Roof Moss and Algae: Where Do They Come from and Why Hire Professional Roof Cleaners?

September 26, 2017

Moss and algae are known to grow on roof shingles, but not everyone knows how they get there. Homeowners usually see them as “just” an aesthetic issue and leave them untouched, thinking it isn’t a good enough reason to hire roof cleaners because it would be a waste of money. However, roof moss and algae are more problematic than you may think. In fact, if left unattended, they can cost you more than a roof cleaning.

Understanding where roof moss and algae comes from will help you appreciate why hiring professional roof cleaners is so important.

Roof Moss and Algae Explained

Moss and algae thrive in moist, shady places. Unfortunately, roofs made of porous materials such as asphalt and wood shingles, rolls, and wood shake are ideal places for moss and algae because they do collect moisture from rain or melted snow. The problem with these roofing materials is that they only dry up when exposed to direct heat for prolonged periods, which can be a problem during winter and rainy season.

Roof parts which are covered in shade are more vulnerable due to the lack of wind and sun exposure. The same could be said for roofs littered with debris such as fallen leaves. When more than one of these factors are present, it’s more likely for moss and algae to grow on roofs.

Why Hire Professional Roof Cleaners

Roofs undergo natural wear and tear from exposure to the elements. Because moss and algae collect moisture and frost, they can speed up the process and cause your roof to wear out faster. In turn, you will have to replace the damaged roof shingles sooner than you expected. This can be a problem if you’re trying to save money, which is why it makes financial sense to hire professional roof cleaners.

Professional roof cleaners like Apex Vacuum and Gutter Cleaning can get rid of those unsightly moss and algae growths on your roof, as well as any debris. By keeping your roof clean, you can prevent damage and extend its lifespan. More importantly, you will be able to save money this way, since it’s cheaper to maintain your roof than it is to replace damaged roof shingles.

It is advised by professional roof and gutter cleaners to have both the gutter system and the roof cleaned regularly, at the same time because moss and algae will grow in gutters and downpipes as well.

Apex Vacuum Gutter Cleaning
Diamond Creek, Victoria, 3089

Alasdair Collis
Ph: 0410 614 924
Fax: 03 9438 2743

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