If you notice black or green streaks on your roof, how can you tell if it’s mold and algae? Mold and algae may look the same, but there are key differences between the two.
Where Are the Black Streaks Located on Your Roof?
Algae are moss-like plants that need sunlight to thrive, which is why they can only grow on the parts of your roof that receive ample sunlight. Mold, on the other hand, doesn’t need sunlight, but does need moisture, which means it’s usually found in hidden parts of your roof where rainwater tends to accumulate.
The Crucial Difference Between Mold and Algae
The worst algae can do is diminish your roof’s curb appeal. Mold, on the other hand, can create a host of problems if it’s left unattended. For one thing, mold eats away at organic materials like wood. If mold spores can make their way to your roof’s underlayers, and, if there’s trapped moisture inside your roof or attic, mold could start to form and can easily spread to the other parts of your home.
There’s also the issue of the health risk mold poses. Mold spores can trigger allergy flare-ups and aggravate respiratory conditions.
How to Prevent Mold Growth
Mold thrives in damp environments, which is why it’s important that your roof and attic have adequate ventilation, and roof leaks are fixed by a professional roofing contractor as soon as possible. To make sure leaks are detected and fixed as soon as possible, routine roof inspections should be scheduled for your home.
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