12
Feb

Top 5 Spring Roof Maintenance Tips for Valentine’s Day Week

Top 5 Spring Roof Maintenance Tips

Spring Cleaning for Roofs

Top 5 Spring Roof Maintenance Tips

Happy Valentine’s Day week!

Seriously?  What could be more boring when love and Spring is in the air than thinking about maintaining your roof?

But as the weather warms up in the South it is critical to start the clearing and cleaning process.

Focus first on cleaning winter debris from the roof, eves, and gutters. Garbage in, garbage out.  Failing to remove the garbage from your roof and gutters is almost a guaranteed way to damage your roof.  Then begin a cursory examination of your roof.

What are the Top 5 Spring maintenance tips?

  1. Look for missing, damaged or curling shingles or any other signs of wear and tear.  It’s easy and inexpensive to replace one or two shingles.  Failure to keep up your roof will make it harder to get your insurance company to pay for a full roof replacement – unless you use a lawyer to help.
  2. Check for signs of fungus or algae. If your roof is starting to collect moss or algae, jump into action.  You can also install zinc or lead control strips.
  3. Inspect metal areas for rust.  If it’s present, wire brush the rust, then prime and paint the metal.  Pay attention to the edges of the roof where water often runs.
  4. Examine the flashing to make sure it’s solid. If not, remove all the old caulk and scrub the area clean before re-sealing.  This is a more laborious job and may need to be handled by a roofer or other contractor.
  5. Seal any cracked mortar or caulking around joints and chimneys.

Bottom line is to be proactive

If you see any signs of leaking, like dark spots on the ceiling, or mold or dampness in your attic, act immediately. Roof leaks get worse, not better, and it’s better to spend a few dollars on roof maintenance rather than a lot on a big repair.


Confused or want more information? Trying to understand the costs associated with replacing a roof?  Call, email, post to Facebook, or tweet to us.  No Fee, No Obligation, Just help for you.

Don’t want to talk to anyone and just want a quick, satellite photograph measurement to help estimate the cost for your roof?  Order the Quick Report

If you have a specific roof issue and can send us a photo via email, Facebook, or Twitter, we will do our best to advise you on the specific issue.

 

 

22
Dec

Algae on the Roof, yuck!

Algae on the roof Moss-on-Roof-Shingles-Removal-with-green-mold

Do you have algae on the roof?

There are two main types of algae, “black algae” and “green algae”.  The green stuff is really more of a moss.  Both of these types are seen most commonly in humid climates.  Whether you have black or green algae on the roof they are both undesirable.

Algae or moss can do more than make your roof an ugly sight – it can damage the roof.

Black algae looks like black streaks running down the shingle roof.  The good news is it does not damage the shingle.  While black shingles are cosmetically unsightly, with proper cleaning the shingles’ appearance can be restored. Green algae or any kind of moss, however, can grow into the shingle and cause damage. Think of it this way, one is just dirty streaks and the other is a living organism.  Fortunately, both types can be cleaned off by a roofer or even by a do-it-yourself homeowner.

Can you avoid algae on the roof?

One way to avoid moss or algae growing is to install an an algae resistant shingle.  CertainTeed manufacturers shingles with “StreakFighter” which comes in 10 and 15 year durations.  Why not 20 or 30 years?  The reason is that the copper coating on the granules wears off over time even before the shingle wears out. The copper coating is what resists the algae growth.

 

Confused or want more information? Trying to understand the costs associated with replacing a roof?  Call, email, post to Facebook, or tweet to us. No Fee, No Obligation, Just help for you.

Don’t want to talk to anyone and just want a quick, satellite photograph measurement to help estimate the cost for your roof?  Order the Quick Report

If you have a specific roof issue and can send us a photo via email, Facebook, or Twitter, we will do our best to advise you on the specific issue.

 

8
Nov

Roof mold – Is it dangerous?

Black "roof mold" on shingles

Black “roof mold” on shingles

Roof Mold.  What is it and is it dangerous?

Is it algae, moss, lichens, fungi, or possible deadly black mold?   We have all heard about deadly black mold growing in homes.  But rest assured, that roof mold is not that rare deadly black mold.

But on houses receiving the right conditions of shade and moisture/humidity, growth of things like algae, moss, or fungi will grow.  In areas with high humidity or frequent rainfall, ensure that your roof is exposed to as much sunlight as possible.

Roof mold or other growths may be merely unsightly; but in more severe cases, can begin destroying shingles.

With algae and some fungal growth, the extent of the damage may only be shingle discoloration.  In warm, humid conditions, certain airborne algae can grow on shingles, leaving “roof mold” that is black or dark-green stains.

Moss or lichens growing on a roof are more likely to hold moisture against the shingles, which can accelerate damage.  Furthermore, if left untreated, their roots or growth structures will eventually penetrate and shorten the life of roof shingles.

Another likely source of damage is the cleaning methods used to combat roof mold or algal growth.

Pressure washing and harsh chemicals can cause rapid granule loss or other shingle degradation.   As is the case with algal treatment, the removal methods for roof mold may cause more damage than the growth itself.  But that does not mean you just leave the growth.  Take preventative measures to combat these growths since roof mold can be destructive.

Tree damage is also a leading cause of of the discoloration attributed to roof mold.

Roof damage from tree branches are a major contributor to needed roof repair or replacement.  Branches that rub against the roof cause granule loss and in some cases cut through the shingles or pull them out of place.  This loss of granule will change the color of the shingles as they are removed.

Unsightly “roof mold” may be the least of your concerns if branches are not trimmed when they come in contact with the roof.  During a storm, heavy winds may cause branches to break off and land on your roof causing major damage to the shingles and decking.

Trim away any overhanging tree branches and maintain your gutters and downspouts so that rainfall will drain quickly.

Confused or want more information?

Trying to understand the costs associated with replacing a roof?  Call, email, post to Facebook, or tweet to us.  No Fee, No Obligation, Just help for you.

Don’t want to talk to anyone and just want a quick, satellite photograph measurement to help estimate the cost for your roof?  Order the Quick Report

If you have a specific roof issue and can send us a photo via email, Facebook, or Twitter, we will do our best to advise you on the specific issue.