Algae are actually plants that do not have roots, stems, leaves, flowers, et cetera. However, the variety that grows on roofs relies on the sun, moisture, and the shingles to provide sustenance for their growth. Since asphalt shingles are made of limestone, algae have ample supply of food from these shingles. The most common type of algae that grow on roofs is gloeocapsa magma.
Algae that grow on roofs usually give the roof a dark and often times unsightly color and also hideous streaks and stains. These organisms also cause the roof to look much older that it really is. They also give the visual impression that the roof is in need of replacement.
One of the major problems with roof algae is not so much the unsightly streaks and stains on the roof but the fact that as time goes by; they will cause the shingles to lift which could have a domino effect in terms of roof damage.
With the climate of Florida being what it is, algal growth on roofs is a common issue that an Orlando roofer faces. The good news is that roof algae can be removed with targeted cleaning methods. By so doing, not only will the life of the roof be extended but its curb appeal will significantly be enhanced.
An Orlando roofer is able to get rid of roof algae in a professional way that does not damage the shingles. The right chemicals, process, and safety equipment ensure that the job is done right the first time.