The Scotchgard™ Algae Resistant Roofing System from 3M guards against roof algae for up to 20 years. The system uses copper roofing granules from 3M to prevent algae growth‚ protecting the roof and preserving the home’s beauty.
The Scotchgard logo on quality shingle brands assures that algae-stopping copper granules are uniformly distributed in precise combination with standard granules for optimal long-term algae and stain resistance.
A roof that maintains an aesthetic appearance‚ enhancing a home’s overall visual appeal
Saves on repeated cleanings for lower long-term maintenance costs over the life of the roof
Copper stops algae. When the precise level of copper-fortified granules in the Scotchgard™ Algae Resistant Roofing System are uniformly distributed across the surface of quality asphalt shingles in precise combination with standard colored granules’ you’re assured of built-in long-term algae and stain resistance.
See How Algae Can Destroy The Beauty Of Your Roof
Select the color sample closest to yours and view the algae progression from 5 to 15 years on a roof that does not have the Scotchgard™ Algae Resistant Roofing System.
Algae are seen on roofs in over 80% of the United States. Appearing first on the north slope of a roof‚ where extra shade and moisture support its growth‚ algae’s windborne spores can quickly spread from shingle to shingle and rooftop to rooftop. In at-risk areas‚ the Scotchgard™ Algae Resistant Roofing System logo on quality asphalt shingle brands is your assurance of built-in long-term algae and stain resistance.
Roof Algae Follow Climate & Geography
Anywhere there is significant humidity‚ roof algae are prevalent.
Initially‚ you can expect to pay more for asphalt shingles with the Scotchgard™ Algae Resistant Roofing System than you’d pay for regular asphalt shingles. But compared to the accumulated cost of frequent roof cleanings‚ your long-term Scotchgard™ System algae resistance translates to long-term savings — all for shingles that cost no more to install than regular shingles.
And with your built-in Scotchgard™ Algae Resistant Roofing System eliminating the need for roof cleanings‚ your roof will be spared the damage‚ deterioration and shortened life commonly associated with some cleaning methods‚ as well as the plant damage inflicted by powerful cleaning solutions.
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Value of Scotchgard™ Algae Resistant Roofing System Investment
$500 Roof Cleaning Every 3 Years
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Note: A shingle roof may require cleaning every 3 to 6 years depending upon geographic region. Investing $300 in a new asphalt shingle roof with the Scotchgard™ AR System will save hundreds of dollars over time while providing a beautiful algae free roof.
Unsightly black stains on shingles are often mistaken for fungus‚ mildew‚ dirt or oil‚ but are actually caused by a hardy type of algae. This common problem has increased during the past 20 years‚ indiscriminately settling on rooftops from coast to coast. Dark algae streaks are visible when algae cover the normally vibrant colors of white‚ cobalt blue or hunter green roofing granules.
The primary type of algae found on rooftops – Gloeocapsa magma – thrives in humid environments‚ often appearing first on the north slope of a roof where extra shade and moisture support its growth. Algae can derive mineral nutrients from fillers such as calcium carbonate in asphalt shingles. Increased use of moisture attracting calcium carbonate fillers cause asphalt shingles to retain moisture longer‚ thus promoting algae growth.
The organism Gloeocapsa produces a dark-pigmented sheath to protect itself from ultra-violet rays. By the time the black streaks are noticeable‚ the algae usually have been growing for months or years – the result of generations of dead algae cells built up over time.
There are no proven damaging effects of algae accumulation on shingles. However‚ the dark algae streaks are the number one appearance-related problem reported to roofing contractors. Consumers commonly mistake the dark stains for faulty shingles‚ leading them to complain to the contractor or manufacturer about a shingle’s performance.
When environmental conditions are right for algae development‚ the problem rapidly expands‚ covering an entire roof. Once algae are present in an area‚ airborne spores are carried from rooftop to rooftop‚ infesting whole neighborhoods. All roof types‚ including wood shakes‚ concrete and clay tile‚ and asphalt shingles are susceptible to algae infestation.
Cleaning is the most commonly used homeowner defense against algae build-up on asphalt roofing shingles‚ but at best‚ it’s only a “quick fix.” Typically‚ roofs must be cleaned frequently to minimize obvious staining. Not only are repeated cleanings costly ($400 – $700)‚ but some cleaning methods can damage a roof and shorten the life of the shingles. Excessive scrubbing or power washing loosens the granules – and in essence‚ the color. It also deteriorates the asphalt once the protective granules are lost due to sunlight‚ causing further degradation to the shingle. Potent bleach solutions also can damage shrubs and bushes‚ and can be caustic to the homeowner or roof cleaner.
Look for the Scotchgard™ Algae Resistant Roofing System logo on quality shingle brands. The Scotchgard™ Algae Resistant Roofing System means protection. Many shingles feature algae resistance. But your assurance of the optimal long-term protection from granule discoloration due to algae can only be achieved when the precise level of granules with Scotchgard™ protection is uniformly distributed across the surface of the shingle in combination with standard colored granules.
Consult with a quality professional roofing contractor about asphalt shingles with built-in Scotchgard™ protection. The Scotchgard™ Algae Resistant Roofing System logo on quality shingle brands is your assurance of the optimal long-term protection from algae staining.
Generally yes‚ but many experts and homeowners agree that it’s much less expensive to prevent algae growth from the outset. The price difference is minimal when one faces the accumulated cost of frequent roof cleanings. The extra cost associated with built-in Scotchgard™ protection refers to the materials only‚ because the labor cost to install these shingles is the same as it is for regular shingles.
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