A dirty roof can ruin your curb appeal, but even worse it can damage the integrity of your roof.

The 3 main culprits that slowly deteriorate your roof are: algae, fungus/lichen and moss. These live organisms literally eat away at your shingles.

The discoloration and black stains you see are actually a photosynthetic cyanobacteria consisting of algae spores called gloeocapsa magma. This bacterium feeds off the limestone in your shingles and once it appears it will spread quickly eventually covering your entire roof. It will stop your shingles from reflecting the sun’s UV rays. When this happens, it will not only affect your home’s cooling and heating ability leading to more costly energy bills, but it will cause the shingles to deteriorate more quickly.

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Fungus/lichens are a plant like organism with a light, mint-green color that grow symbiotically with algae. They form root-like tentacles that penetrate deep into the shingles. Even the strongest wind or heaviest rain will not dislodge them. The more they branch out and grow the more damage they cause. If left untreated, they will forcibly remove the granules, the color coat and will permanently scar the shingle itself.

Moss is an actual plant with a rhizoidal root system that serves both to anchor the plant and to conduct water. Over time, a thicker layer of soil will build up from catching windblown dirt in their interlocking system of roots and upraised stems. The extra moisture it holds causes shingles to get soft and crumbly and can cause roofing paper to tear. This will eventually lead to permanent roof damage and wood rot.

Prevention is the key to keeping your roof healthy.

Roof cleaning is a delicate process that requires specialized equipment and cleaning agents; thus, it is in your best interest to hire a reputable company who is licensed and insured. The professionals at Safe Wash Solutions are trained and skilled to offer solutions to your specific roofing problems. We follow guidelines recommended by the Roof Cleaning Institute of America and the Asphalt Roofing Manufactures Association. Our soft wash process is safe and effective and the solutions we apply not only kill the organisms but also slow the growth of new ones. Maintaining your roof is an investment in your home.


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