Remove Unwanted Plant Life From Your Roof
As a Jacksonville Beach homeowner, we know you have many responsibilities on your plate and unless your roof is leaking or causing you problems it’s probably not on your list of priorities. Unfortunately, in this climate your roof, no matter what it is constructed of, can collect much more than just leaves or debris. Unfortunately, due to the nature of our moist and humid weather it can also accumulate algae growth which, if left unchecked, will damage your shingles, tile and/or metal joints over time.
Specifically roof algae, is a type of tiny bacteria that travels on the wind, and can cause dark stains or streaks on your shingles. The more humidity that exists where you live, the more the algae has an opportunity to grow. Early springs, long hot summers and even during the fall, algae can quickly develop so it is important to know how to identify roof algae, how to eliminate it, and how, in the short term, prevent it from coming back.
Identifying Roof Algae On Roofs In North Florida
It is relatively easy to identify roof algae growing on your roof. Once the bacteria lands on your rooftop, it will quickly multiply, especially when humidity is high and moisture plentiful like in our climate. As it spreads across your roof, it leaves behind a dark stain that can appear blue-green or black. Unfortunately, by the time the algae is visible, it has likely been growing for several months.
There is some good and bad news depending on the type of material your roof is constructed of. There is marginal evidence that algae growth causes excessive damage to roofs. On the other hand, stains brought about by its growth is unattractive, and if your roof is constructed of asphalt shingles that contains a limestone product, the algae will slowly consume that limestone and weaken the shingle over time. Weakened and weathered shingles can leave your home susceptible to damage and possibly a leaky roof.
Eliminating Roof Algae
It’s important to keep your roof clean of leaves and debris, and as soon as you notice the algae, take steps to eliminate it also. Not only could these conditions lead to roof damage, and sub-roof structure decay, if the algae partners with mold or mildew, it can put your family’s health at risk.
There are two basic ways of eliminating plant, debris, leaf and algae growth on your roof.
- Call a professional company that specializes in roof maintenance programs like Sunrise Roofing.
- If you are able to catch the algae growth early, you could try a 50/50 mixture of chlorine bleach and water applied with a sprayer on the stains. After 20 minutes or so, rinse thoroughly with low water pressure.
Always wet down any plants or shrubs before starting and be sure to wear and use the correct safety equipment, like goggles, rubber gloves, have a safety rope attached to you, and slip-resistant shoes.
Really, the best thing to do is to contact a trusted roofing professional like Sunrise Roofing Company as soon as you notice it. They will take care of any roof maintenance issues safely and efficiently.
Preventing Mold, Mildew, Plant And Algae Regrowth
To eliminate any future growth, increase the amount of sun exposure your roof is exposed to by trimming back branches that hang over your roof. Always stay on top of removing any debris that accumulates on top of your house, and always keep your gutters clean.
Schedule regular roof and gutter inspections to ensure your gutters are free of leaves and debris. You can also ask about algae-resistant roofing materials when re-roofing a dwelling. Algae-resistant shingles are usually infused with copper and/or zinc to prevent mold, bacteria, and algae growth in extremely hot and humid climates.
Why Choose Sunrise Roofing Company?
There are many so-called “roofing companies” that will bid on providing a re-roofing estimate but for providing full service, one needs to be very selective in who they choose. Sunrise Roofing has over 25 years-experience as a general contractor and a roofing contractor. We specialize in all types of roof repairs, roof maintenance programs and re-roofing projects for residential and commercial applications. We provide these services for all types of roofing materials including, asphalt shingle, metal, flat, gabled and our specialty, tile roofs. Give us a call for a free roof inspection and a no-obligation written estimate. Please call us at 904-323-1929.