Driving around the neighborhood you may have noticed it, black or brown streaks across the roofs of homes. The unsavory cause? Mold and mildew, growing on homes. That’s right, living creatures feasting on the moisture found on your roof. You may think this is simply an odd thing to notice, but there’s actually a number of legitimate issues that mold and mildew growth on your home can cause.
The most obvious issue caused by this mold and mildew growth on your roof is the way it impacts the appearance of your home. As the growth spreads, it tarnishes your curb appeal not only because of the way it makes your roof look, but also because of the assumptions that people will make about your home because of what the roof looks like. If there’s stuff growing on your roof, how filthy is the inside of your home?
If left untreated, mold and mildew will feast on the material that makes up your roof. It usually starts with particulate debris that’s on your roof, but over time the mold and mildew will work it’s way into your shingles and spread to the decking your shingles are mounted on. This causes your roof to break down more quickly than it would otherwise. Over time, you’ll be required to complete expensive repairs and replacements at a schedule far more often than should normally be expected.
As the mold and mildew spreads over your roof and seeps down into the decking, it begins to encourage the presence of pests in your home. Starting with bugs and insects working their way through your home feasting on the breaking down construction material of your home. This eventually can lead to mice and other larger pests moving in, attracted by the smell of slowly degrading material or feeding on the growing bug population.
What may initially seem like the least dramatic issue can be the most dangerous. As mold and mildew seeps into your roof, it releases spores into the air that can aggravate allergies for members of your household. What’s more, the pests that were mentioned above further exacerbate the issue. As the problem grows, it can create more serious issues, opening the possibility of lung infections or disease.
These issues might be frightening, there is hope. By having your roof cleaned as soon as you begin to see signs of mold and mildew growth, you head the issue off immediately. Getting a professional cleaning ensures that the growth cannot spread and cause any of these problems. So protect your home and family, and call us today.