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Painting your roof is not just about making it stand out in your neighbourhood … although it will. The paint helps protect the roof from the nasty scourge of <cue ominous background music> lichen, algae and mould.
Ok, lichen, algae and mould don’t seem dangerous enough to warrant an ominous background music cue, but bear with us. Algae can leave ugly streaks on your roof, lowering your kerb appeal, and can also be an indicator of some underlying issue, thereby lowering your home value.
Algae and lichen adheres to the roofing surface, sucking in moisture like a sponge. These standing pools of water, held very close to the roof’s surface, can begin to rot and rust the underlying roof. This can lead to expensive roofing repairs.
Moisture hanging around on your roof is also bad because it begins to develop mould. And mould spores can be a health risk to you and your family, whether you are in your yard breathing them in, or whether the mould enters the house through leaks.
Lichen can also get in between the tiles and shingles, pushing them apart and again requiring a repair to fix.