Gloeocapsa Magma, Roof Algae
Gloeocapsa magma is a photosynthetic cyanobacteria made up of a small group of algae spores. It is responsible for the black and dark green stains on roofs. These black stains are the bacteria themselves in mass amounts covering the surface of the shingles. This algae has been around for a long time. Only in the recent years has it been considered to have detrimental effects worthy of prevention. This algae causes substantial damage around the shingles. Decay and loss of reflective power are common. Over time, it begins to break down the contents of the shingles by eating the limestone granules embedded in the shingles. This decreases your roof’s ability to reflect ultra violet rays of the sun. The quality of the shingles also slowly diminishes. Shingles are known to curl up at the corners as well as form raised bumps on the surface. This can ultimately result in broken and disintegrated shingles. In the long run, this has been known to increase air conditioning and energy bills and has lead to costly and more frequent roof repair. The best preventative strategy is annual roof cleanings using a blend of chemicals to rid your roof of the Gloeocapsa Magma , roof algae problem. Then by rinsing the roof with a low pressure power wash, you will have a roof that looks like new again.
Why have my roof washed you ask?
Here are a few reasons to have your roof washed. The first being the life and longevity of your roof and home. This algae Gloeocapsa Magma grows on your shingles and spreads all over, as this happens it loosens the granules that are important to the shingles. Ones health is another. The Algae spores are blown hear and there with the wind and can spread to other parts of the property. It can affect people with allergies as well. For the most part the visual aspect is the top reason people have their roof washed. It improves the curb appeal which increases the homes investment value and may also please possible home buyers when the home is for sale.
Will it kill my plants?
Nope. We take time to insure we do not harm anything at all. We use a hydrogen peroxide based cleaner. It only stays active long enough for us to clean your roof and wash away your problems. We will insure you that your plants are safe. ECO-Safe cleaners that really pack a punch while still remaining safe for the environment.
Will my roof be damaged?
Not one bit. We use only low pressure and our application is very easy on your roof. Our chemical cleaning uses a oxygen based chemical, similar to hydrogen peroxide, that kills the algae, mold and mildew from your roof as well as remove dirt and stains without damaging the surface. We then rinse your roof after cleaning it. The low pressure from rinsing leaves your roof looking like new again. It will not harm your plants.
Is there anything I should do prior to the cleaning?
Most of the time nothing is needed.
Is there anything I need to do after the cleaning?
Nope, Just sit back and enjoy your clean, algae free roof! We do all the work for you.
Should I hire the company that offers the lowest price?
- The cost you see in the brochure or handout may not be the actual amount you are asked to pay. Some homeowners learned the hard way and the lower price advertised turned into contractor add ons during the actual estimate.
- Some roof cleaners cut corners and low ball prices to get jobs. Then they will rush through the job in order to make it up.
- This business has a low start up cost, many companies are here one year and gone the next. Starting up takes time and a knowledge of the industry. Some contractors don't educate themselves because power washing looks simple and they see easy money. Most of them lack the proper equipment, cleaning solutions, liability insurance, know how, professionalism, and usually charge an extremely low price compared to a professional.
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