Residential mold problems can arise quickly and can lead to long-term issues, not only in regard to your family’s health but for the structural integrity of your home. Mold thrives in the dark, warm areas, such as between the studs inside of walls and on the backside of drywall panels. Ultimately, mold infestations can cause wood rot and drywall disintegration. By now, you might be wondering what you can do to stop mold growth from starting or, if you already have a minor mold problem at home, prevent the issue from getting worse.
Many homeowners are surprised to learn that the best way to keep mold from wreaking havoc inside of their houses is to perform exterior upgrades. By ensuring that the outside of your home is as airtight and updated as possible, you will make it difficult for moisture to creep in and cause patches of mold to form. Here, you will learn more about several exterior renovation jobs that can help keep your home mold-free for years.
Have new windows installed?
If you currently have older windows in your house, the odds are good that they are not very energy efficient, which means you likely notice condensation on them on a regular basis. The condensation you can wipe away with your hand is not generally a cause for major concern, but if the moisture is on the inside of double-paned window glass, you should absolutely call a professional to assess the situation as soon as possible. This is a sign that the window is not sealed tightly or something else has gone awry. It could lead to mold growth in a very short period of time.
Although you might think that replacing your windows will be a huge, costly renovation project, it has far more benefits than drawbacks. The fact that brand new windows will be extremely energy efficient will keep your house more comfortable all year round and lead to lower utility bills during every season. These two perks typically make the entire project worthwhile!
Have your roof inspected?
Although even the most basic modern roofing materials are generally rated to last at least a couple of decades, all roofs will eventually begin to fail. If your roof has already started leaking or if shingles are starting to shift and fall off, it is imperative for you to have it replaced sooner rather than later. Otherwise, you will almost surely find yourself dealing with a mold problem.
The cost of replacing your roof will depend largely on what material you choose. Traditional asphalt shingles, for instance, are significantly less pricey than slate or ceramic tiles. As long as your roof is properly installed by reputable professionals, all materials should protect equally well against mold. Some, like slate, will simply need to be replaced less frequently than others.
If you are interested in having exterior renovations done to protect your house from a future mold infestation, give the experts at Hatch Homes a call at your earliest convenience. A member of our team would love to visit your Carolina property, assess your windows and roof, and provide you with information about what we can do to make your house better than ever. We look forward to speaking with you soon!