Santa Rosa Beach Roofing: Article About Pesticides For Wood Shingles
Homeowners who have wood shingles should strive to take care of them as well as possible. Because of their surface, wood shingles frequently risk damage from moss and insects, which may wear away at the structure until they get to the deck below, causing more extensive damage to the roof. It is important for property owners to take care of their shingles with the appropriate pesticide solutions. Santa Rosa Beach roofing experts may recommend one of these following pesticides, always urging homeowners to be cautious before they apply the solution to their rooftops. These pesticides should only be used in situations where abrasive sweeping may not be enough to remove the growth of moss. In such extensive cases of mossy growth, using pesticides with high pressure washers will yield the best results.
Zinc Sulfate is one of the most commonly used pesticides available. In order for it to be used effectively, roof specialists will mix 3 pounds of the powder form with 6 to 9 gallons of water. Once the mixture is homogeneous, it may be applied to the surface of the roof. Heavier concentrations may be mixed to deal with particularly bad growths of moss. A watering can or a gentle pump sprayer should be used. It is important to avoid using this mixture if the house has copper flashings or gutters as zinc sulfate will corrode the copper.
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Another pesticide option that homeowners will have is potassium or ammonia salts. These fatty, acid based soaps are biodegradable and capable of killing moss or other unwanted growths by penetrating their cell walls and changing the characteristics of the cell's membranes. These products are among the most highly recommended for use because they are noncorrosive and are the least hazardous to animals and people. Regardless, these compounds can still cause damage to plants and foliage, so it is important for homeowners to rinse the surrounding area thoroughly after applying them.
D limonene is another option. This colorless liquid is classified as a cyclic terpene. It is commonly listed as an active ingredient in many different types of cleaning solutions, especially those that are made to cut wax or grease. The liquid itself is distilled from citrus fruits, making it an organic compound that can be safe for the roof. The limonene compound by itself is actually used in several different beverages and foods and has been classified by the FDA as safe. Homeowners can apply it to their rooftops without having to worry about potential harm to humans or animals.