Asphalt Roofing Shingles, Algae and Homeowners Insurance Lackawanna, Luzerne Counties
Of course, no one likes a home that LOOKS in need of repair. But an even greater concern arises when actual repairs are needed. And it seems at the moment there is a certain amount of controversy as to which is the case, when it comes to algae stains and homeowners insurance.
Recently some homeowners began reporting notices from their insurance companies instructing them to clean their roof or coverage would be cancelled. This practice seems only fairly recent, and one North Carolina roofing contractor says it’s the first year he’s received cleaning requests from homeowners related to an insurance matter. Insurance companies are constantly looking for ways to protect their own interests and reduce their risk therefore this kind of action may increase. So it’s a good idea for homeowners to know a little about algae, as well as something about asphalt shingle cleaning and replacement in these conditions.
Algae can grow freely and accumulate on the surface of asphalt shingle roofs because it is airborne, and moves from surface to surface. Algae shows itself in the form of gray and black streaks and stains, visible on virtually any color roof. Algae doesn’t actually damage roofing material because it doesn’t grow roots or penetrate the surface. It is unsightly however, and gives the appearance of premature age.
Annual and twice-a-year cleanings can make a huge difference in the look and condition of your roof, and your wallet. A roof replacement may cost between $6,000 and $15,000. A roof cleaning from a qualified professional may range from $500 to $1000. This may be a small price to pay to preserve your roofing materials, the curb appeal of your home, and your homeowner’s insurance coverage.
When a residential roof does run it’s course, or if it’s time to replace your roof due to any type of wear and deterioration, there is an algae resistant solution available from one roofing manufacturer, which can eliminate worries about algae for the life of the roof. Atlas Shingles featuring Scotchgard™ Protector are a new long-term solution for eliminating algae streaks and stains on residential asphalt shingles.