How to Remove and Prevent Black Algae Stains on Asphalt Shingle Roofs

By: Danny Lipford

If you live in a humid area of the country, you’ve probably seen unsightly dark streaks on asphalt shingle roofs. Though often attributed to an accumulation of dirt, defective shingles, mold, or mildew; the most common culprit is actually a blue-green algae known as Gloeocapsa Magma that is spread by airborne spores.
While algae growth does little harm to roofing, the stains don’t help the overall appearance or resale value of your home.

You may also have noticed that algae stains are absent directly below the metal flashing around chimneys or roof vents. This is due to fact that copper and the zinc coating on galvanized sheet metal are toxic to algae. Every time it rains, trace amounts of metals are washed down the roof, inhibiting algae growth.

Algae Resistant Shingles
In recent years, roofing manufacturers have begun mixing copper granules into roofing products to produce algae resistant shingles. If you live in an area susceptible to algae growth, be sure to specify this type of shingle when replacing your roof.
Chemical Cleaning
Algae stains can be removed by cleaning, though they usually return. While an occasional cleaning might not harm your roof, repeated use of harsh chemicals, or the erosive effects of pressure washing, can damage or shorten the life of asphalt shingles.
There are several products on the market specifically designed to remove algae stains from roofs, such as Wet & Forget and Moss Out. A mixture of trisodium phosphate (TSP), bleach, and water will also remove stains. Oxygen bleach lightens stains as well and is less harmful to the environment, but it doesn’t produce as immediate or dramatic an effect as chlorine bleach.
Here’s what you’ll need to clean your roof:

Pump sprayer
Garden hose with spray nozzle
Safety glasses or goggles
Rubber gloves
Safety rope
Old clothes
Slip resistant shoes
Working on a roof can be dangerous, and it becomes even more hazardous when wet, so be sure to take adequate safety precautions. Avoid working on steep roofs, wear slip resistant shoes, and use a safety rope where needed. When working with harsh chemicals, be sure to protect your skin and eyes.

Bleach can damage or kill other plants in addition to algae, so wet down any grass, shrubs, or other plants where runoff will occur before and after applying bleach. Covering bushes with plastic after wetting them down helps as well.

It’s best to clean your roof on a cloudy day to prevent the cleaner from evaporating too quickly. If you know the manufacturer of your shingles, contact them or check their website for specific recommendations on cleaning. When using a product made for cleaning roofs or oxygen bleach, follow the directions on the container.

While the recipe for cleaning a roof with bleach can vary, the basic formula is:

1 quart bleach (6% sodium hypochlorite)
1 gallon water
1/4 cup TSP (trisodium phosphate) or other heavy duty cleaner (don’t use a cleaner that contains ammonia or is not recommended for mixing with bleach, as it can result in poisonous chlorine gas)
Pour the ingredients into a pump type garden sprayer, mix well, and spray
After wetting down the roof with the solution, allow it to remain on the roof for about 15 minutes before rinsing off with a hose.
To keep algae from coming back once your roof is clean, install a strip of copper or zinc coated sheet metal along each side of the roof just below the ridge. To be effective, 2”- 4” of metal should be visible on the roof.
While copper is more toxic to algae, galvanized sheet metal is much less expensive. Both copper and galvanized metal are available in rolls of various widths and thickness both online and from local metal suppliers. You can also purchase zinc strips specifically made to eliminate roof algae from Z-Stop.

Narrow strips of sheet metal can be attached directly to your roof using roofing nails or screws with a rubber washer. For wider pieces of sheet metal, loosen the self-sealing tabs on the top row of shingles with a putty knife, slip part of the sheet metal under them, and nail it in place under the shingles with roofing nails.

The methods used to eliminate and prevent algae on your roof can also be applied to moss.

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No more ladders, clean your gutters with this easy DIY device.

We all start autumn bright-eyed and optimistic, eager to pick apples, gaze at the stars, or watch the leaves change color before they flutter into the wind. But fall’s beauty fades when you find yourself teetering on a ladder to clear rooftop gutters of debris before it clogs, freezes, or even bursts the gutter. In the face of these unforgiving elements, the resourceful DIYer behind Spilling Coffee remained determined not to buy a pricier telescopic gutter-cleaning wand or other leaf pickup tools to reach his 12-foot-high roofline. Instead, inspiration hit while using a leaf vacuum to rid a floral bed of leaves, and the blogger devised a creative solution to gutter clutter—one that can keep your rooftop gutters clean, your wallet full, and your feet firmly planted on the good, green earth. He converted his existing chipper and leaf vacuum into a gutter cleaner.


This homemade gutter vacuum harnesses the power of everyday tools in the shed: a vacuum that can handle wet and dry debris (if not a chipper vacuum, a shop vacuum or leaf blower with a reverse function will do), a hose with extension tubing, and aluminum duct elbows. Bonded together with aluminum tape, the two duct elbows form an ingenious “hook” at the end of the vacuum hose, curved to aim your machine’s suction right at the gutters. Start up the vacuum, glide the hook across the gutter, and watch from the comfort and safety of the ground floor as your humble vacuum captures lingering leaves, twigs, and unwanted debris with ease—Spilling Coffee’s video demo lets us check out his success.

Now that leaves already starting to turn, there’s no time to lose with crafting your own before the season hits full-swing. With a handmade helper like this one, you, too, can conquer gutter clogs before they happen and go back to enjoying the fall foliage once again.

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Range Rover Evoque convertible is ready for next summer!!

The Range Rover Evoque that at least several people have been clamoring for is finally here, revealed just in time for winter: The two-door four-seat Evoque Convertible is due to go on sale in mid-2016, and features a lightweight canvas roof that can fold up in just 18 seconds.

It will be introduced today at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

The Evoque Convertible will be powered exclusively by a turbocharged gasoline four-cylinder churning out 240 hp and driving all four wheels via a nine-speed automatic transmission. The automaker is taking the new Evoque’s off-road chops seriously, and recently put the drop-top through its paces while still wearing camo to demonstrate that the convertible can mix it up even off British golf course-quality turf.

“The Range Rover Evoque Convertible is a vehicle for all seasons,” said Gerry McGovern, Land Rover design director and chief creative officer. “Its uniquely distinctive design and world-class engineering add another dimension to the Range Rover family, further enhancing its desirability and appeal.”


The convertible top has a Z-fold mechanism which allows the canvas to fold flush with the rear bodywork, creating a clean visual look when the top is down; unfortunately there is no roll-bar with Hella spotlights — that’s something that will have to be special ordered from Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations custom division. The addition of a top does eat into the cargo space a bit, as one would expect, so the Evoque Convertible offers just 8.9 cu. ft. of luggage space. Other than that, it’s just like the hardtop Evoque.


Aside from carving out a new niche for the brand, one scarcely visited except by the Mercedes-Benz G-wagen cabrio and Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet, the Evoque Convertible also introduces the updated InControl Touch Pro infotainment system, paired with a 10.2 inch touchscreen. The system boasts “seamless” phone integration, as well as a premium sound system and a wi-fi hotspot.

Look for the Evoque Convertible next summer in front of that new trendy cafe that just opened in two dynamic trim levels: SE Dynamic and HSE Dynamic. The convertible will start at $52,465.

Ft. Myers, Jasper Contractors is now servicing your area!

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Jasper Contractors began installs today in Ft. Myers. Our Account Managers are highly knowledgeable roofing material and procurement specialist. They take pride and are skilled in every roof they replace. We offer FREE roof inspections and guarantee a smooth replacement process. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact

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Owens Corning Roofing and Asphalt Shingle Recycling Program Recycles Asphalt Shingles from Roofs to Roads

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TOLEDO, Ohio–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Owens Corning Roofing and Asphalt LLC expands its Shingle Recycling Program making asphalt roof recycling solutions accessible to homeowners and building professionals. An estimated 20 billion pounds of recyclable shingles are removed each year from roofs of U.S. homes and buildings. The Owens Corning Roofing and Asphalt Shingle Recycling Program offers an option to divert torn-off roofing shingles from landfills recycling the material for use in applications like road construction and repair.

“Our Shingle Recycling Program continues to demonstrate Owens Corning’s careful consideration for product life-cycle management, from design and manufacturing to durable service and end-of-life recycling.”
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Since launching the Shingle Recycling Program in 2009, Owens Corning Roofing and Asphalt continues to enhance its legacy as the first roofing manufacturer to introduce a national shingle recycling and material reuse program with the following milestone achievements:

2.4 billion pounds: Estimated number of shingles recycled in 2014, representing a 33 percent increase from the previous year
108 Markets: The Owens Corning Roofing and Asphalt Shingle Recycling Program is now available in 108 markets with more than 200 collection locations verified by Earth911®
65 Percentage of Population: The Owens Corning Roofing and Asphalt Shingle Recycling Network’s nationwide coverage enables 65 percent of the population to have access to a qualified shingle recycle.

563 Participating Contractors: Owens Corning Roofing Contractor Network has 563 contractors committed to recycling shingles – and counting
“As part of Owens Corning’s commitment to safeguarding, sustaining and improving the environment for the benefit of current and future generations, we are proud of the sustainable impact the Owens Corning Roofing and Asphalt Shingle Recycling Program has had helping homeowners and contractors divert shingle waste from local landfills,” said Frank O’Brien-Bernini, Owens Corning Chief Sustainability Officer. “Our Shingle Recycling Program continues to demonstrate Owens Corning’s careful consideration for product life-cycle management, from design and manufacturing to durable service and end-of-life recycling.”

For additional information on shingle recycling or to use the contractor locator service to find a participating Owens Corning Preferred Roofing Contractor, visit

About Owens Corning

Owens Corning (NYSE: OC) develops, manufactures and markets insulation, roofing, and fiberglass composites. Global in scope and human in scale, the company’s market-leading businesses use their deep expertise in materials, manufacturing and building science to develop products and systems that save energy and improve comfort in commercial and residential buildings. Through its glass reinforcements business, the company makes thousands of products lighter, stronger and more durable. Ultimately Owens Corning people and products make the world a better place. Based in Toledo, Ohio, Owens Corning posted 2014 sales of $5.3 billion and employs about 14,000 people in 25 countries. It has been a Fortune 500® company for 60 consecutive years. For more information, please visit

1 Based on American Roofing Manufacturers Association (ARMA) industry shipments and management estimates that 90% of re-roof and storm demand contributed to tear-offs.

2 Based on estimates from a sample survey of Owens Corning Shingle Recycling Network recyclers.

3 Based on the percentage of markets with a verified Owens Corning Shingle Recycling location.

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Innovative Home Remodeling Ideas

Frustrated by remodeling roadblocks?

Tight spaces and oddly shaped rooms can actually be a great opportunity for creative solutions. Some of the most innovative home remodeling projects have been conceived because of limited space or other constraints.

If you want to make the most of the space you have, or just want to try something new, keep reading for some of my favorite innovative and clever remodeling ideas.

Creating Functional Spaces Under the Stairs

The possibilities here are endless if your staircase is open on the side. That space is great for storage. Try installing drawers to hold things like school supplies, extra linens or seasonal decorations.

One option is to assign a drawer to each member of the family. That way it makes it easy to capture and find things that people leave out around the house.

Below the stairs can also a great place for activity. Think about using the space for a study, toy room mudroom or even a bar.

Kitchen Chutes and Laundry Chutes

When they’re well-made, chutes can make boring chores amazingly easy. They’re also make it easier to be eco-friendly. Imagine tossing your empty cans, cereal boxes, and other recyclables down the kitchen chute, where they land conveniently into your recycling bin.

You can even have a compost chute built into your countertop to easily discard food scraps while you are cooking.
If you live in a two-story home with bedrooms upstairs and the laundry room downstairs, you know the hassle of going through the whole house to collect dirty laundry.

Laundry chutes are amazing for larger home, and they’re often easier to install than you might think.

The logistics of where to place the chute can be a little tricky, but you can usually fit one into even a small wall space or even floor space. Check out this clever example:c

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Honoring America’s Veterans!

The staff of Wedding Holdings, LLC would like to say thank you for all of your service. It takes a lot of courage for a soldier to risk their life for this country, we civilians honor these heroes. Cherish these great men and women with words of appreciation. The structure of our society stands on the acts of these selfless souls.