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In an older home? Cinder block can hide water stains, but can’t prevent leaks in the attic.

Did you know that a lack of water stains inside your Tampa Bay house is not guarantee of a leak-free roof? Some home designs can prevent water stains from a leak, yet still allow water to collect in the attic creating a major mold problem which is a structural and health problem.
If your Clearwater, FL home was built before 1970, there’s a good chance it is constructed with cinder block walls. Concrete block has been used by home builders for more than 100 years. There are many benefits to building with cinder blocks.

They are:

  • Fire proof and do not burn.
  • Stronger than poured concrete.Immune to bugs.
  • Offer very good sound proofing.
  • Durable and resistant to many kinds of typical damage like impacts and water.

It’s this water resistance aspect that can cause home owners to feel a false sense of comfort when addressing roof water leaks. The concrete blocks will not show the tell-tales signs of a water stain, like dry wall will.The effect is that homeowners may have a leak in their roofs creating damage to the wood structure of the attic and producing mold, while the home owner is unaware.
Taking a peak into the attic is a good way to see if you have major mold issue. But, if you find any evidence, or want more piece of mind, a call to a roofing professional is worth the time. Professionals know what leaks can look like, even if there currently is not water in the attic. They know where to look for hard to spot issues that will turn into real problems down the road.
A professional can also tell you what kind of mold is present. There are over 100,000 kinds of mold and some are a health risk while others are not. The color of the mold does not necessarily dictate the health risk.
If you have any concerns about your roof, please call us at Weatherproof Roofing. At Weatherproof Roofing, we deal with roof replacements all the time.
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