Black Algae

Are you starting to notice black streaks or black staining forming on your roof? These streaks and stains you see are actually caused by a variety of cyanobacteria better known as Gloeocapsa Magma.   The streaking and staining is not only an eye sore but it also is having an impact on the integrity of your shingles.  This particular species of bacteria loves to feed on moisture and calcium carbonate, which so happens to be one of the ingredients in your fiberglass shingles.  Limestone, which is calcium carbonate, is used in the manufacturing process of fiberglass shingles.  Manufactures do use algae resistant materials in the production process, however these material wear out over the course of 6 to 10 years.  This is why you usually do not notice the streaking and staining for several years once your roof is installed.  The Black Algae ironically hates UV radiation and one of their defense mechanism is to create the black coating, which is why you see the streaking and staining, to protect itself from UV radiation.  This is why you will usually see the Black Algae forming in shaded areas first and are usually on the north side of your roof where it receives the least amount of sun light.  As the colonies grow larger they trap moisture, decrease the roof’s ability to reflect UV radiation, and also will decrease the shingles’ ability to hold on to the mineral granules.  So, ultimately the microscopic bacteria will cause the shingles to premature age, decay, and loss of granules which obviously impacts the life expectancy of your roof which is very expensive to replace.  The bottom line is Black Algae is not only unsightly but can have a major impact on your property’s value, whether that means roof replacement, lower property value based on overall appearance and life expectancy of your roof; even Insurance companies are giving property owners are hard time about it and could even lead to cancelation of your home insurance policy if not addressed.

We have a simple solution for the menacing bacteria known as Black Algae.  Our product RoofBeClean® uses the power of Zinc to wash away the black streaking and staining.  Zinc is a natural antimicrobial substance that is used in many applications.  We humans take it to help build our immune system, we use it in hospitals to stop bacteria from growing, we use it in agriculture for help build immunity for crops, we even now starting to see used for countertops in kitchens and restaurants for its antimicrobial abilities.

Use RoofBeClean® to wash away your stains then use LiquidZinc® to keep the stains away by simply treating your roof once a year or once every other year.  If you want a more permanent solution to keep the staining from re-occurring, install our ZincShield® for a long term solution.  The zinc ions that wash down your roof from the zinc strips will create an environment where black algae, moss, and lichens will not want to set up shop and create a new home!

Moss

If you are seeing dark green to black chunky masses growing on your roof you should be concerned.  These masses you are seeing are Mosses.  While moss has a lot of benefits to our environment, like soil stabilization and carbon dioxide filtration, it will not benefit your roof by making it last longer!  For most people Moss is an eye sore.  Some people like they way it looks, however, the biggest issue that moss creates are that it holds moisture.  It soaks water up like a sponge and as it grows taller, thicker and on the leading edges of the shingles it prevents proper rain water runoff.  We all know that if your roof is holding moisture and water it can cause major damage to shingles and substrates underneath the shingles, which also in turns promotes the growth of algae and mold.  This can all add up to very costly repairs!

Mosses do not have actual roots.  Instead they have rhizoids that are similar to roots in which they use more often to hold on to substrates and absorb water.  Moss is a plant however it does not reproduce by seeds but by spores.  Mosses, especially the ones on your roof, prefer a shaded damp environment.  That is why you usually see it on the north facing side of your roof because it receives the least amount of sunlight and prevents the moss from drying out. They have the ability to grow on any type of roofing system, but more commonly you will see them on Fiberglass/Asphalt and Cedar Shake shingles. Although Moss does not have a root system the Rhizoids act just like roots in the sense of holding on.  Even if the moss is dead the rhizoids hold on for dear life.  This is why you should take special care in removing the moss!

There is a simple answer to Moss removal.  While you will not receive instant gratification of Moss simply disappearing, over time the Moss will gently wash off the roof from rain naturally once you have used our product RoofBeClean®.   Whatever you do, please do not pressure-wash the roof to remove the moss!  If you want to speed up the process you will need to be able to get on the roof and use a brush and drywall spatula.  Pop of the chunks and brush and let the rain do the rest.  Roof work is dangerous, so our suggestion is to just let it gently wash off over time after using RoofBeClean®.

Use RoofBeClean® to wash away your Moss then use LiquidZinc® to keep the Moss away by simply treating your roof once a year or once every other year.  If you want a more permanent solution to keep the Moss from re-occurring, install our ZincShield® for a long term solution.  The zinc ions will spread over your roof from the installed zinc strips which will create an environment where black algae, moss, and lichens will not want to live and grow!

Lichen

Do you see white grayish spots or an orange crusty coating forming on your roof?  Well, if you do these things can be really unsightly especially once they start to spread.  These organisms are called Lichen.  Lichen are interesting because they are not a plant but they are not really an algae but a fungi component.  They are derived out of a symbiotic relationship from algae and cynaobacteria.  They reproduce through spores. There are many types of Lichens but they are usually identified by groupings known as the Thallus.  This is the basic growth structure that it forms.  What you generally see on your roof is referred to as foliose and crustose.  These forms have more of a two dimensional shape and more flat and adhere tightly to whatever surface it attaches.  Due to their shape they do not hold a lot of moisture like moss.  However, they do latch on to the shingle very tightly and are impossible to remove manually without damaging the granules on fiberglass shingles due to how tight they spread across the shingles.  You would have to either scrub them or pressure-wash them off on any type of roofing system which is a big no no!  Although Lichen are not causing as much damage as moss and black algae it can damage the overall appearance and value of your home.   We are sure your neighbors will be happy with you after cleaning up your unsightly roof.

With that being said, there is a simple solution which does not require any pressure washing or scrubbing.  Simply apply our RoofBeClean® solution and watch the Lichen disappear over time by washing away from the natural rain fall.  This is a super affordable way to clean your roof without damaging your shingles!

Use RoofBeClean® to wash away your Lichen then use LiquidZinc® to keep the Lichen away by simply treating your roof once a year or once every other year.  If you want a more permanent solution to keep the Lichens from re-occurring, install our ZincShield for a long term solution.  The zinc ions will wash down over your roof from the installed zinc strips which will create an environment where black algae, moss, and lichens will not want to set up shop and create a new home!

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