3 Step Guide To Safely Removing Vines Growing On Your Shingled Roof

Posted on: 23 February 2017

If you have ivy growing on your home's roof that has gotten out of control, you may worry that the vegetation may start breaking up the shingles. If you want to remove the ivy without causing further damage to your roof, use the three steps below.

Step 1:  Cover Any Important Plants Near Your House

During the first step, you need to cover any important plants that are growing along the side of your house. Since the white distilled vinegar you will be using on the ivy can harm foliage, you want to protect your favorite shrubs and flowers.

Cover your plants with thick plastic that is large enough to extend about a foot away from their edges. Then, place stones or bricks every couple of feet to keep the plastic in place while you work. Once everything has been covered, go on to the second step.

Step 2:  Spray The Ivy With White Distilled Vinegar

This step involves spraying the ivy with white distilled vinegar to burn the foliage, as well as kill the runner roots that may have attached themselves to your shingles. For this step, you will also need a garden hose with a sprayer attachment, as well as a ladder if you cannot reach the top of the eaves with the stream while standing on the ground.

Fill the sprayer attachment with straight vinegar, then attach it to the hose. Set the nozzle setting to a medium-light spray, then saturate the ivy. Depending on the amount of growth, you may need to refill the bottle halfway through.

Once you have saturated the foliage, let the vinegar work for an hour or two, preferably with direct sunlight shining on it to speed up the vinegar's absorption. Then, go to the third step.

Step 3:  Use A Lawn Rake To Remove The Dead Vines

After letting the vinegar soak into the ivy, the runners should be easy to pull away from the shingles without damaging them. To remove the dead vines, use a lawn rack with flexible tines. These will hook into the ivy without scratching the roof. 

After using the above guide, you may find that the ivy has caused breakage and deterioration of the shingles on your home. If so, you may want to contact a roofing repair service to have them come out and inspect your roof, as well as give you options for fixing the damage.