Get Algae Off The Roof, And Show It The Door!
It’s GREAT to live in northeast Ohio. Unfortunately, people aren’t the only ones who think so. The pesky little single cell organism Gloeocapsa Magma also likes to put down roots here – and too often those “roots” are planted firmly in the roofs of our homes. You may not know Gloeocapsa Magma by name, but you’ve most likely seen this unwanted visitor in your neighborhood especially during this time of year when the temperature rises; it’s the blue green algae that creates unsightly streaks on roofs, driveways and home siding.
According to a research map created by the 3M Company, Ohio is located squarely in America’s algae growth belt Compared to states like Iowa, where Gloeocapsa Magma is less likely to take up residence, our climate and environmental conditions roll out a welcome mat for algae. Nothing against our Iowan friends, but we’d much rather stay put in the great Buckeye State and take steps to keep algae from making itself at home here by calling Mike Palubiak and his team at Perfect Power Wash.
Mike knows a thing or two about removing algae (as well as moss, mold and other contaminants) from roofs, driveways and other areas around the house. He’s been doing it successfully for 17 years and has even contributed to writing guidelines on the subject for the Power Washers of North America, a national trade group. With 22 professionally staffed Perfect Power Wash trucks on the road, he and his team will move fast to rid your home of algae streaking, which is especially important this time of year when algae growth is ready to kick into high gear.
Algae grows by feeding on the organic material and moisture found inside and in between roof shingles. As it sits there enjoying the free buffet on your roof, algae protects itself from the sun’s ultra violet rays by producing a dark streak. This is what creates the blackish streaks that mar the appearance of algae-covered roofs. The algae stain usually begins as a small spot. By the time this little blotch grows into a noticeable streak, the algae will have been present on the roof for several months or longer
Aside from being unattractive, algae also costs us money as home owners. By eating the matter inside the shingles, algae compromises the integrity of a roof, shortening its useful lifespan. The damaged caused by algae also makes a roof less effective at protecting the inside of a house from the elements. As if this weren’t bad enough, ugly algae stains reduce the perceived value of a home in the eyes of potential buyers, making it harder to get your asking price when you want to sell.
Although roofs get most of the attention, other areas around the house are also visited by algae as it spreads via airborne spores. Concrete may look “rock solid,” but it’s really a very porous material that resembles an English muffin on the inside. All those cozy little air pockets provide comfortable spots for algae to make itself at home. The tiny crevices of home siding material also give algae place to call its own.
Fortunately, Mike and his Perfect Power Wash team can remove algae from roofs and all other areas of the home safely, quickly and effectively. The company’s methods are tough on algae, but they’re completely safe for people, pets and home gardens.
Perfect Power Wash’s exclusive Low Pressure Soft Wash Roof Cleaning process kills algae with a thorough application of an environmentally safe algaecide solution. Each application contains a special additive that inhibits future algae growth to protect roofs for longer periods. For even greater extended protection, home owners can have Perfect Power Wash return each year to inspect for new signs of algae.
To protect driveways and other concrete surfaces, Perfect Power Wash relies on a three-step process. This begins with the application of a cleaning solution, followed by pressure washing. Once the concrete surface is cleaned, the company applies a siloxane sealer that shields the concrete against dirt, water, and other contaminants, while also allowing the concrete to breathe.
Algae is removed from home siding by a three-step process that begins with a thorough application of Perfect Power Wash’s biodegradable cleansers. This is followed by a selective soft bristle brush scrub and a fresh water rinse.
Calling Perfect Power Wash to remove algae from your roof and other areas of your home makes more sense than trying to tackle the problem yourself. Not only is it more effective, it’s also a whole lot safer. (Falls from ladders are a leading cause of serious household accidents.) Plus, letting the pros at Perfect Power Wash handle algae removal for you will give you more time to enjoy the Ohio spring and discover new reasons why this is such a great state (for people!) to live.