Roofing Options

When a homeowner has a new roof placed onto their home by an experienced Toms River roofing contractor, the owner expects the roof to continue looking great for many years. A sudden growth of black algae on the roof’s butt joint and other low laying areas may cause stains and discolorations, resulting in an unattractive appearance. Algae can grow in any environment and is spread by wind, birds and squirrels. Fortunately, by choosing certain types of replacement roofing materials, property owners can avoid the problem of algae stains on their rooftops.

One great material for avoiding the growth of black algae is a newly developed type of asphalt shingle. These shingles include a thin layer of zinc or copper in their granules. These metals naturally inhibit the growth of moss and algae and can prevent those unsightly stains. This type of shingle installs in the same way that a traditional three tab or architectural shingle does, and there are no outward differences in the look or feel of the shingle.

Another option for homeowners to consider is to have the roofers install strips of copper underneath the top course of shingles. This method is ideal for use on roofs made of cedar or redwood shingles, as these natural woods are especially prone to the growth of algae and mosses.

The roofing crew can install these strips so that they are not visible from the curb. Each time there is rain, a few copper molecules get washed down the slopes of the roof. The copper is poisonous to algae, yet it will not harm any nearby landscaping or trees.

For a completely algae proof roof, homeowners may want to consider having their houses roofed with metal. Galvanized steel is a great choice for new rooftops. Manufacturers have created steel panels that resemble other materials such as slate tiles. The metal panels are fully insulated to minimize noise and enhance energy efficiency. Galvanized steel has a zinc component that naturally resists growth of algae and other microorganisms.

Property owners interested in a premium look to their roofing systems might consider copper roofing. A new copper roof will last for 50 to 70 years and is a great investment. Algae and moss are not able to grow on the solid surface of a copper roof, which means there will be minimal needs for maintenance. Over time, the roof will develop an attractive patina that will continue inhibiting the growth of black algae. The roofing experts at Fortified Roofing of Toms River NJ can answer your questions about gutters or new roofs.

Roofing term provided by Fortified Roofing, Toms River NJ:

Butt joint

The butt joint of a roof is where two separate planes of the roof’s surfaces meet and form a valley. This intersection is at an increased risk of problems such as leaks and often has extra layers of underlay to prevent such problems.

Question answered by Toms River roofing company Fortified Roofing:

Can all types of roofing materials develop a growth of black algae?

No, not all roofing materials will experience the growth of black algae on their surfaces. Metal roofs are the least likely to develop an algal growth. This is because the ions in the metal act as a growth inhibitor to living organisms. Natural slate roofs are also unlikely to have algae growths.

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