Algae is one of the leading causes of roof damage and shingle deterioration in coastal homes. As green and black algae forms on your roof, it shortens the lifespan of the shingles leading to premature roof replacement. Coastal houses are very vulnerable to roof problems due to factors that inland houses do not face like salt air and ocean breezes.
Fungus On Roof
Fungus is an algae that is dark brown, green or black in colors and causes streaking on roof shingles. At times these streaks are thought to be things like soot, dirt, or moss, which is usually a mistake. Areas that are warmer with high humidity levels are more likely at risk. This makes coastal houses a prime target for algae accumulation on coastal roofs.
Can I Clean My Roof?
Yes, you can clean your roof, but some methods of cleaning can cause unnecessary wear to the shingles. Pressure washing or using harsh chemicals can wash away the roofs protective coating not to mention damage the environment. Many of today’s higher quality shingles have an algae-resistant barrier built-in. This barrier helps protect the roof from the unsightly streaks and maintenance hassles caused by algae.
For example, many of CertainTeed’s asphalt shingles are available with the algae-resistant Streak-Fighter feature. The company indicates that a specific raw material protects its Streak-Fighter shingles from the streaking and discoloration of airborne algae. Look for it on the company’s wood-shake and slate-style shingles.
Check your roof regularly for steaks from algae. When you see algae starting to develop, it’s time to get it cleaned before it gets any worse. Purchase a roof cleaning product to clean your roof or hire a roofing professional who can do this for you. When it becomes time to replace the roofing shingles, check out your options for a shingle with algae protection.
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