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What Can Mould Do To Your Roof?

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Mold problems on the roof can be very expensive to fix, but thankfully you can take steps to prevent mold by regularly cleaning your gutters or getting your roof inspected.

Making sure you have a clean roof, free from debris and dirt is a top notch is a great way to have powerful curb appeal for your property. When mold starts to spread along the surface of your roof, you may begin to notice a series of dark spots throughout the area. If these spots aren’t addressed and cleaned up quickly, they can leave behind significant staining that could dramatically alter the overall look of your property.

The moisture and bacteria from mold can also lead to further damage of your roof’s shingles. If a small spot of mold isn’t discovered for many months, the spot can start to grow and impact even more parts of your roof. Over time, the shingles covering your roof may become even more vulnerable to water infiltration and destruction from pests.

Many properties have a layer of insulation along the top points of the home’s exterior next to the roof. Homeowners who have experienced mold problems have sometimes noticed additional mold spreading to their insulation. As the insulation breaks down, heat or cold air starts to enter the home. This is one of the most common new roof signs.

The last issue that mold causes if it’s invaded your roof is structural damage. Spots in your home, such as your attic, can be impacted by the presence of mold, even if it’s on the exterior of your roof. Mold may begin growing along wooden support beams or other structural areas and could affect the structural integrity of your space. Luckily, there are ways to clear this type of mold or replace damaged beams if needed. It’s vital to regularly inspect these hidden areas of your home to avoid expensive repairs.

A moldy roof can be a huge headache for homeowners. If you suspect a mold problem may be impacting your roof, it’s important to take quick action so it doesn’t become an issue throughout your entire home.

If you’d like to talk to us about your roof you can get in touch through our contact page or check out our services page for more information on what we can do to fit your roofing needs!

What Causes Curled Shingles?

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There are a number of different problems that could cause curled shingles to appear on your roof, so we have put together this handy guide for you so you can try and avoid some of the trappings before it is too late.

Firstly, poor attic ventilation can be a common cause of curled shingles. Because hot, moist air will typically find it’s way up to the attic, so without quality ventilation rising air can get trapped in the decking, causing mold to form and your shingles to curl.

Curled Shingles

Multiple layered roofs are another common caused of curled shingles. Occasionally you may find that your roof has been built on top of an old, decrepit one, some people choose this method as it can be cheaper than stripping the entire roof and starting again. The shingles on the second layer aren’t as secure and your shingles could be curled or dislodged by high winds. Poor workmanship on the construction of your roof can also cause this problem, if the contractor who installed your roof didn’t use enough nails per shingle, improperly placed the nails, or if shingles weren’t lined up properly, the shingles can become loose and curl in the wind.

Get A Specialist Out

Finally if your roof is more than 12-15 years old, it may be coming to the end of it’s lifespan, you might already see shingles starting to curl. You should definitely consider getting the roof check out if that is the case, it will save you a lot of money getting it fixed before any water damage occurs. If you’d like to talk to us about your roof you can get in touch through our contact page or check out our services page for more information on what we can do to fit your roofing needs!

Much Ado About Moss

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Moss can be much more than just an eyesore, it can ultimately be a risk to your health and the integrity of your roof! Unfortunately the shingles that make up your roof, offer the perfect habitat for moss to grow and spread; your roof is usually humid and a little moist (especially if you live away from the coastline, and the shade often provided by surrounding trees, offer some protection from heavy sunlight. When you combine these factors with the accumulation of leaves and other dirt that comes naturally with roofing, it provides the nutrients required for moss to grow in abundance.

Moss retains a lot of water on the surface of your roof, much like a sponge, so over time, as the water freezes and thaws, the shingles crack and pull apart allowing leaks and rot to lay siege to your roof. Moss forms particularly quickly around the edges of shingles, pulling the edges apart and leaving your roof cracked.

Thankfully a little protection can go a long way, and moss can be combated with regular care. If you’d like us to come have a look at your roof you can get in touch through our contact page or check out our services page for more information on what we can do to fit your roofing needs!

What Causes Shingle Discolouration On Roofing

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If you live in a humid area of the country, you’re probably used to seeing dark streaks on asphalt shingle roofing around your neighbourhood. This discolouration is often blamed on a combination of dirt, defective shingles, or even mold or mildew, but the most common culprit is actually a blue-green algae known as Gloeocapsa Magma that is spread by airborne spores.

Although this algae doesn’t door much real harm to roofing, it doesn’t always look good for the property and can affect the resale value of your home; especially if those viewing it attribute it to something more damaging like mold or mildew. Roofing contractors like ourselves will tell you that whilst algae like this can be removed, it is almost impossible to prevent, given that algae survives through feeding on limestone filler and photosynthesis.

If you are concerned about algae on your roof you can get in touch through our contact page or check out our services page for more information on what we can do to fit your roofing needs!

 

Eavestroughs, Soffits, and Fascias

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An eaves and eavestrough system is essentially your rainwater system. As water runs off of the roof, it collects in the eavestrough or “gutter” that generally runs the whole way around the edge of your house. The water in your eavestrough is then fed into your downspout pipe, which allows the water to safely travel to the ground.

Having an eavestrough is important as it controls water flow and ensures moisture doesn’t pool and damage your property. If you are having eavestrough work done, it is a great time to have your soffit board and panels checked!

Soffits run along the bottom of your roof and connect to your eavestrough. They not only provide ventilation to your roof, but they’re also aesthetically pleasing to the eye and protect your rafters from outdoor elements.

A fascia is an extended piece of aluminum that is attached horizontally along the bottom edge of your roof. It improves both the aesthetic and the function of the roof and rainwater system that is vital protection of your home’s underlying structure: its moulding forms a visually pleasing transition from the room deck to your soffit, enhancing your curb appeal.

Thankfully a little protection can go a long way, and moss can be combated with regular care. If you’d like us to come have a look at your roof you can get in touch through our contact page or check out our services page for more information on what we can do to fit your roofing needs!