If you live in an area where moisture is prevalent, you may have noticed some homes in your neighborhood that have black streaks present on their asphalt shingled rooftops. Keeping your own shingles protected from this phenomenon is likely to be on your mind. Here are some tips you can use to help in keeping black algae from becoming a nuisance on your asphalt rooftop.
Take Time To Remove Nearby Branches
If you have trees near your home, it is very important to keep up on the trimming of branches. If branches creep toward your rooftop, they will cause the risk of damage to your shingles and the roof in general. Since moisture can drip from these branches, the chance of black markings will increase since they are caused by mold, which is caused by wet conditions. Trimming your branches will reduce the dripping of water over your shingles, helping them to dry out as the sun will be able to reach them easier.
Check Gutters Over Tiers Of Shingles
If your home has more than one tier of roofing, it is important to place gutters on the upper tiers. This will help in keeping water from dripping toward the bottom tiers of asphalt shingles. Take the time to clean out the gutters on a routine basis so water does not spill out onto the shingles as a result.
Tend To Markings Right Away To Reduce Discoloration
When black streaks start to become apparent, steps will need to be taken to remove them. A cleaning agent made especially for asphalt shingles can be brushed over the markings to remove any mold from their surfaces. Use a soft-bristled brush in a circular motion over the affected areas to remove black mold. Alternately, dilute some bleach in a spray bottle and use it to saturate the blackened areas. Again, use a brush to get the mixture into the shingles effectively. Rinse the solution well after application.
Clean Off Your Rooftop After Each Storm
When storms are present in your area, your roof will be at risk of the collection of debris that flies through the air. It is extremely important to remove any debris from your rooftop as soon as it is noticed. If you ignore a tree branch or bundle of leaves that settles on your shingles, moisture will be retained underneath. This in turn will lead to the growth of black mold, leading to the unsightly marks on your shingles.
For more help, contact a company like Acoma Roofing, Inc.