Written by Alex Dean | June 9, 2020
From the cheese in your fridge to the bathroom ceilings and the very skeleton of the house; mold grows everywhere. Depending on the weather conditions in your region, it can even grow on your roof under the least favorable conditions as well. However, the good news is that unlike old cheese, the moldy roofing shingles don’t need to be thrown out. Even on a flat roof, you can efficiently get rid of mold using affordable cleaning agents and in a quick manner.
As far as the reasons for the growth of mold are concerned, they are infinite. Yet, the most common reason for this is due to damp climatic conditions in your area. Additionally, if your roof isn’t waterproofed, roof leaks queens, and water retention can also accelerate its growth further.
Here's how to treat a moldy roof.
Work safety should always be your first priority. For this reason, get all the safety and work equipment and assemble it. Since runoff from the chemicals used can harm healthy vegetation, cover it using plastic sheets. Once you have everything placed in its position, it’s time to get to the actual cleaning work.
In the first step, using a steel brush, clean off all of the excessive mold growth on your roof. It is the most time taking procedure to complete but will help you in the efficient cleaning of the roof.
Once the excess mold is removed, buy suitable cleaning agents from the market and get educated on the purpose and way for its use. Remember that chlorine bleach and water solution might seem an affordable solution towards it but the waste is extremely hazardous to the surrounding environment i.e. Plants and landscape. Therefore, only use cleaning agents that are eco-friendly and harmless to your roof’s construction material as well.
Usually, most of the chemicals used for mold elimination are ‘Spray and Forget’. While some might require another round of cleaning with fresh water as well. Therefore, the final cleaning procedure for your roof varies depending on the cleaning agents used.
On the other hand, the debris or waste formed as a result of cleaning should be cleaned and disposed of properly.
There’s no possible medium that can guarantee permanent mold protection for your roof. However, its growth can be minimized using appropriate methods. In this regard,
• Install mold-resistant roof shingles. • Opt for appropriate waterproofing techniques for your roof. • Thoroughly Clean your roof every few years. • Employ strips of zinc or copper flashing as they have natural antimicrobial properties.
You can also hire professional cleaning and protection services for your moldy roof through certified roofing contractors. So, if you are short on time or don’t want to do the cleaning work on your own, you can always hire the professional workforce for it.
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