No one likes a dirty-looking roof, and water stains are among the top culprits.
If you live in a state that, like Minnesota, gets a lot of rain and snow, water stains on roofs are not uncommon You’ll most likely need regular roof stain cleaning. Water stains on the ceiling can also point to roofing problems, which can cause severe wear and tear if left unchecked. Ignoring this warning can worsen the problem, which can be expensive to put right in the future.
Types of water stains and how to treat them
White or yellow roof stains
These roof stains may suggest hard-water buildup. They stem from your evaporative cooler or AC unit. You’ll typically find these water stains directly under your unit, in the lower areas of your roof.
In severe cases, do not attempt DIY roof stain removal solutions, as you may make the problem worse. If the stains are not extensive, you may be able to get rid of them yourself by scrubbing them gently with a safe, non-toxic roof stain cleaner like a vinegar solution, but it’s always better to be cautious and seek professional help if unsure.
Black or green water stains
Black or green water stains point to moss or algae growth on your roof.
The combination of sunlight and moisture creates the ideal environment for these organisms to thrive. This growth can lead to excessive dampness, which eventually weakens or even collapses parts of your roof.
What’s more, moss and algae attract animals, such as birds, that can cause additional problems to your roof.
You may be able to get rid of these water stains using a power spray. Always hire a licensed and insured roofing expert to inspect your roof and remove the stain, as trying to remove the algae or moss yourself could make the damage worse.
Brown water stains
If you notice brown water stains on your step flashing (the area where your roof meets a wall), it means that your step flashing is rusted, loose, or generally damaged. If the damage seems to get worse after rain, the problem is definitely in the flashing.
Contact roofing experts like Elite Modeling Services to replace your step flashing for you. We will integrate the new step flashing with the roof and adjacent siding, and stop the roof leak causing the water stain.
Please do not attempt this job yourself as it requires the expertise of a roofing contractor.
Preventing Problems Before It’s Too Late
Water stains often point to a much deeper problem and need immediate attention to prevent them from getting worse and causing irreparable damage.
At Elite Remodeling Services, we can help you to fix all your roofing problems by providing comprehensive roof inspection as well as repair and replacement solutions. We have the skills and experience to take on the toughest residential and commercial roofing jobs head-on.
We can also provide you with insurance claim support to help you recover quicker from unexpected disasters. Contact us at (952) 646-2480 or online to schedule a free roof inspection.