Roofing tiles are prized for their extreme durability, long life, and aesthetic appeal. Unfortunately, they can also develop stains. Don't let a fear of stains prevent you from getting a tile roof, especially if you really like the look of the tiles. The green to black stains commonly seen on tile roofs are the result of mold and algae growth. The following tips can help you overcome this issue so you can have the roof you love.
Tip #1: Keep It Clean
As a general rule, mold and algae doesn't grow and feed on the clay tiles, but on dirt, dust, and debris that settles on the roof. Generally, this should be rinsed away each time it rains. During periods of dry weather, though, the dust can accumulate to the point where a light rain only moistens it, leading to mold growth. To prevent this, hose off the roof with a garden hose sprayer to keep the dust and dirt from building up. This isn't a perfect solution, but it does help minimize the growth.
Tip #2: Trim Back Trees
Trees growing near the home can easily make your roof tiles moss and algae prone. The trees drop leaves on the roof, which provides both organic matter and moisture for the growths. Trees also shade the roof, another requirement for most moss and algae to flourish. Keep your trees trimmed back so they don't overhang your roof. As an added benefit, you won't need to worry about a branch breaking and damaging a tile.
Tip #3: Get a Professional Chemical Treatment
A professional roofer can apply an absorbent cleaner to the roof. This cleaner removes current moss and algae along with the stains. It is also absorbed into the tile pores, so that is releases slowly over a long period and continues to kill any moss or algae that tries to develop. You can even have pretreated tiles installed when the roof is originally put on, just keep in mind you will likely need to have the treatment reapplied periodically because it does lose effectiveness over time.
This treatment does require walking on the roof. Not only is this dangerous, it can also lead to loose or damaged roof tiles. For this reason, it is important to bring in a professional to apply it instead of trying to do it yourself. Contact a roofer in your area for more help.
For tile roofing, contact a business such as Amick Roofing Inc.Share
23 February 2016
One thing I never realized about roofing is what a difference it can make in the appearance of a home. The roofing on my home was more than 20 years old before we got around to replacing it. As we were working with our roofing contractor to choose the materials that we wanted to use, I learned quite a bit about the many, many options that we had to consider. Our blog will show you several of the options and provide you with facts about each type of material that you can use. Hopefully, what we have included here will help you choose the roofing that will look and perform the best on your home.