Mold is a type of fungus born out of spores that are transmitted through the air. These spores land anywhere they choose, yet more commonly develop in moist areas. For the unfortunate homeowner, mold may arise in different parts of the house, including your roof.
Mold on your roof is a nightmare to eliminate. Do not fret too much – it can be dealt with easily if you treat it immediately and follow the right procedures.
It has been subject to much debate if mold does in fact harm roofs or if they are just an aesthetic problem. Obviously, having black stains on your roof does not look pretty. However, it has also been found that these can really be harmful to your home depending on the scale of the infestation.
This is especially true for roofs that have many nooks and crannies. There are many surfaces in which mold can grow. The bacteria in mold, if left unattended, can cause aging, rotting, and granule loss to your roof. Extensive growth may even reach the interior of your house.
For very minimal mold growth, sometimes scrubbing with water will do. However, using chemicals and cleaners is the most effective method. When using chemicals like bleach, secure a pair of rubber gloves and a breathing mask to ensure your safety.
Do not forget to protect any plants or sensitive materials at the base of your home that may be damaged by the chemicals that will run down your roof. You can opt to dampen plants with water or cover them up.
Create a mixture of half bleach and half water. You may choose to add a bit of trisodium phosphate if it is available to you. Put this mixture into a bottle that has a nozzle for spraying. Spray this only on the areas that have mold growth on them. Then, use a hard short-bristled brush to thoroughly scrub down your roof. You may opt to use a long-handled brush to give you better reach.
Reapply the spray and allow the solution to soak on your roof for at least 15 minutes, depending on the extent of the damage. This will loosen any bits that were not removed by brushing. Afterwards, rinse your roof thoroughly with water at low pressure.
If you are worried about using certain chemicals, or your roof is particularly brittle, you should know that there are plenty of bleach free cleaners on the market.
You may also opt to go for pressure cleaning, so long as the surface of your roof is hard enough to handle the pressure. To prevent mold from coming back, you may place zinc or copper strips at the peak of your roof. In doing this, rain water will disperse metal molecules down your roof, killing anything that may be damaging.
Just follow these simple steps, and your roof will be free of mold in no time. For further assistance on maintaining your roof or if you need help with roof repair or roof replacement, contact Aastro Roofing right away.
Eco-friendly roofs have become a very popular roofing option for many homeowners over the past 30 years. There are many advantages to having these types of roofs installed on your home. Some of the benefits include lower heat and air conditioning costs, higher durability and added value to your home. If you are environmentally conscious and are looking to repair or install a new roof on your home, there are several environmentally friendly roofing options you can choose from.
A metal roof is a great option for your home because it is usually made from recycled materials and can also be recycled at the end of its life. Metals roofs are very durable and have to be replaced less frequently than other types of roofs. In fact, metal roofs can last up to 50 years. In addition, metal roofs can reflect up to 95% of solar energy, keeping your home cooler in the hot summer months. This can save you money in the long run since you will be paying less for air conditioning.
Shingles made from slate or clay are other great options for your roof. These materials are extremely durable. Slate, in particular, is one of the sturdiest materials for roofs and can last up to 100 years! Clay tiles are also hard-wearing and can be recycled at the end of their lifespan. Clay tiles can reflect heat because of their insulation capabilities. As a result, they are popular in places that face extreme weather conditions. As an added bonus, clay roofs require little maintenance compared to conventional roofing options. However, if you are considering this roofing option, the framing of your roof must be strong enough to support the weight of the slate or clay tiles.
Can you imagine planting a garden or lawn on your roof? This is definitely possible! Green roofs, otherwise known as horticultural or plant roofs, are a great eco-friendly choice. Green roofs last longer than conventional roofs because they are protected from ultraviolet radiation and temperature fluctuations, that would otherwise damage and deteriorate traditional roofs. They also keep homes cool and lessens the amount of rainwater runoff. In addition, they are very appealing and add a touch of natural beauty to your home.
Rubber roofing is another good option to consider as they are often made with recycled materials. These roofs are made out of rubber shingles from old steeled-belted tires and require very little production time and effort. Rubber is lightweight but yet sturdy and has a longer lifespan than traditional roofs. A rubber roof installed by an experienced professional can last over 50 years. Other benefits of rubber roofs are that they could withstand extreme weather such as strong winds or hail. They are also low cost and simple to maintain and repair. Another benefit is that a rubber roof can be recycled at the end of its life.
Aastro Roofing pioneered environmentally friendly roofing solutions for our clients in Delray Beach, Boca Raton, and Deerfield Beach. If you are looking for an eco-friendly option for your roof, contact us today to speak with an experienced roofing expert.