Roof mold, is there a homemade solution to remove an limit roof mold

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  • Rose Broadway Rose Broadway on Nov 02, 2017
    Here is something that may help. Our roof has developed those stains too, and I don't like it!

  • Judy Smith Judy Smith on Nov 02, 2017
    Remove tree limbs that over hang the roof.

  • 1de5066309 1de5066309 on Nov 02, 2017
    Contact the manufacturer of the shingles or ones like yours. They may have a recommendation.

  • Amanda Amanda on Nov 02, 2017
    HI Joyce. I mix outdoor bleach with water, 50/50. Then spray it on and let it sit for a few hours and hose off. If it is pretty bad you may need to do this a few times.

  • William William on Nov 02, 2017
    The black mold-like stains and streaks that appear on roofs, particularly light-colored asphalt shingles, is actually a blue-green algae (Gloeocapsa magma). Commonly found in climates with warm, humid summers, it does no damage to the roofing, but it certainly does looks bad.

    The less expensive solution is to spray wash the roof with a 50 percent mix of water and bleach to get rid of the algae. (No pressure washers, please. They're likely to damage the shingles.) Just be sure to wet your foundation plantings first, and rinse everything in clean water when you're done. Plants don't like bleach, and wetting them with plain water first protects them. You can also cover them with tarps or plastic sheeting, which will protect the soil around your plants as well. Make sure that you create a wide radius around your home to be safe.
    Allow the solution to soak into the shingles for at least 15 minutes. If they are severely molded, you may want to give it a little longer. Next, rinse the shingles thoroughly with a garden hose at low pressure. Start from the top shingle and rinse downward to prevent water seepage.

    To keep the algae from coming back, insert 6-inch-wide strips of zinc or copper under the row of shingling closest to the roof peak, leaving an inch or two of the lower edge exposed to the weather. That way whenever it rains, some of the metal molecules will wash down the roof and kill any algae trying to regain a foothold on your shingles.
    You can probably see this same principle working on roofs in your neighborhood. Look for chimneys with copper flashing; the areas directly below the flashing will be free of any algae stains.
    The strips also work on roofs suffering from moss buildup. Just scrub it off first with a brush, then bleach as above.

  • David M itchell David M itchell on Nov 02, 2017
    I like William’s answer, I found years ago that people who use the old galvanized roof peak caps never had roof mold stains. If you choos to use the galvanized metal be sure it is the old fashioned kind because years ago they started using aluminum instead of zinc for the top coating because it is cheaper & much lighter for shipping.

    Hope this helps,
    David