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Why a Denver Roofing Company Should Install Algae Resistant Shingles


September 28, 2016

If your roof is always battling hot and humid conditions and lack sufficient shade, it is possible that you are dealing with algae and moss problems. You will find that moss or algae show up when your roof is facing the east. However, it can also do so in other instances. However, this is on the basis of the amount of heat, shade, and humidity it endures. A Denver Roofing Company will be able to assess the problem and provide a viable solution.  

Unwelcoming Situation
There are many homeowners that experience this unwelcoming situation, which results in unattractive discoloration of the roof. Algae problems do not make any distinctions as to which roof it will attack. As long as your roof encounters enough humidity to cause algae to attach to your roof, it is time to consider asking for professional help. You do have a few preventative options, one of which is the installation of algae resistant roof shingles. Let’s look at it more closely.

Algae Resistance
The algae resistant shingle is specifically made to prevent the growth of algae. To the naked eye, these look like the traditional shingles, but they are not manufactured in the same way. Instead, copper granules are embedded strategically within each of the shingles. This ensures that the roof is expansively protected with a uniformed look and color.

The Copper Ingredient
The idea behind these types of roof shingles is the copper ingredient, which is an innovative technology that keeps the algae from attaching to the roof. The copper is directly built into the colored granules, making it invisible, but with the ability of preventing algae from surviving on the surface of the roof. It will only cost you a few extra dollars to get algae resistant shingle roofs. The additional cost is worth it, since you don’t have to worry about removing algae. To find out more about preventing this, refer to the Guide to Identifying, Removing, Preventing Algae, Fungus, Lichens, Moss on Roof Shingles 

The Rain
Without the resistant shingles, rain adds moisture to the roof, serving as a breeding place for algae. On the other hand, the copper in the resistant shingles will further activate when it rains to distribute the algae fighting elements throughout the entire roof.

The Inception
The inception of algae resistant shingles came about in the 1960s by 3M, a company that patented the concept prior to bringing it to the marketplace. Since the 1960s, these types of shingles have gone through different kinds of manufacturing processes. At first, algaecide coatings was applied and then later, zinc, but this was discontinued due to the potential harm to the environment. Finally, copper granules were proven to be the best option.

The Expectation
A Denver roofing professional is knowledgeable about the process and that is why it is so important to engage the services of this expert. Moreover, not all products live up to their expectation and so a professional will be able to tell which ones will have the humidity percentage to handle at least 70% humidity.

To have algae resistant shingles installed, discuss your options with the Roof Doctor. You can call 303-618-9889 for a free consultation.