Roof algae, commonly known as Gloeocapsa, make up the black stains on your roof, which can be cleaned with professional service. The black stains are also very likely to harbor a number of molds or fungi. Unlike algae, the fungi on our roofs lack chlorophyll and cannot manufacture food from raw materials. The algae must get nutrition from some form of organic matter. To thrive, they also require a warm, humid environment. Fungi typically begin their life cycle as an airborne spore that settles on roofs.
The spores on the roof's northern exposure stand a better chance of survival because that portion of the roof is the last part to dry after a rain or morning dew. This raises the humidity on the shingle's surface, thus creating a perfect feeding and breeding ground. The tar used in roofing is fossilized, dead organic matter, and an important food source for fungi. Asphalt, at the granule base, is normally consumed first. Once these granules dislodge, accelerated deterioration of the roof itself will occur.
Ceramic granules represent the hard outer shell that protects against hail and other falling debris. Ceramic granules protect against damaging UV radiation and insulate the roof against extreme heat. So you can understand that their dislodgement by the growing fungal colonies can be detrimental to our roofs' longevity. Surprisingly, the blue-green algae are also food for the fungi. If the growth area is left untreated, the stains will spread, causing more of an issue. Over time this bacteria will cause the material to decay and result in premature failure possibly.
Why should I be concerned if my roof has Ugly Stains?
Roof stains diminish the value and beauty of your home:
Roof staining is unsightly, embarrassing, and can diminish the overall beauty and value of your home. Nearly 50% of the total view of your house is the roof! Even an attractive and well cared for property can't conceal this eyesore. If you have an ugly roof, it shows!
Roof stains are costing you money on your gas and electric bill:
Studies prove that the darkening effect caused by roof stains trap excessive heat under the roof, in some cases as much as 25 degrees. This unwanted heat shortens shingle life, increases air conditioning bills, and adds to personal discomfort.
A dirty roof could stop you from selling your home:
Do you plan on selling your home? A functional yet badly stained roof will raise doubts with potential homebuyers, real estate agents, and home inspectors. Far too many roofs are replaced just because they look bad. Simply put, a stained and darkened roof is assumed to be worn out. Cleaning your roof before you list your home could save you thousands of dollars!
Helps your roof function properly:
Your roof is a massive collector of dust, dirt, smog, and other air pollutants. You may have noticed this black material on lawn furniture, decks, siding, and awnings. This grime must be removed if your roof is to look its best and function properly!
Roof cleaning is a fast and affordable project with dramatic results:
There are very few low-cost home improvement projects that can offer dramatic benefits quickly. Roof cleaning is one of them. When done correctly, the results are excellent!
Our South Shore Roof Cleaning Provides the Following Services
- Epoxy Floor Painting
- Concrete Epoxy Painting
- Garage Floor Covering
- Garage Floor Coating
- Roof Cleaning
- Garage Roof Cleaning
- Roof Cleaning
- Epoxy Floor Covering
- Epoxy Floor Coating
- Concrete Epoxy Staining