Zinc Tape

Purchase a roll of zinc tape. Measure the length of the tool shed's roof. Unroll the tape and use a utility knife to cut a piece that is the same length. Place the tape underneath the top row of shingles. Secure it by using a hammer to drive nails through the length of it. Your shed's roof will retain its appearance and you will not need to worry about moss forming on the shingles. The zinc that is in the tape will roll down the roof and protect the shingles whenever it rains. The roof tape will last for several years and will provide protection throughout each season. For professional help, contact local roofing contractors for pricing.