Algae and moss growth could mean serious trouble for your roofing. Oftentimes this becomes a recurring problem, and it can cause unsightly stains on your roof surface. Fortunately, there are ways to prevent the growth and spread of algae and moss. In this post, Certified Roofing Solutions, LLC shares some tips on how you can keep your roof safe from stains caused by algae and moss.
The presence of algae and moss on your roofing is never a good sign. Apart from creating unpleasant stains that could impact your home’s curb appeal, algae and moss growth tend to be a recurring problem. That said, it’s important to address the issue at the source in order to prevent further spread of algae or moss as well as a recurrence.
In this post, roofing and siding expert M & A Roof Home Improvement further discuss how algae and moss could affect your roof and how to prevent them.
Algae and Moss: How They Can Affect Your Roofing
Moss thrives in moist environments. So if you notice moss growth on your roof, it could be an indication of moisture buildup in your roof system. Moss is typically more harmful to asphalt shingles than algae. It can cause shingles to curl, which then increases the likelihood of shingles being blown off by strong winds. Apart from that, moss buildup could also contribute to lateral water movement, which can further result in leaks and moisture damage in the roof deck.
Preventing Moss and Algae Growth
Since moisture is a crucial factor to the growth and spread of moss and algae, it’s important to ensure that your roof can efficiently shed water or melted ice. Furthermore, you should also make sure your roof is cleaned on a regular basis so as to prevent debris buildup.
If there are trees near your home and their branches tend to hang over your roof, see to it that the limbs are trimmed regularly. While trees can provide shade against the sun, they can also cause leaves and twigs to drop on your roof. These things can attract moisture and serve as food for moss.
Another thing you should consider is regular gutter cleaning. Keeping your gutters free of dirt and debris buildup can enable the system to drain water effectively. Aside from that, make sure that the gutters from an upper roof do not drain directly on a lower roof. If this is happening to your roof and gutters, call a professional immediately to correct the issue.
Lastly, if you’re planning to replace your roof anytime soon, consider adding zinc or copper strips to your new roof since these can help prevent algae and moss. Alternatively, you can choose to install asphalt shingles with algae-resistant copper granules.
M & A Roof Home Improvement is a local company specializing in roof install projects and other types of residential roofing services. We ensure top-notch workmanship for every job we handle, so you can get value for your money. Call us at (757) 779-5244 or fill out our contact form to request a free quote. We serve customers in Norfolk and Williamsburg, VA.