Friday, July 15, 2016

How Algae Can Harm Your Roof

Have you had your roof inspected yet this summer?

Have you noticed peeling or cracking shingles on your roof?

Are you experiencing leaks in your home coming from the roof?

If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, it’s time for you to get your roof inspected! In the summer months, it’s important to make sure your roof is in the best shape it can be, so it can stand up to storms, and damage.

Aside from looking ugly on your roof, algae and other growth on your roof can be damaging not only to your roof, but to your health.

  • Algae – This plant likes dampness and shade, which makes wood and asphalt shingles particularly vulnerable. Algae can retain water, which will deteriorate your shingles over time. In addition, the spores have proven to be harmful when breathed in over a long period of time.
  • Moss – Moss also likes moisture, and grows on a lot of wood roofs, causing the roof to rot. This can go unnoticed to the untrained professional, and can be very damaging to the overall structure of your home.
  • Mold – You already know that mold (especially black mold) is toxic and can cause many respiratory problems and illnesses if it is found in your home. Mold spreads quickly, and can weaken the entire structure of your home.
  • Mildew – Mildew is a type of algae that shows up as a powdery consistency, and likes warm, humid environments. If your roof has poor drainage, or trees hang over your roof, there’s a chance you have a fast-spreading mildew growing on your shingles.

Proper care and maintenance is important to keep the different types of algae away from your roof! If you need an inspection, trust Wilderness Construction to be your roofing contractor in Ann Arbor and make sure that your home is safe for your family!

Wilderness Construction Inc. is The Premier Roofing Contractor in Ann Arbor!

Call us today to set up an inspection time and we’ll send out one of our friendly and experienced roofing technicians.

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