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Gloeocapsa Magma: Explaining Roof Streaks

Updated: Sep 18, 2022


Every year, more and more homes are infested with an algae-like bacteria called Gloeocapsa Magma. This infestation presents itself as black streaking on your shingles and can lead to costly repairs if left untreated. Luckily, there is something that homeowners can do to protect their shingles and remove roof streaks— and the team at Bayside is here to help.


Airborne Roof-Killing Algae

One thing about Gloeoapsa magma is that you have probably seen it (black streaks) on your neighbors’ roofs, as well as your own, indicating that the bacteria can travel in search of a comfortable breeding ground. As it spreads, Gloeocapsa magma eats away at the limestone filler in your shingles, causing damage and ugly streaking. First appearing on the north side of your roof, this algae spreads rapidly if not promptly addressed.

One effective solution is to contact a professional to provide what is known as a “roof treatment”. This service utilizes a soft wash method using specially formulated algaecides to safely eradicate the infestation at its source. However, when choosing the right company for the job, be sure to do your research and select a reputable business with the experience to safely provide great results— such as Bayside Clean


The Perfect Solution 

Fortunately for homeowners, Ryan and his team at Bayside have the perfect solution for protecting your roof. Our soft wash Roof Treatment is designed specifically to remove Gloeocapsa Magma in the safest possible manner. The Roof Treatment utilizes an extremely low-pressure application of an algaecide that not only removes roof streaks on contact but also neutralizes moss and lichens. Once the algaecide saturates the moss and lichens, they will begin to discolor, break down, and will fall off over time as the roots naturally release themselves from the shingles.


Protect Your Home From Top to Bottom

Also, if these infestations have reached other areas of the home, the Pros at Bayside Clean have you covered. We offer a wide variety of power washing services ranging from house washing to concrete washing and sealing to washing decks and patios. We use state-of-the-art equipment. In fact, Bayside will guarantee to deliver the best results possible for your property using their safe and effective processes, or your money back. 


Bayside has the experience to deliver the best results for your home’s exterior. Call us at 705-413-3310, or visit us online.

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