A warm, moist environment, such as your roof, is the perfect breeding ground for all kinds of bacteria – mold, mildew, algae, fungi, lichen, and moss. Besides being unsightly, these growths can also cause uplifting and decomposition of your shingles. The good news is, most of these microorganisms and stains can be safely removed with soft washing!
What are those black streaks on my roof? You may think it’s caused from dirt or soot from your chimney, but it’s actually algae called Gloeocapsa magma. It’s not preventable, but can be cleaned and removed for a period of time. This type of algae feeds on limestone filler in asphalt shingles. Some newer shingles are manufactured with a copper granules which prevent algae from forming.
While these dark streaks are unattractive, the greatest danger to your roof is the root formation that algae and other growths can cause. The best way to prevent this?
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