It’s great to live in Brisbane. Unfortunately, people aren’t the only ones who think so. The pesky little single cell organism Gloeocapsa Magma also likes to put down roots here – and too often those “roots” are planted firmly in the roofs of our homes. You may not know Gloeocapsa Magma by name, but you’ve most likely seen this unwanted visitor in your neighbourhood especially during this time of year when the temperature rises; it’s the blue green algae that creates unsightly streaks on walls, driveways and home siding.
We know what to do!
The Window Boyz know a thing or two about removing algae (as well as moss, mold and other contaminants) from walls, driveways and other areas around the house. He’s been doing it successfully for many years. With professionally Window Boyz utes on the road, our team will move fast to rid your home of algae streaking, which is especially important this time of year when algae growth is ready to kick into high gear.
What's the deal with Algae?
Algae grows by feeding on the organic material and moisture found inside and in between roof shingles. As it sits there enjoying the free buffet on your walls, algae protects itself from the sun’s ultra violet rays by producing a dark streak. This is what creates the blackish streaks that mar the appearance of algae-covered walls. The algae stain usually begins as a small spot. By the time this little blotch grows into a noticeable streak, the algae will have been present on the roof for several months or longer.
Aside from being unattractive, algae also costs us money as home owners. By eating the matter inside the walls and gutters, algae compromises the integrity of a home, shortening its useful lifespan. The damaged caused by algae also makes a home less effective at protecting the inside of a house from the elements. As if this weren’t bad enough, ugly algae stains reduce the perceived value of a home in the eyes of potential buyers, making it harder to get your asking price when you want to sell.
Although walls get most of the attention, other areas around the house are also visited by algae as it spreads via airborne spores. Concrete may look “rock solid,” but it’s really a very porous material that resembles an English muffin on the inside. All those cozy little air pockets provide comfortable spots for algae to make itself at home. The tiny crevices of home siding material also give algae place to call its own.
Fortunately, The Window Boyz Softwashing team can remove algae from homes and all other areas of the home safely, quickly and effectively. The company’s methods are tough on algae, but they’re completely safe for people, pets and home gardens.
The Window Boyz exclusive Low Pressure Soft Wash House Cleaning process kills algae with a thorough application of an environmentally safe algaecide solution. Each application contains a special additive that inhibits future algae growth to protect roofs for longer periods. For even greater extended protection, home owners can have The Window Boyz return each year to inspect for new signs of algae.
To protect driveways and other concrete surfaces, The Window Boyz rely on a three-step process. This begins with the application of a cleaning solution, followed by pressure washing. Once the concrete surface is cleaned, the company applies a siloxane sealer that shields the concrete against dirt, water, and other contaminants, while also allowing the concrete to breathe.
Algae is removed from home siding by a three-step process that begins with a thorough application of The Window Boyz biodegradable cleansers. This is followed by a selective soft bristle brush scrub and a fresh water rinse.
Calling The Window Boyz to remove algae from your home and other areas of your home makes more sense than trying to tackle the problem yourself. Not only is it more effective, it’s also a whole lot safer. (Falls from ladders are a leading cause of serious household accidents.) Plus, letting the pros at The Window Boyz handle algae removal for you will give you more time to enjoy the Brisbane spring.