How Do I Get Rid of Water Stains on My Roof?

No one likes a dirty-looking roof, and stains are among the main culprits in this offense. However, stains are not necessarily just an aesthetic problem. As inclement weather and the elements contribute to wear and tear on your property overtime, stains may also indicate potential damage. Nowhere is this more evident than in the presence of water stains.

If you live in a state that tends to get a lot of precipitation, like Colorado, water stains are not uncommon. If your home has suffered significant storm damage overtime, you will want to hire a professional roofer to assess the damage. The more difficult question is what to do about water stains not caused by rain or snow.

Black or green water stains usually mean that you have algae or moss growing on your roof. The combination of moisture and sunlight on top of your roof unfortunately make it a perfect place for these organisms to thrive. This growth starts to become a problem when it leads to excessive dampness, which can threaten to weaken or even collapse parts of your roof. On top of this, moss and algae can also attract animals, which may cause additional issues. While you may be able to power-pray some of this growth away, you should always hire a certified expert to perform a roofing inspection, as trying to clean algae or moss improperly could end up making the damage worse.

White or yellow roof stains, meanwhile, suggests hard-water buildup. What’s different about this type of discoloration is that it tends to have nothing to do the weather, and actually stems from your air conditioner or evaporative cooler in most instances. You will usually find these stains in the lower areas of your roof, directly beneath your AC or cooler unit. Once again, it is better to hold off on traditional cleaning here, as scrubbing too hard could cause even more problems. The good news is that you may be able to get rid of these stains yourself with a safe, non-toxic vinegar solution.

Otherwise, for everything from stains roof leaks to commercial roofing work, you can trust Divine Roofing, Inc. Our Colorado Springs roofers have been helping homeowner and businessowners improve their properties with quality roofing service for over 30 years, and have the skills and experience to meet even the toughest challenges head on. We’ll also help you with insurance claim support, following those disasters you just can’t recover from alone.

Call to schedule a free inspection today at (719) 497-1005, or contact us online for more information.

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