Homeowner: How to Restore a Dilapidated Roof
When it comes to eradicating roof mold, begin by determining the type of mold you are dealing with. As mentioned earlier, there are several different types and they will require different treatments and products. Cleaning the roof can be a tough job, depending on the condition it is in. If there is a lot of moss or lichen on the roof, you may want to use a power washer to wash it off. The pressure of the water should bleach in most cases, and leave the roof looking clean.
It’s also a good idea to give the roof a coat of anti-fungal paint to help keep it mildew-free. Note, however, that simply painting the roof will not prevent the development of roof mold; it will only make it easier to clean when it does develop. When you go to apply the paint, wear protective clothing to avoid contact with the chemical and use a brush or roller to apply it evenly. You can also use a pump sprayer, but make sure you brush the surface after spraying to help the paint bond.
When the roof is clean and you’ve applied the coating of paint, you can stop further growth of the mold. It’s a good idea to purchase a moss and mold deterrent and apply it around the edges of your roof every year or two to keep further growth at bay. It’s also important to check your roof annually and make sure that it is still as clean as it was when you initially cleaned it.
Finally, it’s important to make sure that your roof is well ventilated. Installing a ridge vent keeps your attic from getting too hot and the cooler temperatures help to keep mold growth at bay. Also, keep the inside of your attic clean, as dust and debris can contribute to the development of mold and mildew.
Being a novice roof reviver doesn’t mean you’re incapable of effectively maintaining your roof. All it takes is a little bit of knowledge and the willingness to get up on the roof and do the job correctly; the rest is just common sense. Start by taking safety precautions, such as keeping the ladder secure and wearing the proper shoes. Then determine the type of mold you’re dealing with, so that you can select the right cleaning products. Don’t forget to clean the gutters, remove any overhanging branches and apply a coat of anti-fungal paint to the roof. Finish by applying a moss and mold deterrent every year or two and make sure your attic is well ventilated. By following these tips, you will be able to act competent even as a novice and help keep your roof looking good and lasting longer.