Roofing/Roof stains


I have lots of roof stain and am not sure how or what it is. It appears to be a heavy rubbery substance, perhaps from surrounding trees. Someone suggested power washing, but I am reluctant. Power washing may remove some of the protective coating on the shingles and shorten its life.
In any event, have you experienced this type of a problem.
Thanks for volunteering.


I have not encountered the condition of which you speak, but if you have an opportunity, perhaps attaching a photo of the substance and an overall of the surrounding area may help.  Otherwise, power washing can be performed but I suggest a wide tip only as damage to the surface of the shingles is likely which will reduce the service life and the pressure may flip the tabs and break them.


Bruce Ryan II, RRO
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Bruce A. Ryan II, RRO


I offer solid knowlege of all types of Commercial and Residential Roofing, Waterproofing, and, Building Envelope systems. Experience ranges across low slope and steep slope roof systems. I am also well versed in matters regarding condensation and ventilation. I enjoy donating some of my time and knowledge to the betterment of others.


Bruce Ryan has 20 years of roofing, waterproofing, and building envelope consulting experience with PRC, with 5 years of commercial roofing experience prior to joining the firm. He became Vice President of the company in 1998. Bruce Ryan plays a key role in the development of practical, long-term roofing and waterproofing solutions, along with implementation of on-site forensic studies. Bruce also has a high level of experience with regard to the impacts of roofing materials and construction for demanding clients with heavily occupied structures.

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