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Ever wonder why black streaks form on your roof keeping it from looking clean? Living in Florida means humidity, which causes a nourishing environment for mold. It doesn’t take much for mold, algae, and lichens to take hold of your roof and become a nuisance. We’ll go into more detail below about the different types of mold that can form on your roof and how it can affect the different materials on your roof.
Algae like GM(gloeocapsa magma)
One of the most common Algae that grow on your roof is GM. “Asphalt shingles contain limestone, which makes them heavy, durable and reflective.” That limestone is what Algae thrive on to grow and spread. They show in the form of black streaks on your roof. They aren’t very harmful, and most roofing institutes categorize them as aesthetic damage. So aside from bringing down curb appeal, you don’t have to worry about your health.
This harmless fungus usually grows alongside Algae. This power couple isn’t one you want on your shingles though. Lichens hold in moisture and spread quickly on the areas on your roof that are under shade. Once these little fungi take hold of your roof, they are not easy to remove. If you’re not careful removing the lichens will also remove the coating on your roof, that’s why it’s important to take care of this problem before it gets out of control and severely damages the integrity of your roof.
Moss can be transferred to your roof by the natural elements as well as animal traffic. This plant requires a lot of water to survive, but if it does, it can severely damage your roof and quicken the rate your roof deteriorates. Although it seems like an easy job for any homeowner to handle on their own, it’s essential to hire a professional to take care of this, so no further damage occurs.
There is also a possibility the moss may get under shingles and cause water damage inside your roof. Make sure that before moss gets out of control that you have someone come and safely remove it. Your roof can also be treated to help prevent algae, lichens, and mold from ever growing on your house in the first place.
Summing up how Algae, Lichens, and Moss can affect your roof.
Over time if these pesky algae, lichens, and moss are left unattended on your roof, they can start to cause real damage. They can speed up the deterioration of shingles and wood roofs. Moss is also able to get to the underlayment of your roof as well, which if it was not properly sealed can cause wood rot and mold inside your roof. The growth of these fungi and plants also creates food for bugs and animals which are likely to get into your house.
If you think you’re out of the woods because you have concrete roof tiles, then think again. Concrete is just as susceptible to mold as shingles and wood are. The mold can grab hold of the porous concrete and feed on the layer of dirt that collects on top of your roof.
Regular Roof Maintenance
Homeowners should make sure to schedule routine maintenance for their roof to prevent the overgrowth of algae, lichens, and moss. Typically removals consist of some anti-fungal solution and a pressure washer. We should you warn you though if you want to tackle removing everything by yourself. It can be slippery and dangerous on your roof when it comes to washing everything off. Depending on the slope and height of your roof a little tumble can mean a hospital visit.
Hiring a Professional Service
Hiring a professional service can save you time, money, and protect your health. Professional Cleaning services will provide their own equipment and solutions to rid your roof of algae and moss. With workers licensed to go on the roof, you don’t have to worry about any accidents that may happen. It’s also important to find a company that doesn’t use harmful chemicals to the environment. There are safe environmental solutions to rid your roof of fungi and plant.
To make sure your roof continues to stay protected, you can spray and seal shingle, wood, and concrete to help fight against regrowth. Scheduling regular maintenance to take care of your home has many pros:
- Insurance – Your insurance company will love to see you maintain your roof so when something does happen, they are less likely to set the fault on you.
- Curb Appeal – No one likes seeing those black streaks on the roof. Making sure your roof stays clean will ensure it’s beautiful appearance.
- Roof Durability – Algae, Lichens, and Mold can harm the integrity of your roof by causing the materials to rot and weather away faster.
What Makes A Pro Team
At Pro Team Home Services we offer professional roof cleaning on your schedule whether it be once a week or once a year. We make sure to give you our best customer service and to bring you the best quality help a company can provide. What makes Pro Team Home Services so different is that in one visit we can not only clean your roof, but we offer many other cleaning services for both the interior and exterior of your home.
Let us take care of the cleaning, so you have more time to do the things you want to do. There is no need to buy your own equipment and cleaning solutions. We provide all of the necessary tools to clean whatever you need. Our experienced team members also know the best ways to get rid of pesky stains that refuse to come up.