One of the last things you want to hear, as a homeowner, is that you have algae or mold growing on your roof. Not only is algae bad for the health of you and your family, but also the health of your home.
Keeping a healthy roof is one of the most important aspects of taking care of your home. A bad roof can bring the value of any home way down. So, by taking care of the roof, you are helping to ensure the value of your home, as well as the health of anyone living there.
Algae grows in damp and cool locations that don’t get much light. They spread through airborne spores that attach themselves to shingles, then start growing and spreading.
Once the moisture contained within the algae spreads to the shingles, the roof and all the wood beneath them will contain toxic fumes that are harmful to your family.
Not only does algae cause harmful damage to the shingles, but it can also damage the roof’s structure itself. Once it has spread, the moisture causes the support beams to weaken.
With weakness in your roof, your have more to worry about than just the algae. With every strong wind and thunderstorm, you have a potentially huge disaster waiting to happen.
Now you can see the importance of good roof maintenance and upkeep. There are a few things that you can do, specifically, to prevent algae from damaging your roof.
First of all, the most important thing is having your roof checked often to make sure there aren’t any new mold or algae spots growing. Keeping up with this is a good way to prevent algae from spreading deeper into your home. Another way to prevent algae from spreading is by making sure you don’t have any trees touching the roof.
Also, keep your gutters cleaned, so there is no still water sitting there, since these are ideal places for algae to grow. This upkeep will help protect and prevent this serious issue from affecting your home and family.
If you do notice that there is the dreaded blue-green algae growing somewhere on your roof, you can remove it and prevent it from spreading. Either you can hire someone to come out and clean the algae from the rooftop with a chemical cleaning, or you can do it yourself.
If the algae hasn’t spread too much, you should be able to clean it yourself easily. However, if you aren’t sure how much it has spread, it might be best to call in an expert.
If you are a homeowner that lives in a moist climate, you might want to consider having either sheets of copper, or galvanized sheet metal installed. These are both great options for prevention, when it comes to algae.
However, if both of these are out of your budget, there are also stain resistant shingles that are more affordable. They are also a good option for preventing algae from growing on your roof.