Moss and algae leave unsightly black streaks on the roof that can make it look old and dilapidated. While there are ways to remove them once they have appeared on your roofing system, it’s still better to prevent them from developing in the first place. This is one of those situations where prevention is indeed better than the cure. Let expert roofing contractor M&A Exterior Home Improvement help you get started.
Preventive Measures That Work
Keep Tree Branches From Getting Close to Your Roofing
While having trees in your yard is nice, it’s certainly not good for your roof. If part of your roof is covered by branches and leaves that it’s hidden from the sun, you can bet there will be a growth of moss or algae in that area. Trim your trees so that direct sunlight can hit your roofing. This will prevent the accumulation of moisture and also minimize the debris on your roofing.
Regularly Clean Your Roof
If debris does accumulate on your roof often, make sure that you clear it. You can use a regular leaf blower. It’s safer than using a power sprayer that can cause damage, especially if you have asphalt shingles. Better yet, contact a pro who handles residential roofing maintenance to make sure the job is done correctly.
Make Sure You Have Proper Ventilation
Not many homeowners know that ventilation plays a big role in preventing moisture problems in the roofing system that can cause the growth of algae and moss. There should be a properly working ventilation system beneath the roof deck. This will lessen the heat and condensation in the attic and maintain a balanced flow of air. That means humidity can be prevented and the roof, as well as your entire home, will be safe from moisture damage.
You can do these simple measures to avoid the ugly marks of algae and moss and the costly roof repair that their growth would lead to, eventually.
You might also want to consider having your roof replaced with a material that is algae-resistant. To learn more, don’t hesitate to get in touch with M&A Home Improvement by calling (757) 942-2700. We offer our expert services in Virginia Beach, VA and the neighboring areas.