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Kent Roofing: Article About Preventing Moss and Algae Related Problems

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Having moss or algae on a roof can be dangerous to the residents that reside within the home. It is something that affects more than just the aesthetic value of the home. For instance, roofs are generally made out of materials such as wood shingles, asphalt shingles or roll roofing. The presence of moss and algae can cause a number of different problems when left unattended on these particular materials. It is important to understand the causes of having mold and algae on one's room in order to know when it is time to call in a Kent roofing specialist.

Moss and lichens on these different types of roofing materials, especially asphalt shingles, can cause damage to the mineral granule coating that is used to hold the shingles onto the surface of the roof. During the cold winter months, this problem becomes even more apparent due to the freezing of the moisture on the surface of the roof. There are a number of different ways that one can avoid getting algae and moss on their roof. One of the most effective ways is with the use of metal flashing underneath the shingles. This adds an extra layer of protection around the edges of a roof and around protruding structures on a roof, like chimneys or sunroofs.

The roofing experts at Chase Construction of Kent WA can assist you with any questions regarding metal roofing or commercial roofing.

Another way to avoid getting algae or moss on roofs is by limiting the amount of shade that covers the surface. Moss and algae grow more effectively in shaded conditions away from sunlight. Therefore keeping trees and shrubbery away from the top of a roof can assist in keeping algae and moss from growing, or at least limit the potential for it to grow on the roof. If this precaution does not work, and one finds the need to replace their existing roof, the new shingles can be treated with anti-algae chemicals that help to keep moss and algae from being able to grow on the shingles.

Nothing is guaranteed, however, and sometimes one may find that they still have moss or algae growing on their roof. If it's noticed in time, one can actually have the roof cleaned in an attempt to get rid of it. If the moss or algae has been on the roof for a prolonged period of time, one will be unable to clean the roof without damaging it, and at this point, one will have to have the entire roof replaced.

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