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What's Growing on My House FAQs

Just what IS all of this stuff that’s growing on my house?

There are several biological growths that establish themselves on the exterior of your home, roof, decks, fences, and other surfaces. Without getting too technical, the following briefly describes the growths you may see on your Syracuse home:

Algae – this is most likely causing the black stains or streaks you see on asphalt shingles. The staining is caused by a resilient type of algae called Gloeocapsa Magma, which feeds on the crushed limestone that is used in asphalt shingles. Rain spreads the algae down the roof, causing the black streaking. Algae also retains moisture on your roof, making it more amenable to other damaging growths, such as moss and lichens.

Moss – this appears as green, spongy clumps that may be in random patterns. It can grow on any exposure (north, south, east, west), but is most often seen in areas of heavy shade and/or low tree branch growth. Moss anchors into the top layer of your roof’s shingles, causing the granules to loosen and fall off. Moss can grow up into the gullets of your shingle, causing its edges to lift.

Mildew/Mold – this appears as green “colonies” that are often connected to one another. As with moss, it can grow on any exposure and is most often seen in areas of heavy shade and/or low tree branch growth.

Lichen – this appears as orange, white, light green, or yellowish spots that resemble star-shaped bursts. It can grow on any exposure (north, south, east, west), but is most often seen in areas of heavy shade and/or low tree branch growth. Lichen has great potential to damage your roof. It anchors into the top layer of your roof’s shingles, causing the granules to loosen and fall off. Like moss, lichens can grow up into the gullets of your shingle, lifting the edges.

Each of these growths requires a different approach and the use of the correct cleaning solution is key to their successful removal. Your Syracuse house washing expert has an assortment of choices available to ensure excellent results.

If you are looking for a Syracuse house washing company then please call 315-345-4518 or complete our online request form.

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