If you look up at your roof, you may notice discoloration caused by moss or algae. Both can make your home look unattractive and may cause damage to your shingles or make the roof unable to perform as well as it should. Cleaning your roof can eliminate moss or algae, but it’s a job that you should leave to professional roofers.

How Can Moss and Algae Grow on a Roof and Cause Problems?

If a roof or a section of it is located in a shaded area and is exposed to moisture, moss can grow on top of shingles. As moss spreads, the edges of roofing shingles can be forced upward. When shingles become loose, water can seep under them. Shingles that have been loosened by moss can also be blown off by a storm or a strong gust of wind.

Birds and wind can carry algae spores to a roof, where they can grow in moist areas. Algae may not cause damage to roofing shingles, but it can make a reflective or cool roof less able to do its job.

How Can You Protect Your Roof?

If you notice moss or algae growing on your roof, you should have it removed before it causes additional issues that can lead to serious damage. Cleaning your roof is a simple way to eliminate moss or algae, but it’s not a job that the average homeowner should tackle.

For starters, climbing on a roof is dangerous. To get rid of moss or algae, the roof will need to be hosed down and cleaned with a mixture of bleach and water. It can be difficult to carry necessary supplies up a ladder, and cleaning shingles while walking around on a sloped and wet surface can lead to a serious accident.

Hire Professionals to Inspect and Clean Your Roof

If you’re concerned about moss or algae growth on the roof of your Connecticut home, JS and R Roofing can help. We’ve been serving homeowners across the state for more than 20 years.

We can start by inspecting your roof to find out if you have an issue with moss or algae and how serious it is. We can also check for other signs of damage, such as loose shingles and moisture that has seeped below the surface.

Once we’ve determined how significant the problem is and what needs to be done, we can give you a quote to clean your roof and to make any repairs that may be necessary. Contact us today to schedule an appointment for a roof inspection and cleaning.

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