The Black Streaks on Your Roof: Gloeocapsa Magma and How to Get Rid of It

by View Crew Services | 08/28/2023

The Black Streaks on Your Roof: Gloeocapsa Magma and How to Get Rid of It

Over time, many homeowners notice unsightly black streaks diminishing the beauty and function of their roofs. These streaks can make a home appear older and less well-kept than it actually is. So, what causes these dark marks, and how can you get rid of them?

What Are The Black Streaks?

The black streaks you see on your roof are caused by a bacterium called Gloeocapsa Magma. This type of bacteria feeds on the limestone filler used in asphalt shingles. Over time, as the bacteria accumulate, they develop a dark, protective outer coating, which leads to the appearance of black streaks on your roof.

Why Are They a Problem?

While the black streaks may seem like just an aesthetic issue, they can have more serious implications. The growth of Gloeocapsa Magma can lead to the premature aging of your roof and can also result in higher energy bills, as the dark stains absorb more heat. Additionally, the presence of this bacteria can encourage the growth of other organisms, like moss and algae, which can further damage your roof and shorten its lifespan.

How to Get Rid of The Black Streaks

Many homeowners make the mistake of trying to power wash these stains away. However, this can cause more harm than good, as the high pressure can damage the shingles, remove granules, and lead to water intrusion. The safest and most effective way to remove Gloeocapsa Magma and the associated black streaks is through a process called soft washing.

Soft washing is a gentle cleaning method that utilizes specialized cleaning solutions to break down dirt, grime, and organic growth without the need for high pressure. At ViewCrew Window Washing, we use a soft washing technique that removes any risk of damage to your property. We apply the cleaning chemicals gently to the exterior surfaces and allow them to dwell. This process removes all growth, dirt, and stains, rejuvenating your roof and other exterior surfaces back to their original look without removing paint or staining.

Protect Your Roof with ViewCrew Window Washing

At ViewCrew Window Washing, we are committed to providing the highest quality services to our customers. Our soft washing technique not only removes Gloeocapsa Magma and other growth but also prevents further growth for 1-3 years, lengthening the lifespan of your exterior surfaces and improving your home’s curb appeal.

If you are noticing black streaks on your roof and want to address the issue before it leads to more significant problems, contact ViewCrew Window Washing. Our expert team will assess your home and provide the best solution to restore your roof’s beauty and integrity. And, with our Sparkle ‘n Smile Warranty, if you are not satisfied, we will return to perfect the shine in no time!

Don’t let Gloeocapsa Magma rob your home of its beauty and your roof of its longevity. Schedule your soft washing service with ViewCrew Window Washing today. Your roof, and your wallet, will thank you.