Painting To Protect Your Jacksonville Home From Mold
Molds and fungal stains can establish themselves on the wood surfaces of your Jacksonville home. Once it does, it will develop rapidly into harmful organisms that can harm the health and well-being of your home's occupants.
Wood beneath the surface can harbor these stains and can be too deep to surface off. The staining effect occurs in spots of varying size and can even look streaked as if building materials were melting off. This is a common look for siding and roof tops.
In general, under normal conditions, the mold fungi will only affect the strength of the wood slightly, with their greatest threat being the increase of absorbency of the wood. This, in turn, can lead to the over-absorbency of glue, paint, or preservatives. If unprotected wood begins to have mold or algae growth, it's extremely difficult to remove. Decay is inevitable with the increase in moisture absorbency.
In Jacksonville, Florida, our risk for mold decay hazard is pretty high due to the humidity. The higher the risk, the more rapidly the organisms will grow because climate conditions are prime.
How Can You Tell If You Have An Algae or Mold Problem?
If you can see a fuzzy, noticeable spot or one that looks powdery by nature, with colors ranging from light shades of green to black, you have probably spotted a mold problem. Among the brighter colors of mold and algae are the green, yellow hues, which are most commonly seen. However, if the wood is soft by nature, the fungus penetrates more deeply giving it a discolored surface.
On large pored woods like oak, the wood beneath the mold growth is lost if mold has reached down to that level because it can't be taken off.
Why Does Mold, Algae, Fungi Love Wood?
Whether it's fungi, mold, mildew, bacteria, or insects, wood is a food for them and that's why the wood degrades so quickly. Mold decay is caused by microscopic, thread-like microorganisms that have to have organic material to feed on.
For some of these, wood offers the required food supply. Temperate climates with high moisture content are perfect climates for these problems.
Painting & Sealing To Protect Wood From Mold and Algae
Under the right conditions, protected wood can give you centuries of service for your homes or buildings. But when conditions permit the growth of mold or algae, it can rapidly grow into a huge problem that takes remediation techniques done by professionals.
One of the best ways you can keep from ever having to deal with mold, algae, bacteria, mildew, or other problems is to protect all the woodwork in the house or building appropriately.
Painting and sealing become the prime protective layer that keeps a wooden surface protected from moisture. Without moisture, mold and similar organisms can't grow.
There are sealants and treatments that can be applied to wood and other types of siding, roofs, fences, decks, trim to keep it protected from mold and algae growth. Professional Jacksonville painting companies like ours at St. Johns Painting, LLC can help you protect all the wood surfaces in your home or on the exterior. If your home needs to be better sealed against mold or mildew, algae and more, give our professionals a call at the number below.