You probably know that algae isn’t only found in the ocean. But did you know that it can thrive on your roof? If you have noticed black streaks on your roof, it’s algae – not mold. So, while there’s no need for alarm, it’s good to know how algae affects your roof, and what you can do about it. Addressing algae now will help you maintain your roof and avoid mold and mildew problems in the future. Let’s look at three ways algae affects your roof.
Though algae starts out blue-green, it will eventually spread as a black stain across your roof. First, the algae spores attach to your roof. Then, they grow and spread, especially in humid or wet conditions. These unsightly black streaks get worse if left unaddressed. And it only takes a couple years for algae growth to stain your roof. By then, the stains would require professional cleaning.
Algae stains start by disturbing the aesthetic of your roof. But if left alone, they can cause other problems, too. As the algae grows and spreads, it can migrate over any energy-saving roofing panels you may have on your roof. And without the ability to reflect sunlight, these panels can’t do their job of lowering your energy costs.
If algae has grown over your energy-saving roofing, it’s already hurting your long-term investment. And if allowed to remain on your roof, the algae will grow into places where it can do real damage. As roofs age and leak more often, the algae will make its way into a leak, making it harder and more costly to remove. And with algae leaking through your roof, mold is likely to follow.
It’s good to catch algae growth before it makes gross stains on your roof. Save yourself time and money by staying one step ahead of the game. To have your roof professionally inspected, call Quality RRC at (615) 604-5165.
Can you tell if your commercial roof needs to be replaced? With each changing season, your roof puts up with a lot. That why roofing professionals recommend you have it inspected once or twice a year. It’s good to check your own roof often to make sure everything is normal. But make sure to have a professional take a look just in case.
To catch problems early, have your commercial roof inspected regularly. This will include checking for signs that your commercial roof needs to be replaced. Now let’s check out some of those signs.
An average commercial roof will last around 20-25 years. As the roof ages, the potential for problems rises. One issue we see on aging commercial roofs is blistering. This happens when moisture seeps under the outer layer of the roof. Then, as the sun heats the roof, the blisters are aggravated. These weaknesses will lead to leaks and other issues.
A worn and leaky roof isn’t able to seal in the building’s heating and air conditioning. If you notice unusually high heating and cooling bills, it could be because your roof needs to be replaced. Small fixes can typically stop small problems. But if there’s enough damage to the roof, it may need to be replaced. An inspection by an experienced professional will help you determine what to do.
Rotting and water stains are sure signs that there is already a leak in the roof. If you find these, your commercial roof will almost certainly need to be replaced. Water stains hint at the presence of mold and rotting wood. Any roof rot not only compromises the effectiveness of the roof, but also seriously decreases its safety. It’s best to call a licensed, bonded, and insured roofer who can safely inspect the state of your roof.
If damage to your roof go unnoticed or ignored, the damage ultimately spreads throughout the building. Anything that can get through leaks or gaps in the roof will escalate the problem, whether that’s rain or ice, or mice and other pests. If you notice water stains, mold growth, or signs of pests entering through the roof, take action before the problem gets worse and the solution gets more expensive.
Don’t delay. If you have noticed any of these signs that your commercial roof needs to be replaced, call Quality RRC today at (615) 604-5165.