To protect the integrity of your roof, no foreign objects should be allowed to remain on its surface for any extended time. Water from rain should flow freely down the roof and into gutters for dispersal away from the foundation of the home. Moss and algae on your roof present an unsightly appearance, but drainage can also be affected. Furthermore, moss and algae can damage your roof and quickly spread to other homes in your neighborhood. Roof repair contractors recommend removing moss and algae as soon as they appear to eliminate the possibility of damage to your roof.
What Is Moss?
Moss is a plant that thrives in moist or humid environments. Its root system is shallow, and it absorbs moisture mostly through its leaves. Moss on your roof can have damaging results. During both its growing and dormancy stages, it can lift and curl the asphalt shingles. Distorting the shingles will allow moisture to infiltrate beneath the shingles and into the underlying materials. Moisture will damage the decking and produce leaks within the roof structure. Leaks will eventually become evident within the interior of your home. Contact your roof contractor Austin TX to remove the moss as soon as it appears to prevent it from damaging your roof.
What Are Algae?
Algae are simple plants that frequently appear on the surface of roofs in humid environments and are often mistaken for mold or mildew. Gloeocapsa magma, commonly called blue-green algae, is actually a photosynthesizing cyanobacteria that will become obvious several months after initial contact with the roof. It first appears as black spots before eventually creating black streaks down the roof. This appearance is from the protective black coating that protects it from the sun’s rays.
Algae can dry out the granules on asphalt shingles and cause eventual loss of the protective material. Fungus can combine with algae and produce lichen. Lichen will feed off the algae as well as the shingle filler material. Lichen produces roots and is much harder to remove than algae itself. However, a reputable roof contractor can quickly and efficiently remove algae from your roof if contacted immediately.
How Can I Prevent Moss and Algae on My Roof?
Moss and algae spores are airborne, and you may not be able to stop them from occasionally landing on your roof. Having algae-resistant shingles installed on your roof is the best way to deal with the problem, but keeping your roof clean can also help. Remove any standing debris like leaves and twigs. Debris attracts moisture and provides moss and algae the perfect environment to thrive. Trim tree branches away from the roof to allow the sun’s rays to deter moss and algae growth. Keep gutters clean and free-flowing. Contact a reputable and professional roof company to provide you with the best options available to prevent any possible damage from moss or algae accumulations and protect your warranties.
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Whether you have a problem with moss or need a roof inspection for insurance purposes, Alpha Roofing offers the professional assistance that you need. We also offer metal roof installations, roof repairs,asphalt shingle installations, chimney repairs, and flashing repairs. We have a stellar reputation that is based on the exceptional quality of our work, our commitment to professional customer service, and our highly competitive rates. You can get a free quote by calling 512-777-1086 or completing the online form.