Roof Algae: What is it and How Do I Remove it?

Roof with green algae on top

Even though it’s not easy to spot, unless you’re extremely tall, roof algae could form all over your roof. Not only is it unsightly when found, but it can also be dangerous if left to grow and accumulate. Left untreated, it could lead to the growth of mold and mildew that can destroy your home’s interior as well as affect your health.

Fortunately, there are ways to get rid of this issue and tackle it safely. The experts here at JM Roofing and Siding know why this substance forms, how to remove everything from your roof and home, and how to keep it from forming again in the future. 

What is Roof Algae?

There are many different types of algae, but the two most common types found on roofs are black and green algae. Black algae is more difficult to remove than green because black algae grows in moist areas, while green thrives on dry surfaces. If the top of your house has a lot of dead vegetation or other organic material that can harbor moisture, then your risk for algae growth increases. 

How do Your Remove Roof Algae?

If you find this problem on your home, gently scrub your roof with a soft bristle brush, rinse with water, and avoid using soap. Rinsing the area well will help to remove all traces of algae! If you do use soap, be sure to rinse off any residue completely, or else the soap may discolor your shingles. Repeat this process regularly (weekly or bi-weekly), especially during hot summer months, to prevent further growth of algae on your roof.

Best Practices to Avoid Roof Algae in the Future

Simply put, maintenance is the best preventative practice for protecting your humble abode! The best way to avoid roof algae in the future is to stay on top of your maintenance and have your roof inspected at least once every year. However, if you are having trouble cleaning up an established growth, professional help might be needed.

Roofing Professionals in Fairfield County

If your roof needs to be replaced or repaired, our team is ready to help! JM Roofing & Siding of Norwalk, CT, will ensure your roof is durable enough to handle anything because our quality is over your head.

Request a free estimate today at 203-299-0716 or online. We look forward to helping you become eco-friendly!

Fire Prevention Tips for Summer

House under hot sun

Summertime can be an incredibly hot and humid time of year, especially here in Connecticut, where summers come faster than we realize. With all that heat and humidity, it can be easy to forget about fire safety, but there are several steps you can take to ensure that your home stays safe and cool this summer season. Here are some roof fire prevention tips for summer!

Get a Roof Inspection

The summer heat can cause extreme pressure on roofs and walls, potentially weakening them. To avoid a big headache (and possible devastation) later, ensure your roof is in good shape before you fire up that grill or light those fireworks. 

Consider getting a professional inspection at least once a year — or whenever you notice any signs of damage or wear. Once you’ve found issues, address them as soon as possible to avoid even bigger problems down the road (like leaks or cave-ins).

Keep an Eye on Your Gutters

If you live in a home with no fire-resistant roofing, you need to be especially careful about your gutters. Be sure to clean them out regularly so that no dead leaves or other material could catch fire and cause a blaze. A good gutter cleaning can also prevent more mundane problems with leaking and flooding.

Keep Chimneys Clean

A clean chimney helps prevent fires and allows smoke to exit in a timely manner — after all; it can’t escape through cobwebs. Cleaning a chimney thoroughly can be dangerous, so hire a professional if you aren’t comfortable taking on such a task.

Install The Right Roofing Protection

The most common cause of fires in homes during summer is failure to maintain fireproofing on roofs. Be sure to examine your roof regularly and get a professional evaluation if you notice any areas that could pose a potential problem. 

If you have an asphalt shingle roof, it’s recommended that you install fireproof coating every ten years or so; if you have a wood shake roof, it’s recommended that you install a water-based sealant every five years or so.

Roofing Experts of Norwalk

Our team of experienced and professional roofing contractors looks forward to serving Connecticut residents’ roofing needs. We can thoroughly examine the roof, identify the underlying problem, and make the needed corrections. Homeowners who notice any preceding concerns are urged to contact us as soon as possible.