Whether it is on your own roof or the neighbor’s next door, we have all seen the ugly black streaks standing out on an asphalt roof! But what is it?
Gloeocapsa magma is your answer. Gloeocapsa magma is a blue green algae that is carried by wind and animals. The algae tends to grow in humid areas where moisture dwells on a roof’s surface. The spores start out as small dots on your roof and eventually grow into larger streaks, which is about the time the homeowner notices they have the unsightly pests. As it grows, it develops a hard UV resistant coating to help reflect the sun and hold in moisture. This spells bad news for your roof! The more moisture that is held in your shingles, the more the algae can grow. It is also believed that this algae feeds from the limestone that is used in the manufacturing process of shingles. The longer your roof goes left untreated, the more likely that moss and lichen will begin to form, and with the army of gloeocapsa magma, will make a delicious meal of your home.
The Solution To Your Dirty Roof
So how do you get rid of these unsightly and invasive pests? While there are some DIY ways, I recommend calling a professional to get it done. Be sure to choose the right one though. There are many “fly by night” companies in the industry, that still use conventional pressure washers to clean the algae. This is as destructive to your roof as the pests living on them. Others use a brush to scrub a solution on, this too is not a safe method. Find a company that only uses a low pressure approach to apply the right ingredients to actually kill the algae down to the spores. Lucky for you, Grime Stoppers, right here in Owensboro, KY can help you.
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