Humid climates are prone to algae and moss growth. Indiana has multiple humid zones throughout the year that are ideal for growing algae and moss. This biological growth creates a dilapidated look for homes and can lift shingles off the roof, causing damage. The moisture they trap can also create mold. Fortunately, there are steps that you can take to prevent algae and moss growth and safeguard your roof.

Roof Shingles Laced With Copper or Zinc

One of the first steps to keeping your roof safe from algae and moss is to purchase roof shingles with copper or zinc embedded in the shingle itself. Both copper and zinc are toxic to algae and moss, inhibiting their ability to grow. The released metal ions make it impossible for plant growth to continue. However, replacing all of your shingles can be expensive if your roof is in otherwise good condition. This is an ideal solution for someone who needs a new roof.

Alternatively, we can install zinc or copper strips along the ridge of your roof. As rainwater washes over these strips, it carries the metal ions down the roof, preventing algae and moss growth over time. This method protects against moss and algae growth while minimizing the need for extensive roof renovations. This method is primarily for prevention and will not remove the growth on homes that have an existing algae or moss problem.

Cleaning Your Roof

Regular roof maintenance is crucial to prevent the growth of algae and moss. We often come across roofs that haven’t been cleaned regularly and have developed moss or algae as a result. It’s essential to keep vegetation or trees from overhanging your roof, as debris can also aid in the growth of algae and moss. Preventing algae and moss damage is cheaper and easier than removal and stain cleaning. At Taylor Made Roofing & Construction, Inc., we offer an ongoing roof cleaning service, one of our most popular services, to help our customers keep their roofs in top condition.

Cleaning Unsightly Algae and Moss Streaks

Algae and moss both leave unsightly black streaks behind on your roof. The lighter your roof color, the more visible these streaks will be. These streaks not only lower the aesthetics of your home, but they also can cause damage over time if left untreated. The streaks left behind can work to trap moisture and lead to accelerated algae and moss growth. Without a thorough cleaning, you’ll be back in the same position with a roof full of unwanted plant growth.

When it comes to algae and moss, it’s best to hire a professional to ensure nothing is overlooked. At Taylor Made Roofing & Construction, Inc., our goal is to provide the thorough cleaning your roof needs while protecting the integrity of the shingles. We will gently eliminate algae and moss streaks using specially formulated cleaning solutions designed to restore the appearance of your roof.

Does Your Roof Need Repair After Algae and Moss?

Algae and moss affect your roof in different ways. Algae’s damage is more surface level and can be corrected through removal and cleaning in most cases.

Moss, however, requires much more work. The problem with moss is that it doesn’t just affect the surface of the roof. Moss can get down underneath the shingles and keep the area wet enough so that it begins to decay. Moss will also lift the shingles up and dislodge them. The roof, now exposed, can get damaged by rain, wind, and other weather conditions that lead to wood rot as well as leaks. If you see moss growing on your roof, working with a professional roofer is imperative. At this point, you may need shingle repair and replacement as well as a thorough roof cleaning.

Contact Us Today

When it comes to keeping your roof free of algae, moss, leaves, wood, and other debris, Taylor Made Roofing & Construction, Inc. is here to help. From residential and commercial roofing, we offer numerous services, including painting, roofing inspections, roofing cleaning, and full roof replacements. Serving the Morgantown, IN, area for more than 25 years gives us an unparalleled understanding of homes in this area. Give us a call, and we’ll help you with all of your roofing and painting needs.

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