Humidity is essentially synonymous with Houston, and if you’re a homeowner in Houston, then you are no stranger to this. Not only does the humidity make for unbearable heat in the summer, but it also invites algae to develop on your roof. In this article, we’ll explain the difference between moss and algae, how algae can damage your roof, and what you can do to protect it.
The Difference Between Moss And Algae
When homeowners see anything green on their roofs, they will refer to it as algae, moss, or mold. Moss and algae are both green, unwelcome plants, but they have their differences. For one, moss is a small, short plant that grows by collecting water through its leaves instead of through its roots.
On the other hand, algae ranges in color from green to black, lays flat on your roof, and doesn’t have any distinct roots or leaves. Both species thrive in dark, moist environments that experience limited disturbance.
How Does Algae Cause Tomball Roof Damage?
Algae will appear as spots or streaks along your roof and is often confused with mold. If you invested in an energy-efficient roof, the algae will impede your roof’s ability to reflect sunlight. When this occurs, you’ll notice a higher energy bill. Algae damage will also cause your roof shingles to dry out, which will cause them to lose their shape, become brittle, and crumble and crack over time.
What You Can Do To Reduce Tomball Roof Damage From Algae
Here are some helpful tips to prevent algae growth.
Keep Your Roof And Gutters Clear
Regularly perform Tomball roof maintenance so that plants and twigs don’t build up on your roof and harbor moisture, as this is the perfect way to encourage algae growth. By also trimming your trees, you’ll let the sun’s rays onto your roof, which will stop the growth process of algae right in its tracks.
Get Tomball Roof Repairs And Tomball Roof Replacement As Needed
If your roof has sustained significant damage from algae, then you may need a few Tomball roof repairs. If the damage is severe and widespread enough, you may even need a Tomball roof replacement.
To mitigate algae growth, we recommend you get Tomball roof inspections on a regular basis so we can spot this damage early on and take care of it. The last thing you want to do is delay your roof repairs or roof replacement when you notice algae streaks on your roofing, as ignoring it will only worsen the problem.
If you would like to inspect your roof and/or get a quote for Tomball algae streak roof repair, then please contact us so we can schedule an inspection and give you an estimate.