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Preventing Mold Growth in Your Cabin: 4 Common Causes of a Leaky Roof

Mold is a serious problem in the cabin. Not only is it unsightly and very difficult to clean, it can cause serious health problems for the occupants of the cabin. That’s especially true of the youngest and oldest occupants, and of those who have allergies or asthma. Mold can only grow when there is moisture present, and because a leaking roof is a very common source of that moisture, it’s important to keep the roof in good condition. Here are four tips for doing that.

Missing Shingles

Shingles are only nailed across the top, so the bottom can sometimes flip up during high winds, breaking the shingle and creating an opening in the roof’s protective layer. Cabin owners should inspect the roof after every windy event to look for damage. This includes checking around the house for any pieces that have blown off completely. Hailstorms also call for a good examination of the roof.

Shifting Structure

Buildings settle over time, and sometimes that can affect the roof. The roof decking can twist or shift just enough to let the roofing nails tear the shingles, creating a tiny opening that will allow more and more water to pass through over time. Eventually, this can create a damp, moldy space in the attic and, eventually, the living space. Cabins with cracking walls or gaps forming under doors should be checked for associated roof damage.

Improper Installation

Once in a while, issues during the construction of a cabin or the later replacement of its roof can lead to leaks. It could be using nails that are too short, not using enough nails, failing to overlap materials properly, or many other deficiencies. No matter the exact cause, the result is a leaky roof that ends up causing mold problems inside the cabin years down the road.

Old Age

Even the best-built, best-maintained roof eventually wears out. Shingles are manufactured with a finite life span, and at some point, their time is up. It is at this point that the cabin owner should find a quality roofing specialist to get started on replacing the shingles so that the roof will remain solid and the living space will not gather moisture that can result in mold.

The roof is a cabin’s first line of defense against rain, snow, ice, sleet, and any other form of precipitation that may come along. Because its primary job is to keep this moisture out, it is essential to keep the roof in good shape so that it doesn’t help create an environment conducive to the development of mold. Factors like the ones we’ve mentioned here are the primary offenders when it comes to leaking roofs, so it is important for any cabin owner to be vigilant for unwanted moisture and to seek its source as soon as possible to minimize the damage to the cabin and its occupants.

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