How risky can roof mould be for your home and family and how roof restoration can save your roof?
By Modern Seal RoofingFebruary 6, 2024
Homes are one of your precious possessions and homeowners want to keep it in great shape. However, this requires consistent inspection and maintenance to ensure no serious damage or that any damage is fixed before it becomes severe.
The roof forms a crucial part of any house and is the most affected part of the structure due to constant exposure to external elements. If roof inspection and maintenance are neglected, it might cause issues like water seepage, broken or missing roofing material and even the formation of mould, algae and dirt.
Understanding a little bit about mould and how it can affect your roof’s overall condition.
Mould is a kind of fungi that lives on things like plants, animals and even building materials and furniture. It usually grows in places that are moist with little air circulation. On average, it takes about 1-2 days for mould to form, especially during the monsoon months.
Once it starts growing on your roof, it can get difficult to get rid of it by simple DIY and home cleaning techniques.
Pressure cleaning is suggested to remove mould from the roof. Also, in case of other damages to the roof, roof restoration Melbourne experts can help you restore your roof’s former glory.
Mould on ceilings often indicate roof leaks
If you notice mould on your ceiling, your roof might leak. When water gets in through a damaged roof, it can create damp conditions perfect for mould growth. Sometimes, it's not easy to find where the problem is, but there are signs to watch for.
Look out for water stains on the ceiling, usually slightly brown in colour. Small leaks might be in darker parts of your house, which makes it harder to notice. If there's a leak in the attic, mould can start forming due to too much moisture. The spores can quickly spread to other parts of your home, affecting the ceiling.
Even though mould on the ceiling often points to a roof leak, it's not always the only reason. Wet insulation in the ceiling can also lead to roof mould. So, checking your house to figure out what's causing the issue is essential.
Effects of mould on health
Trying to understand how mould affects your health? Well, mould is a type of fungus that is harmful. It creates tiny spores to reproduce, which float in the air, too small to see without help. While most people's immune systems can handle a few of these harmful spores, those with weakened immune systems, allergies, severe asthma or lung disease may face health problems if they breathe in these spores.
Further, health problems associated with fungus includes:
- Allergic reactions: Watery red eyes, skin rashes, nasal congestion and dry cough, sore throat, sneezing, sinusitis, wheezing and shortness of breath.
- Asthma attacks: Shortness of breath, dry cough, chest tightness or other issues related to difficulties with breathing.
- Fever and respiratory problems for people with lung infections
- People with weakened immune systems often experience nausea and headaches.
Common causes of mould formation
Mould is often connected to roof leaks and some of the most common causes of mould in roofing space includes:
- Moist insulation in the ceiling
- Water droplets forming on the ceiling
- Leaky pipes and gutters
- Trapped moist air in wall spaces
- Damp wallpaper adhesive
- Inadequate ventilation in the roof space
How to prevent mould from growing on your roof?
Since mould growth happens in most damp areas, it is best to avoid or minimise dampness at home. However, we understand that keeping your roof moisture-free isn’t always possible, especially during monsoons.
Here are some of the steps that help you keep your roof mould-free:
- Get your home’s roof inspection on a regular basis for cracks, missing roofing material, damaged gutters or fascia and roof leaks.
- Keep the interior of your home moisture-free by opening doors and windows of your home to let natural sunlight penetrate your house.
- Keep downspouts and gutters clean and free of debris.
- Get all water leaks fixed in time
How will roof restoration help you fix your roof?
If you notice signs of roof damage or leaks or otherwise, get your roof repaired through Melbourne roofing experts. Roof restoration includes roof cleaning, repairing and sealing your current roof to ensure it lasts longer. Our roofers ensure your roof is stronger and aesthetically appealing.
Roof restoration is often confused with roof replacement which is not the case. Roof restoration is an effort to repair and improve the life of the existing roof, which on the other hand in case of roof replacement is replacing the whole roof, which means taking down the old one and putting in a completely new roof.
Restoring your roof can stop expensive repairs later on and also make your home more energy-efficient by reducing heat transfer. Roof restoration is one of the most sorted roofing solutions for Melbourne homeowners to avoid expensive roof replacement in the long run.
To know about roof restoration check out our blog on helpful roof restoration tips in 2024
Why should you choose Modern Seal Roofing as your preferred roofing contractor for tiled, terracotta, metal or cement roof?
Modern Seal Roofing has been serving Melbourne and its surrounding suburbs for over 25 years. We are known for quality roof restoration, repairs and painting solutions through reliable and experienced roofers. We use industry standard tools and technique, safety rails and high-quality products to ensure quality roofing solutions. We are experts in 4-coat roof painting after pressure cleaning of the roof that removes fungus, algae, moss or mould.
Not just that, we provide upto 10 Years of Workmanship Guarantee on our roofing services for your convenience. We believe in transparent pricing policy and so, when you ask for an obligation-free quote from our team, you can rest assured there are no hidden charges.
Also, our cost effective pricing makes us one of the top choices for roof restoration, repairs and painting in Melbourne.
Modern Seal Roofing’s Roof Restoration Process
Here’s a complete breakdown of our expert roof restoration process:
- Installation of safety rails
- Pressure roof cleaning
- Rebedding and repointing of roof
- Replacing broken, curled up or missing roofing material
- Replacing valley, gutter and fascia as per its condition
- Repairing or restoring any other part of the roof
- 4-coat roof painting
For more details about our roofing solutions, get in touch with our roofing experts in Melbourne. They will inspect your home’s roof and provide you an obligation-free quote based on it. For more details, give us a call on 0413 464 666.