Rainy climates can be particularly hard on roofs. Dampness that doesn't dry quickly will encourage mildew and mold. Humidity combined with spring rains provide an excellent environment for mold spores blown on top of the roof during a storm to multiply and spread. Algae can also be problematic in wet weather. To the homeowner, the roof might simply look stained from age, but algae, moss and slime are not necessarily green. More often, they will simply make the roof look dirty.
Without proper training in what to look for, homeowners won't know if their roof has been infested with mold. While regular roofing inspections performed by a competent Sugar Land roofing contractor can catch both algae and mold in its infancy, if those stains are ignored, the mold can work its way across the shingles. When that happens, from the ground, the roof will look patchy and unsightly. Curb appeal will be badly affected, and so will the family's health. If the mold is coming from a leaky roof, the leak will get worse.
Mold spores can become easily airborne, even in a slight breeze. That is not a healthy situation.
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Plus, putting off hiring a professional to take care of the problem will only encourage the mold to spread. When algae or mold first start, a roofing expert has a wide variety of industrial cleaning solutions and methods to nip the problem while it is still small. If the issues are ignored, mold can destroy the roof's shingles, the attic's insulation and even spread into the home's walls.
If the roof is leaking, drywall can start crumbling, the electrical wiring start shorting out and important wooden structures like the rafters begin to rot. Mold thrives on organic matter. It can grow anywhere that is warm and damp. Underneath the flashing, within a pile of leaves or at the bottom of the gutters are common places for mold to hide, but it will develop anywhere that moisture collects or pools in one place.
Winter storms or windy days are excellent times for mold spores to find their way onto the roof, and when they do, they will feed off the scattered leaves or the asphalt granules on the shingles. The best defense against algae and mold is to keep organic plant matter off the roof and to keep up with regular roofing inspections. An experienced roofer will be able to treat the roof with mold inhibitors, cutting down on the mold spores ability to multiply and grow.