Have you ever taken a look at the outside of your home and wondered Whats growing on the side of my house? Over the years, the exterior of your home can become a breeding ground for mold and algae. You may be asking yourself: Is this normal? or How does this happen? Read on to learn more about why mold and algae grows on the home, some common causes of growth, and practical cleaning tips to make your homes exterior look beautiful again.
Mold and Algae
Mold and algae are common discolorations of fungi that can grow on any surface including the exterior of the home. Mold typically appears as a white or gray powder with tiny specks of black while algae can have a black, brown, or green discoloration and will resemble something that looks like a fuzzy plant. Mold and algae both grow in areas where there is trapped moisture especially in dark and damp spaces near the base of the home.
If mold and algae are plaguing the exterior of your home, here are some options for cleaning the area:
– Soap, water, and a soft bristle brush
– Oxygen bleach cleaner
– Power washing
– Trisodium Phosphate cleaner
The best line of defense is a good offense. If you are in the market for a complete siding replacement, you may want to consider options that are less prone to mold and algae issues. Siding made from fiber cement, cedar, metal, and aluminum can all be good choices. They are less susceptible to holding in moisture making mold and algae unable to grow in the environment. An experienced contractor can help you in the selection process.
Mold and algae can make your home look unappealing and, if not cleaned or removed properly, can cause significant damage. Contact the professional contractors at Custom Installations for help. Our expert team will assess the condition of the exterior and offer the best siding solutions for your homes needs.
Contact us for more information or to schedule a consultation.