Mold growth is perhaps the least worrisome of all roofing problems. Letting it go unchecked, though, can affect your home and your family in many ways. To understand the inconvenient truth behind the relationship between your roof and mold, CMS Roofing answers three important questions:
Why Does It Form?
Any roofer would tell you that that mold is everywhere. However, it grows only when there’s moisture. With ample humidity, it will feed on building materials for as long as it can. Until the source of moisture is gone, mold will colonize any place it can reach.
What Is Dangerous About Mold?
Mold might pose structural problems when left unaddressed for a long period. Plus, its colonies render the affected areas unsightly with dark streaks.
However, experienced roofing contractors say its worst consequence is health-related. Sensitive persons may experience different kinds of health conditions, such as throat irritation and nasal stiffness, upon exposure to moldy environments. As an allergen, mold can trigger allergic reactions, from mild to severe ones. Immune-compromised individuals and those with chronic respiratory problems, like obstructive lung disease, may suffer from serious infections with mold.
The worst part is, mold doesn’t stay in one location. From the attic, it can reach “cleaner” and “hygienic” places like bedrooms. Without urgently dealing with it, it might jeopardize your family’s health by compromising your home’s indoor air quality.
How to Control It?
Most roofing companies would advise checking your attic occasionally. The leading causes of mold on any part of your roof, particularly the wooden sheathing, are condensation and leakage. The former occurs because of inadequate attic ventilation while the latter happens when your roof is no longer as weathertight as it used to be.
Preventive maintenance is paramount. Most roofing warranties would require you to get your roof professionally inspected every three to five years.
Do you think you have a moldy roof? Let CMS Roofing diagnose the problem and find the best course of action to take. Call us at (803) 732-5558 today to schedule your free roofing consultation in Columbia or Charleston, SC.