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Dutchess County Roofing: Article About Roof Mold Versus Mildew

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When homeowners spot mold or mildew on the roof or in their attic space, they may be unsure of what to do to be rid of the problem. If they do nothing, there is a very good chance that that the fungi could spread to other areas of home and cause adverse health effects. A Dutchess County roofing contractor may be able to identify the cause of the infestation and create a solution to remedy the root of the problem.

Mold and mildew do share some characteristics. For example, both are fungi that sprout in areas that are warm and moist. Additionally, both fungi can grow on a wide variety of surfaces in addition to rooftops; the fungi can also be found in bathrooms, on food and even on paper products. However, both fungi have a unique look and require different methods for removal.

Mildew is a white or gray fungus that grows on the surface of certain materials. It can have a powdery or downy appearance. While mildew is more of a problem for food items, it can grow on construction materials. Home occupants who have mildew present in the living space may experience headaches and respiratory illnesses.

Mold is a green or black fungus that may appear fuzzy or even slimy.

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The health effects are much more severe; they cause migraines, pneumonia, allergic reactions and even mental changes. While most types of mold that are found in homes are not toxic, it is still best to take care of the problem as soon as possible. Because mold is much more difficult to remove, especially if it is located on the roof or in the attic space, a professional may be needed.

While having mold or mildew on the roof may not appear to be a big problem, both types of fungi spread very quickly and can affect the integrity of the roof structure. Homeowners may miss the signs indicating that the roof may have a fungus infestation. Further, they may not know that a fungus infestation could potentially be an indication that there is something wrong with the roof.

In general, a roofer may have a mold and mildew remover that can be used to remove small amounts of mold and mildew. If the infestation has spread and the roof structure's integrity has been compromised, it is likely that a roofer may replace the affected components while fixing the roof's weaknesses.

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