Summer brings more than just extreme heat. It also brings with it high humidity and occasional downpours. As such, preparing for the season should begin with a simple inspection of your home, starting with the roof. Severe weather patterns are common occurrences during the summer months in States on the East Coast like Virginia.

This means your home will be subjected to all kinds of weather, from extreme heat to hurricanes. The varying conditions might weaken the overall structure of the roof, which may cause damage and allow mold to grow inside. This isn’t just unsightly; it’s also a health hazard. According to the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM):

Molds and other fungi may adversely affect human health through three processes: 1) allergy; 2) infection; or 3) toxicity. It is estimated that about 10% of the population has allergic antibodies to fungal antigens. Only half of these, or 5%, would be expected to show clinical illness. Furthermore, outdoor molds are generally more abundant and important in airway allergic disease than indoor molds — leaving the latter with an important, but minor overall role in allergic airway disease.

Maintaining proper insulation and ventilation is the most effective way of preventing mold growth and this why the integrity of your roofing in Northern Virginia is important.

 With healthcare costs as high as they are, don’t jeopardize your health because of an unattended roof. Contact Northern Virginia roofing experts like Peak Roofing Contractors Inc. if you spot any stains on your ceiling or any other sign of mold.

We know the local weather patterns, we maintain a skilled and experienced team and we only use materials from the country’s top manufacturers. Beyond insulation, we also tackle any type of damage to a roof. Prepare for summer the right way through a thorough home inspection. Regular maintenance and a little help from Peak Roofing Contractors Inc. will ensure your home stays mold-free for the rest of the summer.

(Article Excerpt from Adverse Human Health Effects Associated with Molds in the Indoor Environment, www.acoem.org)