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Do You Need Roof Repair Due to Dry Rot?

There are many reasons you may need roof repair but one few homeowners are aware of is dry rot. Dry rot is actually a misnomer because it’s primary cause is moisture. Because of our hot and humid summers, many homes in our area have dry rot damage.

Photo Credit: Maximum Roof Care
Photo Credit: Maximum Roof Care

What is Dry Rot?

Dry rot is actually a fungus that grows in moist dark places. That’s why our roofing system is a prime place it grows. The damage it causes can be quite extensive because it causes wood to become soft and brittle. In many cases destroying the beams and roofing deck that are key elements of your roofing system. If you see something that looks like termite damage but you can take a screwdriver to the damage and easily poke into it, you probably have dry rot.

How Does it Happen and How is it Fixed?

When small roof leaks go undetected for long periods of time, the roof deck and beams become permanently damp. The fungus starts to grow and spreads through your roof. This is one reason it’s so important to have regular roofing inspections and repairs performed promptly.

The only way to fix it is to remove any infected wood. If that is the case, your roof repair company may need to remove large sections of your roof, roof deck, and in extreme cases, even your support beams.

Can I Prevent It?

The good news is that there are steps you can take to prevent this fungus from ever taking hold in your home. First is to have regular roofing inspections. Small leaks that are repaired promptly rarely have time to cause dry rot. Secondly, make sure your attic is ventilated properly. When your attic can breathe, moisture doesn’t have the opportunity to build up and that helps prevent the fungus from growing.

No matter why you need roof repair, it’s never a fun ordeal. Calling roofers, getting estimates, checking backgrounds of the roofers takes time and effort. By keeping your roof well maintained, you can cut down on the need for roof repair. Cooley Roofing provides many homeowners throughout the Triad with annual roof inspections that help cut down on the need for large roof repairs like those caused by dry rot. Call today for your free inspection and estimate for your roof repair – 336-766-6488.

Special thanks to Maximum Roof Care for use of their image.

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