Why You Need To Clean Your Roof

Roof half cleanYou need to keep your roof clear of the buildup of algae, moss, lichen colonies, fungus, leaves and pine straw that occurs over time with seasonal changes. This kind of buildup occurs naturally on the surface of asphalt shingle roofs. 

Buildup of Algae, Moss, lichen colonies, Fungus, pine straw can shorten the life span of your asphalt shingles as well as other forms of roofing materials. The granules that hold important UV protectors and silica that help to create binding agents are attacked and weakened over time by the root systems of invasive forms of miniature plant life and other factors.

Most of the streaking and staining homeowners see on shingle roofs are caused by algae called Gloeocapsa Magma, which is a roof eating plant life. It will continue to eat, breed and reproduce until you get rid of it.

What Causes Blackened Roofs?

Blackened roofs are actually the residual buildup of carcasses that have formed, which leaves black conical streaks on the “wet side of the roof.” The “WET” part of most roofs is the area that receives the least amount of sun and is typically shaded for most of the day. Shaded or “wet” areas hold moisture and other debris on the roof surfaces. Limestone fertilized roofing along with additional roof debris, such as leaves and or pine straw are usually the first areas of a roof affected by roof algae.

Lime is Algae’s Snack Food

Modern roofing materials that have come about in the last 20 years have made roof algae a major problem. The main culprit of the problem is the snack food of lime. Roofing manufacturers started adding crushed limestone as a filler to extend the manufacturing process of petroleum based roofing materials. 

Algae Infestation

When Gloeocapsa Magma algae finds its way onto a roof in a neighborhood it will start to feed and reproduce. It is an airborne spore and can easily roof jump and spread to other roofs and before you know it, the entire neighborhood is infested. ROOF REAL CLEAN specializes in cleaning algae of roofs.

The professionals at ROOF REAL CLEAN use a safe low pressure wash roof cleaning system to ensure that your roof’s manufacturer’s warranty is not voided. When we are finished cleaning your roof, the difference is remarkable! Any algae, moss, lichen colonies and other debris will be gone and your roof will look like new again!

For a free roof cleaning estimate, give ROOF REAL CLEAN a call today at 703-973-1619. We get the job done right! 

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