A rotting roof can create serious structural problems in your home, and it is bad for your family’s health as well as an eyesore in your neighborhood.
Wood rots when it is exposed to moisture for a prolonged period, allowing fungus to grow, deteriorating the once-solid structure. It is vital to identify the signs of a rotting roof as quickly as possible to minimize the damage and expedite repairs, not only for the sake of saving any remaining sturdy portions of the roof, but to eliminate any safety threat.
Missing Shingles or Torn Flashing
Water is the main enemy of all roofs. If your roof has a breach in the moisture protection system, you can expect rot to set in if the issue is not addressed. Examine your roof with binoculars from ground level. Do you see any gaps in the shingling? Do you notice torn flashing around chimneys? If so, the underlying roof deck is exposed to the elements and is at risk of rot, if it has not already set in. Call a roofing contractor immediately to repair the damage.
Visible Water Damage on Your Ceilings
For the most part, water infiltrating your home is most likely due to a breakdown in the roofing system. If you notice water stains on your ceilings, the cause may be a roof leak. Water damage only gets worse if it is not addressed, especially when it comes to your roof, which is at the mercy of the weather at all times.
Mold Growth in Your Attic
Make routine checks of your attic space. Is the insulation is soggy? Do you smell mold? Do you see mold spots and fungal growth on the wood studs or in the insulation? When an attic is moldy, there is only one cause: water. This could be due to a roofing leak or inadequate ventilation, but the damage will worsen if rot is allowed to develop.
Excessive Moss or Algae Growth
Do you see gray and green moss and algae growing on your shingles’ exterior? This is due to the presence of moisture, which creates the perfect environment for these organisms to develop. It may look harmless, but both moss and algae can lead to shingle deterioration, which could make its way to the underlying roof deck and cause more significant harm. Whether the growth develops from a blocked drainage system or a problem with roof ventilation, it is important to have a roofer address the problem right away.
Sunken Roof Deck
If you notice one part of your roof is bowed or uneven, do not hesitate to contact a roofer. You might also notice portions of the roof deck sinking from inside the attic. This can indicate serious issues with the studs and roof support beams, which may have already succumbed to rot.
Contact Knockout Roofing if you notice any of the signs of a rotting roof, and get personalized service focused on the health and safety of your family, as well as the longevity of your roof.