There are a lot of misconceptions floating around as to why roof shingles turn black. Here are a few facts about what is really going on with your dirty roof.
Why Roof Shingles Turn Black
Even if a roof has “fungus resistant shingles,” the fungus protection applied by the manufacturer can start to deteriorate within as little as 2-3 years after installation. After that, staining will begin to appear within six months.
If left untreated, the Algae and fungus growing on your roof shingles will leave behind black streaks and stains that will continue to spread across your roof.
Algae and fungi multiply by airborne microscopic spores and germinate. Roof algae and fungus feed on organic matter such as asphalt and decompose and will eventually destroy the material they feed off of.
The Algae and Fungus Growth on Your Roof Could be Costing You Money
When you have algae and fungus growth on your roof, the temperatures under your roof becomes hotter. This will increases your monthly AC costs. Studies have shown that there is a reduction of under-roof temperatures, anywhere from 10 – 20 degrees once roof algae and fungus have been removed by a professional roof cleaning service, such as ROOF REAL CLEAN.
Some home owners have seen utility savings of up to $20-$25 per month simply from having a professional roof cleaning. You will also notice a difference in your electric bill if the change in your attic temperature reduces the temperature in your living space by just 3-4 degrees. The bottom line is that cleaning your roof actually saves you money!
Increased granule loss due to roof algae and fungus growth will also shorten the lifespan of your roof and if left untreated, will require you to replace your roof prematurely. The cost of maintaining your roof by having a roof cleaning will be a lot less than what you will end up paying to replace your roof!
Fungus and Algae Allergies
Algae, fungus and mold spores can be tracked into your home. This breeding ground could cause individuals with allergies some serious health problems.
How to Get Rid of Fungus and Algae on Your Roof
Everyone seems to have a different opinion about how to get rid of roof algae and fungus growth. Some owners believe that roof cleaning utilizing high pressure is the best way to clean your roof. Nothing could be further from the truth!
High pressure wash can damage roof shingles and cause granule loss, shortening the life of your roof. The granules on your shingles are your home’s heat-reflective protection. Granule loss is avoided by a low pressure wash roof cleaning such as the roof cleaning service offered by ROOF REAL CLEAN.
The professionals at ROOF REAL CLEAN never use high pressure to remove the ugly black streaks and stains on your roof. They use a low pressure wash along with an eco-friendly and bio-degradable roof shampoo that won’t damage your shingle or the surrounding vegetation around your home.
ROOF REAL CLEAN offers low pressure wash roof cleaning services in the following Northern Virginia cities:
- Fairfax, VA roof cleaning
- Fairfax Station, VA roof cleaning
- Springfield, VA roof cleaning
- Falls Church, VA roof cleaning
- Annandale , VA roof cleaning
- Oakton, VA roof cleaning
- Mclean, VA roof cleaning
- Centreville, VA roof cleaning
- Vienna, VA roof cleaning
- Burke, VA roof cleaning
- Clifton, VA roof cleaning
- Alexandria, VA roof cleaning
- Arlington, VA roof cleaning
We also offer a ‘one year warranty’ on our roof cleaning services as well as a roof maintenance program. For a FREE low pressure wash roof cleaning quote, please give ROOF REAL CLEAN a call today at (703) 973-1619. Ask for “Mauricio.”
Customer satisfaction is our top priority!