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Causes of Pesky Mold on Your Roof

Have you ever noticed mold growing on your roof? The sight of mold on your roof may seem strange, especially if you don’t know why the mold is there. The good news is that, in most cases, what you’re seeing is algae. However, there are certain instances in which you’re actually seeing mold, and the three reasons below are why.

Algae Has Taken Over Your Roof

Mold on your roof starts with algae problems. Although the hot, dry weather in Bakersfield, CA isn’t ideal for algae growth, it can still be a problem under the right conditions. If you’re dealing with algae, you may also have other growths, such as lichens or moss. As these growths continue, they can rot the materials of your roof. This rot is a breeding ground for mold.

Your Roof Is a Perfect Habitat for Mold

Mold thrives in sunless locations with moisture. There will be certain parts of the roof that don’t face the sun. Your roof may even be covered by branches and/or leaves, giving mold the perfect hiding spot.

Another good hiding spot is under debris. If you have debris stuck to your roof or in your gutter, you’re giving mold a home, especially if the debris is organic. If you add rain or you have a water leak, mold can thrive.

You Need a Roof Repair

Shingles protect your roof from the environment, but if they are damaged or missing, your roof can absorb moisture. After reading the above sections, you know that standing moisture leads to mold. Plus, since there is no barrier between your roof and the elements, the mold can start creeping into the inside of your home. To determine if your roof is damaged, you’ll need a good inspection from a company like Ed & J United Roofing.

Try Solving the Issue on Your Own

If you want to try inspecting and solving the problem on your own, essentially, you want to strip away what makes your roof a habitable environment for the mold. Doing this can include:

  • Thoroughly cleaning away the mold so no spores remain
  • Getting rid of any debris on your roof and in your gutter
  • Treating the roof with anti-mold solutions
  • Trimming away any low-hanging branches that can provide shade and trap in moisture

If All Else Fails, Get Professional Help

The best thing you can do is call in a professional roof repair company. This will save you time and frustration and may even save you money in the long run. You’ll have peace of mind knowing that your mold problem will be gone once and for all. Contact Ed & J United Roofing with all your questions.

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