Over time, if your roof appears to have unsightly dark streaks on it, realize that it is hosting a living organism: algae. Gloecapsa Magma, a tiny organism, thrives in a shaded, warm, damp environment. It begins with a blue-green look, and as it builds up, it takes on a dark black hue on your roof.
Algae growth often starts at the rooftop and creates black streaks down your roof, hindering your home’s curb appeal dramatically, and decreasing your property value. The look of the algae may not only bother you, but also your neighbors.
The good news is that there is a reliable synthetic roofing solution to the nasty look of algae on your rooftop.
The Trouble with Algae on Your Roof
You deserve to come home to a place you’re proud of, and algae growth on your roof not only looks bad, but also costs you.
Impacts your energy bills negatively
Your roof will absorb more heat with algae growing on it. The algae is darker than your original shingle color, so it actually blocks the reflective properties of your shingles. Summer heat will impact your home with greater intensity as a result.
And your air conditioner will need to work a lot harder to keep your home at a comfortable temperature, so the algae will also cause it to wear out sooner.
Weakens your asphalt roof shingles
Algae grows on the limestone granules in your asphalt shingles. Over time, its presence weakens your shingles because it slowly consumes the limestone.
Algae also combines with fungus to produce an even more advanced life form: a lichen. This is sturdier, more destructive, and harder to remove than algae alone. Lichen growth leads to moss growth, and that spells trouble for your roofing system.
Threatens the integrity of your roofing system
Moss puts roots into your roof both under and between your shingles, impacting the integrity of your entire roofing system. Moss absorbs water, and the extra moisture welcomes mold, mildew, and bacteria.
Denver winters can cause the moss roots to expand and freeze, resulting in cracks in and around your shingles.
You can avoid all these problems by installing synthetic shingles that resist algae growth.
How to Prevent Algae Growth on You Roof
Avoid the costly, time-consuming process of hiring a team of professionals to clean your roof (due to algae growth), only to call them again every few years to pay them to clean it again.
Here are some simple tips:
- Trim your trees—Limit the number of trees that border your home, and trim the trees closest to your roof to help prevent algae growth.
- Eliminate standing water—When it rains or snows, your roof gets wet, but it should dry naturally and in a timely fashion. If there is any standing water on your roof, that’s a welcome mat for algae to grow on your roof.
- Repair your shingles, clean your gutters, and attend to any small repairs that arise—Helps you ensure there are no pockets of standing water on your roof.
Prevent Algae Growth with Synthetic Shingles
Here are some of the benefits Denver homeowners love about synthetic roofing shingles:
Enjoy gorgeous curb appeal
Synthetic shingles ensure you won’t have to endure the horrible looks of algae on your roof. Your home will look attractive, and your property value will be secure.
Lower energy use
Avoid the high energy bills that come when algae covers roof shingles. With synthetic shingles, your energy use goes down.
Get the full lifespan you expect from your roof
You deserve to enjoy the whole life of your roof, but algae can shorten its life because it weakens shingle strength and damages your roof.
Avoid the high cost of roof cleaning
It adds up when you need to have your roof professionally cleaned due to algae growth. But with durable synthetic shingles, you’ll avoid the cost and the hassle of roof cleaning.
Easy Maintenance Synthetic Shingles
F-Wave REVIA Synthetic Roof Shingles deliver lasting beauty along with low maintenance. Their attractive, authentic appearance mimics the look of either slate, cedar shakes, or asphalt shingles—with less maintenance.
They safeguard your home from severe weather due to their Class 4 Hail Rating and Class F and H Wind Resistance (they stand up to 130-mph winds). They are Class A Fire Rated, and resist the damaging effects of UV rays. F-Wave Shingles contain no granules, no asphalt, and no loss of performance over the years.
Durable, Algae Resistant Roofing for Your Denver Home
Don’t settle for the grim look of algae on your roof. Get gorgeous, algae resistant F-Wave Synthetic Shingles, and enjoy a stress-free, low maintenance roof that retains its beauty over the years. F-Wave stands behind its synthetic shingles by offering the WeatherForce Advantage warranty, covering damage from manufacturing defects for 50 years.
New roofing should give you high performance and protect your home from the elements with reliability. At Refined Exteriors, we specialize in full roof replacement and roof repairs. We maintain the highest standards in roofing. We are a GAF Master Elite contractor, a distinction given to just two out of every 100 roofing contractors. And we are a GAF Certified Green Roofer, showing our concern for the environment.
If your roof was recently damaged by a storm and needs replacement or repair, or if it’s just time for a new roof—Refined Exteriors is ready to serve you. If your roof suffered damage in a recent storm, waiting on repairs can make the situation worse. We deal with storm damage quickly and professionally.
Synthetic shingles are the perfect solution to prevent roof algae. Learn more about this superb roofing material on our synthetic shingles page.