Your roof is an essential component of your home. That’s why you should make a point of regularly inspecting it. The earlier you notice signs of damage, the sooner you can address them.
You may notice black streaks on the roof during your inspections. This doesn’t merely impact your home’s curb appeal. Typically, those black streaks are signs of Gloeocapsa magma, better known to homeowners as “roof algae.”
Roof algae that’s allowed to thrive can eventually damage your shingles. For obvious reasons, you want to remove it fast. Fail to do so, and you may end up having to replace your roof before it reaches the end of its anticipated lifespan.
Avoid this by scheduling soft wash roof cleaning with our team at Reliant ProWash, in Chesterfield, MO. The following points should help you better understand why this is the best way to get rid of unwanted black streaks on your roof.
Why You Need Soft Wash Roof Cleaning to Remove Black Streaks
Again, if you’ve noticed black streaks on your roof, odds are good Gloeocapsa magma has been developing for quite some time. This organism became common on some roofs when manufacturers started to include limestone in shingles. Unfortunately, roof algae feeds on limestone.
This causes shingles to break down more quickly than they normally would. Additionally, when roof algae combines with certain fungi that are also common on roofs, lichen develops. This can cause even more damage due to the fact that lichen holds in moisture and can be difficult to remove.
These are all major reasons to schedule soft wash roof cleaning service. Even before the damage reaches a point where it’s necessary to replace your roof, broken shingles could cost you a lot more money than you expect by reducing your home’s insulation. Your energy bills will simply go up when your house isn’t properly insulated.
Protecting Your Curb Appeal
You also want to keep curb appeal in mind. Black streaks on your roof make it look dirty. This has been shown to have a negative impact on a person’s mental health. On top of that, if you ever plan on selling your home, you might struggle to get the best possible offer for it if you allow black streaks to affect its curb appeal.
Prevent this by scheduling soft wash roof cleaning. This process involves combining water with environmentally-friendly detergents which soak into all corners of the roof. This allows for a more thorough clean than you can provide on your own. The detergents break down organisms like Gloeocapsa magma, preventing them from causing unwanted damage.
You may have guessed that soft wash roof cleaning involves applying substantially less pressure than power washing. This is important. Pressure or power washing a roof can damage the shingles. There’s no point in cleaning them if the method you rely on causes them to break anyway.
That’s not something you have to worry about with this method. Again, because safe detergents are used, soft washing still removes contaminants as effectively (if not more effectively) as other roof cleaning techniques. However, unlike other techniques, this method of cleaning is safe for all types of shingles. Scheduling it is one of the best ways to protect your major investment.
Although you should always be proactive about keeping your roof clean, it’s particularly important to get in touch with us at Reliant Pro Wash if you notice black streaks. Offering soft wash roof cleaning service to homeowners in and around the Chesterfield, MO area, we’ll make sure your roof looks its best for years to come. Call us today or contact us online to learn more about scheduling an appointment.
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