Dry rot is basically an invasive fungi that grows in concealed parts of the roof. It is often the result of the combination of moisture, warmth and wood. Dry rot spreads fast, and it can weaken your roof causing it to break down eventually.
Identifying this issue at an early stage enables you to save your roof and prevent costly expenses. In this article, Hinkle Roofing, a reputable roofing company with over 100 years of industry experience, shares tips on how to spot dry rot on your roof and what you should do about it.
Checking for Signs of Rot
Some of the signs of dry rot that you need to watch out for are discoloration, splits and cracking. You can start your inspection in the areas of your roof that often come into contact with water or moisture. Typically, these include downpipes, gutters, window sills and edges or corners where water can potentially collect.
Keep an eye out for damp drywall, leaking pipes and unvented attic space. These usually provide an ideal breeding environment for fungi.
How to Deal with Dry Rot
If you’re not sure whether you’ve found dry rot or not, you can confirm this by applying pressure to the affected area using a screwdriver. If the screwdriver penetrates the wood or the wood flakes off easily, chances are you’re dealing with dry rot. To be absolutely certain, contact professional roofers and have it checked.
Carry out the necessary repairs immediately so that the rot won’t spread to structural components like ceilings and plastering. Make sure to address the root of the problem. Look for the source of moisture and fix any leaks that are present in or near your roof.
Hinkle Roofing specializes in residential and commercial roofing services. We guarantee excellent workmanship and reliable customer service. Call us at (205) 352-1940 or fill out our contact form to request a free estimate. We provide our expertise to clients in Calera and Hoover, AL, and the surrounding areas.