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How Mould Can Effect Your Roof


Most people won’t bother cleaning their roofs. Its too much work and there’s just more important things to spend their time on. Well, guess what? Before the rain washes away the garbage on your rooftop, moulds will infest it first and if you don’t get mould inspection, you will have a structurally compromised roofing. That’s the reason why Green Demo insists on cleaning your rooftop. While you might think its too much work, the benefits are endless. If you don’t have time and energy to do it, you can always pay somebody to do the cleaning for you. But whatever you do, have your roof cleaned regularly.

Top Reasons for Getting Rid of Roof Mould

Aside from the aesthetic reason, there are other reasons why you should get rid of roof moulds. The ones listed here are urgent issues and they all need to be addressed immediately.

  1. Mould is destructive—As long as moulds have stored moisture from the garbage on your roof, it will continue eating away the shingles which will eventually lead to costly repairs. This is the very reason why you need to clean your rooftop regularly. You can’t allow the moulds to have a sanctuary to thrive on.
  2. Mould is toxic—As you already know, mould is toxic and it is hazardous to your health. A lot of the common illnesses like cough is caused by moulds. In order to protect your family, you have to clean your house regularly including your roof. This will prevent mould infestations.
  3. Mould is ugly—If you have seen a house that has been infested with moulds, you would know what I mean. Mould is just plain ugly and if you will not prevent it from taking over your home, it will be overrun in no time. They create dark spots and cause you roof to absorb more heat from the sun. Don’t be surprized if your indoor temperature increases and your energy bill too.

When it comes to caring for your roof and ensuring that they last longer, roof mould should be the first on your elimination list. You have to remove the things that allows them to thrive and that includes all the garbage that are gathered on your roof over time. Also, if you have an old roof, consider having it replaced. Although its a huge investment, the health benefit is worth it especially if it is already infested with moulds.…

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Can Termites Damage a Roof?

Roof can also be susceptible from termite damage, just like any wooden structures in our home. Subterranean and drywood termites are known to pose threat to your roof as they can infest ceiling areas including fireplaces and bathroom where excessive moisture can be found trapped underneath the insulation.

The Two Termites

We’ll discuss about drywood and subterranean termites in detail here. Basically, these termites will eat everything with cellulose, from cardboard boxes to wooden shingles, as long as it has wood, it’s susceptible to termite damage.

Drywood Termites

Typically found inside wood, they will establish colonies inside ceiling rafters, roof beams, eaves and other wooden structures associated with your roof. So no matter if your roof is made of diamond, the supporting structure can still be infested, ultimately affecting it. They can even establish colonies under wood shingles.

Subterranean Termites

This type of termite builds their colony in the soil, but they can also build their colony in any area as long as they have access to wood. Usually, a damp area is the optimal place for subterranean termites to build a colony, but it’s not really a requirement.

They don’t need to build a colony inside your home, what they really need is a way to it, that’s why they can be usually seen building mud tubes, which they use as a passage way from their colony to any wooden structure. Worker termites usually build mud tubes inside wall cracks and chimneys.

termites in roof

Formosan subterranean termites build multiple colonies aside from the main ground colony. They construct colonies above the ground. Their colonies are larger compared to other subterranean termites and they are also more destructive.

What to Do Next?

If you’re not sure what to do, you’d be better off with professional termite control in order to assess damage and exterminate them. But termites can remain undetected for a long time and can only be spotted once a considerable amount of damage is done. To find them, you need to actively seek. If you want to know if there’s termite in your roof, you check for the following:

  • Loose roof tiles or shingles – even if you don’t have wooden shingles, your subroofing will almost always contain wood so make sure to check it out.
  • Watery-like damage – if your ceiling appears to have watery-like damage, then chances are that you have roof problems or termites have started infesting the area. In addition to that, check any buckling or sagging areas, too.
  • Frass – they look like mounds of tiny wood pellets but is actually termite feces. Can usually found in your attic or underneath your rafters. If you found one of these, there’s a very high possibility of termite colony in or around your house.
  • Presence of swarmers – these winged termites, are called swarmers. Once you’ve found them at points of entry to your home such as doors and windows, no matter if they are living or dead, then there’s a possible termite infestation within your home. And another note: they’re the ones who are scouting for new possible areas to infest, so watch out for them.

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