Those who have an asphalt shingle style roof, know that these types of roofs are prone to developing black streaks. The roofs will eventually develop long black streaks which not only makes the house look terrible but they also can lead to roofing deterioration and other problems. Big Moose Pressure Cleaning will share what those black streaks are and how you can have the black streaks removed safely and quickly.
What are Those Black Streaks on Your Roof?
When you see black streaks on your asphalt shingle roof, it is not dirt or mold that you are seeing. Instead, it is algae. The asphalt is made of a limestone filler that the algae feeds on. Each black streak on the roof is a colony of microorganisms that will grow and spread and take over the roof. Due to the humid climate in Georgia, algae is a common problem. Algae is spread by spores carried by animals or in the wind. Along with the humidity, spores can quickly develop into a full colony of algae. The black streaks or the algae, which is known as Gloeocapsa magma, thrive in the shade and most often develops on the north side of the roof or areas in constant shade.
Dangers of Gloeocapsa Magma Roof Mold
The black streaks on the roof aren’t just a cosmetic problem, but it also can lead to major roofing problems. As previously mentioned, the algae will feed on the asphalt shingles which will make the roof vulnerable. The granules of the asphalt will wear down and allow the underside of the shingles to be exposed to moisture. Internal roofing damages and roof leaks can become a major issue if the algae is left unchecked. It is very important to great rid of algae before it has time to damage your home’s roof.
How Do I Get Rid Of Algae & Stop it Growing on My Roof Again?
As black streaks are a common problem in Georgia, it is important to prevent and get rid of those black streak on your roof when you first notice them. Preventing and getting rid of algae on your roof is fairly simple. All you need do is schedule a routine pressure cleaning. Pressure cleaning can not only clean the roof but other surfaces of your home as well. By keeping the roof cleaned off at least once a year, you will prevent algae from ever developing on your roof. When black streaks have taken over your roof, a pressure cleaning service can get rid of the algae. The power of the pressure cleaning machine can deep clean the asphalt shingles and without damaging them. Pressure cleaning will not only get rid of the black streaks or algae, but it can also remove lichens, mosses and other microorganisms that will try to overtake your roof.
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Roof repair or replacement is very expensive, so it only makes sense that you will want to keep your home’s roof healthy. Soft wash roof cleaning can help prevent algae and other damages from occurring on your roof and other areas of your home. When you need to remove or prevent black streaks on your roof or clean other areas around your home, contact Big Moose Pressure Cleaning today.