The roof that protects your home is a big investment. When it isn’t properly maintained, it can end up costing you in roof repairs down the road. If it has been a while since you have had your roof cleaned, there may be more than just dirt lurking on the shingles or tiles. Woodedge Powerwashing is here to talk about why it is so important that you have your roof professionally cleaned, and how it can help to extend the life of your roof.

More Than Just Dirt on Your Roof

If you have noticed that there are some dark patches on your shingles or tiles, you could be dealing with more than dirt on your roof. Your roof is exposed to the elements day in and day out. This can come with problems. The dark streaks you are seeing on your roof could be one of the following things:

  • Moss
  • Algae
  • Fungus/Lichen

Each of these problems are quite different and it’s important that you understand what you are dealing with.

Black Algae Streaks on Roof

If you have algae on your roof, it is actually a bacterium that feed off the shingles and tiles and is usually always found on the shaded areas of your roof. Much of the time, you will see algae growing only on certain portions of a roof because it does require shade. The biggest problem with algae is the fact that it can spread from house to house easily by birds or even the wind.

Is Moss on Roof Harmful?

Moss is an actual plant with small roots that starts to grow on your roof if there is enough moisture to do so. It requires a great deal of moisture to survive. It is frequently found beneath tree branches that hang over your roof because not only will the branches provide shade, but they will also leave behind moisture as well.

Lichen on Roof

Lichen is probably the hardest to remove from a roof. It is a combination of both fungus and algae. It has root-like tentacles that will actually penetrate the shingles to find the nourishment that it needs to survive. It is difficult to remove because it usually easily reappears when it comes in contact with humidity and moisture again.

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Attempting to clean your roof on your own can be dangerous. If you don’t know what you are doing, you can easily cause damage that will be expensive, if not impossible to fix. When you have these issues mentioned above, it is important that you have the right equipment to get the job done. The professionals at Woodedge Powerwashing will make sure your roof is cleaned properly so that no damage is sustained in the process. We will not only get your roof cleaned, but we also have the equipment to get the entire exterior of your home cleaned without pressure cleaning services. Call us today!