"Why do we advertise that our shingles don’t streak?"
That’s a great and very important question.
We’ve all seen it before. You’re driving through a neighborhood, and if you’re looking at roofs (as we at ARP often do), you’ll notice that some have black streaks. Many think this streaking is simply caused by water, and while that’s partially correct, that not always what you’re seeing. You’re seeing algae.
Algae in and of itself is not always harmful, but it can be very harmful to a roof. They type of algae we’re speaking of is Gloeovaspa magma. This particular type of algae forms and survives on roofs because it feeds on the filler used in most roofing shingles. Easy fix, right? Not so quick. Although there are some companies that will offer to come out and clean it, there’s reason to be cautious.
Reason one: anytime someone wants to use a high-pressure washer on your shingled roof, just say no! The high-pressure cleaning process can reduce the effectiveness of your shingles and even cause irreparable damage to your roof.
Reason two: The algae, even if cleaned, can STILL grow back. Sounds like something out of a science fiction horror movie, but it’s true, particularly if the algae has had time to grow into lichen.
Reason three: You can spend up to $1,500 getting the algae cleaned from your roof only to have it return. This can often exceed the cost of your insurance deductible for a brand-new roof!
The best way to prevent algae from growing on your roof is to equip it with a shingle that is resistant to algae growth. Our roofing shingles feature the latest technology in algae prevention helping to ensure that your roof will NEVER streak. So, if you’re in the market for a new roof or are ready to get rid of that streaking for good, call ARP Roofing and Remodeling for a free consultation today!