Did you ever wonder what those ugly black streaks were on your roof?
If you are like most homeowners who call us you might have heard the streaks are from jet fuel or it’s dirt or rust. The truth is it’s a form of algae.
The algae, which is called gloeocapsa magma, can really do some damage to your shingles. Those streaks are literally millions of individual algae and they are using the limestone filler in your shingles for food! Yes, your expensive roof has become lunch for an algae colony!
The black algae is usually the first sign that your expensive roof is in trouble. The next sign is light green spots on the shingles.
These spots are lichens. If you want to know where they come from just look at the bark on the trees around your home and you’ll find them there eating the bark too. Lichens drop off tree branches onto the shingles and join the algae at the limestone buffet line.
Dark green clumps on your roof are moss and they can really do some damage to your shingles. They have a short root system that penetrates into the shingle to get at the limestone and can leave some pretty big divots in your roof causing leaks and broken shingles.
If you’re seeing any of the above, contact a reputable roof cleaning company immediately and save your expensive roof.
With the proper cleaning solutions, training and equipment a professional roof cleaner can clean your roof without the use of pressure and rid your roof of all these pesky shingle destroyers.
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As always we are here to answer any question you may have and want to help you have a great experience getting your roof cleaned. You can reach me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or 732-775-1242.