You have been coming home and noticed the dark green forming on your roof. You dread to think that you have roof mold or moss growing.
But is this really a problem, or is it just an eyesore when people are driving by? These are great questions, along with how to deal with it. Keep reading on to find out if this is something you should tackle this fall before the cold weather sets in around Florida.
Why Does Mold Grow on Roofs?
First, it is important to understand why mold and moss forms on a roof. Moss and mold are generally synonymous when it comes to talking about roofs.
Moss grows incredibly well in moist dark places. So when you look at your roof, you need to consider what may be encouraging the mold to grow. First, look at the shade that may be covering your roof. Do you need to trim back trees to allow more sunlight to hit the roof?
Next, think about the moisture needed to encourage this growth. If there are pits or areas where the roof boards are getting soft, these are perfect areas to encourage this growth.
Is There A Risk to Roof Mold?
There is more to the mold on your roof than it simply being something that does not look very attractive. There is a risk to both your home and your health by allowing this mold to grow.
First, the risk to your health. Mold spreads through spores. As it grows, and rain continues to come, it washes over more areas of your roof. Further, it will run down your siding as well, not to mention clogging your gutters.
Next is the consideration of your health. Mold growing anywhere on your home can lead to significant allergies. In addition to this, mold can cause respiratory distress in some individuals. As the mold grows on your roof if there are any minor leaks, it can allow that mold to grow into your attic and inside your walls. Mold is so much more than an aesthetic problem.
Simple DIY Bleach Solution
Fortunately, there are plenty of options you can use to help deal with your roof issue. There are a number of cleaning solutions you can purchase that will range in price and cost upward of $500 per bottle.
If you want something a little easier on your pocketbook, there is a simple DIY that is simply water, bleach, and trisodium phosphate. Here’s the simple recipe:
1 part chlorine bleach
3 parts water
1 tablespoon trisodium phosphate
Mix these together either outside or in a very well ventilated area. The fumes from bleach can cause significant respiratory issues, so use caution.
Protect Your Property While Treating
Bleach can be extremely damaging to your landscaping, so you want to exercise caution before applying this solution to your roof. Cover your shrubs, flowers, and any other plants that may be caught under the edge of your roof. Call the roofing experts at RidgeMax today and we would be happy to help.
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