- Michiana Roof Cleaning
- Miller Soft Wash offers cleaning for many different roof surfaces, including Michiana’s most popular asphalt shingled roof. As most are starting to notice, they can develop unattractive dark streaks and even moss growth. Below we will help you better understand what causes these stains, how to remove them and how preventative maintenance will keep your homes curb appeal and value at its best!
What Are Those Ugly Roof Stains?
This discoloration on your roof is actually a algae named Gloeocapsa Magma. This is an air born algae that can easily move from roof top to roof top and quickly cover any neighborhood. Like any algae, best conditions for spreading are wet, humid and shaded areas. Growth normally begins on the north side of structures. These areas generally get more shade and take longer to dry out from nightly dew and rain.
Why Is It On My Roof?
Shingle manufacturers began to change the makeup of their products in the 70’s and 80’s. Their new composition consists of crushed limestone which is an excellent food source for the algae, and when combined with warm and humid weather, gives it the perfect environment to thrive in. This algae can hold water on your roof and act like a magnafying glass raising you roofs temperature and eventually increasing your cooling costs. If left to worsen, this growth will also cause granule loss and ultimately shorten the life span of your roof.
Dose My Roof Need To Be Replaced?
Roof algae alone is not a reason for having a costly roof replacement. If your roof is in good condition, you can be confident that a safe professional roof cleaning will restore its beauty and help maintain its longevity.
How Do You Remove These Stains?
There will always be claims of different ways to do any job, but there is only one safe and approved method for roof shingle cleaning. We strictly follow the guide lines laid out and recommended by ARMA (Asphalt Roof Manufacturers Association) and major shingle manufacturers like GAF and Owens Corning.
The process consist of a “Low Pressure” application of the recommended cleaning detergent that is designed to safely remove any algae, moss, lichens and air born pollutants. This application uses no more pressure than a moderate to heavy rain. High pressure is Never used on asphalt shingles. This can void the manufacturer’s warranty as well as cause extensive granule loss, which as mentioned earlier, leads to a roofs inability to reflect heat, in turn raising your homes cooling costs and decreasing longevity.