We get a lot of inquiries about moss and algae from homeowners here in the Raleigh area. Since it is very humid here, the likelihood you will have to deal with some sort of “outbreak” on your roof is pretty high. You have to remember it isn’t the end of the world and, if caught early, can be easily fixed. Below are a few things you should know about these potential threats to your Raleigh roof and the basics of how to avoid it.

What Are Moss and Algae?

First off, it is important to note, moss and algae are very different things. While they both occupy the same space, your roof, they have distinctly different mechanisms for doing so. This means they have two different effects on your Raleigh roofing system. Both get on your roof through the transference of spores from wind or animal. One thing these two roof “pests” have in common is the methods for preventing them are nearly the same. Meaning you can often kill two spores with one stone–as the saying goes. 

 Preventing Algae and Mold Growth

Keeping your Raleigh roof clear of algae and moss is actually pretty easy but does take a bit of work on your part and knowledge on the part of your roofer. Six main things will protect your roof from algae and moss.

The 6 things you can do to keep algae and moss off your roof are

  1. Remove Debris 
  2. Keep your gutters Clean 
  3. Trim The Trees Around Your Roof 
  4. Make Sure Your Roof Is Properly Ventilated 
  5. Use Algae-Resistant Roofing Materials 
  6. Have Regular Roof Inspections

Why Do I Need To Get Rid Of Algae and Moss on My Roof?

As we have talked about, algae and moss are prevented in much the same manner. But how they affect your Raleigh roof is where the two diverge. Algae does not cause any physical damage to your roof but is incredibly ugly–leaving dark streaks on the roof surface. Also, algae spores spread fast, so once you see it on your roof it is best to get rid of it right away lest you are left with a nasty appearance all over the top of your home. Moss, on the other hand, can severely damage your roof. The build-up of moss causes shingles to lift and warp, loosening bonds between your roof and shingles and making them fall off.   This is why both algae and moss need to be dealt with right away–or it could end up costing you more money

For more information on algae and moss removal on your Raleigh roof, contact us at United Roofing Pros in Raleigh today!