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How to Prevent Algae Growth on Your Roof

How to Prevent Algae Growth on Your Roof

Have you been noticing black streaks on your roof?  These black streaks indicate that algae have been growing and continue to spread throughout your roof.  Often times, homeowners do not realize algae are growing on their roofs until they notice the black streaks.  This is typically two or three months after the algae has started growing.  As roofers in Deltona, we see many instances of algae growth and have provided assistance to our homeowners in order to remove these streaks and prevent this issue.  There are a few ways homeowners can prevent black streaks and algae growths on their roofs.

Algae Resistant Shingles

As algae accumulate on your shingles, it develops a dark, hardened coating that results in the black streaks you see.  Recently, algae resistant shingles have been available to purchase to avoid this issue.  These shingles have small amounts of copper mixed into the granules in order to create a solution that, when mixed with rainfall, prevents algae, mold, and fungus growth.  These have become a popular option for homes in areas susceptible to algae growth.  Make sure that your roofers have access to these algae resistant shingles when you call them for a quote.

Install Copper or Zinc Strips

If you aren't prepared to fully repair your roof and the black streaks caused by the existing algae don't bother you, you can install copper or zinc strips along your roofline.  These strips will work with rainfall to create a solution that will prevent additional algae growth.  When the metal components come in contact with any algae, it is immediately killed. These metals will also work to prevent any moss, fungus, or mold growth as well.  Metal strips are an easy product to install yourself, or you can hire a roofing contractor to install at an inexpensive price.  

Routine Roof Maintenance and Inspection

Routine roof inspections can always eliminate roof issues that perhaps aren't noticeable from the ground below until they have advanced and it may be too late.  Roofing contractors are trained to notice all issues related to roofs, including algae, mold, and fungus growth, water damage, leaks, and punctures.  These issues will all help to fix issues that will allow your roof to function properly, which will ultimately increase its lifespan.  

Even though algae growth is not harmful to the function of your roof, it can distract from the overall appearance of your house and cause an eye sore.  This is something most homeowners want to prevent or address.  Trust us, the premiere roofers in Deltona, to inspect and evaluate your roofing concerns, and then provide a quality service to remedy the issue quickly and efficiently.  Call JV Contractors LLC to come out and take a look today.