Is Your Roof Rotting From the Inside Out?
Do you take your roof for granted? It’s always just there, protecting your home, your possessions and your family. If you’re like most people, you seldom give your roof a second thought…until the day that it becomes unreliable and begins to leak or worse yet, affects the structural integrity of your home (there is the possibility that your roof could collapse).
There are several things that threaten the health of your roof:
- Ice Dams
- Moss Growth
- Animals living in your attic
- Storms that damage or remove your roofing materials
- Damaged flashings
The thing that all of these conditions have in common is they’re all quite easily visible and don’t require a lot of detective work to find. But one thing that can destroy your roof, lead to great damage to your home and can greatly impact your wallet is undetected roof rot. Unless you are looking for it, it can get away unnoticed, and that’s where the big problem begins…it can and will spread, in fact, it’s been known to spread about 10 feet per year if unchecked.
What causes roof rot?
Roof rot, which is often referred to as dry rot is basically caused by too much moisture in the attic, which is caused by…
- Poor attic and roof ventilation
- Warm temperatures in the attic that create humidity
- Moisture from the humidity that can’t escape properly
- Water leaking into your attic
Once these conditions take control, mold growth begins and so does rotting. Keep in mind that when mold growth begins, it’s not only dangerous to your home, but it can be dangerous to your health; as the mold grows, it reproduces by sending tiny spores throughout your home. As people breathe in these spores, serious respiratory conditions can occur.
Can roof rot be prevented?
The good news is that yes, roof rot can be prevented if a few preventative measures are taken.
- Regularly inspect your attic, looking for any signs of excess moisture caused by leaks or humidity. A good rule of thumb for humidity levels is to keep it at about 50%. Much higher than that and your roof is a good candidate for rotting wood.
- Make sure your attic is properly vented to allow for moisture to escape and air to flow freely. Many of the new roofs that are being installed are addressing the problem of ventilation by using a great system that vents through the ridge caps.
- Keep your roof clear of debris buildup that blocks water from exiting your roof properly, allowing the water to build up and find a way to seep through your roof.
- Keep your roof in good repair by replacing missing or damaged shingles and flashing.
Every once in a while, you should stand back and take a good look at your roof for signs of sagging, this is most likely a signal that you have a problem that needs to be dealt with right away.
If your roof needs replacement or repair, Contact us, we’ll be happy to come and give you a free estimate.
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