It’s the damage you can’t see spreading that’s the most dangerous for your roof. Often, creeping rot and decay start to spread from the concealed parts of your roof. And, before you know it, it’s too late to mitigate the damage.
One of the things to look out for is dry rot, an invasive and fast-spreading fungi commonly found in the hard-to-reach nooks and crannies of a roof. Stapleton Roofing, one of the top roofing companies in the state, elaborates on the signs of dry rot infestation below.
Dry Rot Damage
Dry rot spores are an omnipresent threat for your roof as they can lie dormant until such time there’s enough moisture, specifically an excess of 20%, for them to grow. Not to mention dry rot can propagate its spores at a whopping rate of five million spores per minute.
The fungus then eats away at timber, breaking down the cellulose and hemicellulose components responsible for the strength and resilience of wood. Eventually, this weakens wood to the point that it takes on a brittle and blocky appearance. Cracks, splits and discoloration are also possible signs of dry rot.
The rate at which dry rot spreads across and damages your roof will depend on its age. Apart from the fact that newer timber will be more resilient than aged wood, there’s a chance your older roof wasn’t treated. If you’re not sure, have one of your local roofers inspect your roof; it’s better to take preventive measures, considering the risks involved.
Spotting the Signs
Considering that moisture is the main prerequisite for dry rot infestation, you should check parts where moisture may accumulate or potential sources of leaks. These include your gutters, downspouts and even your window sills.
If you think you’ve found dry rot, apply a bit of pressure to the area using a screwdriver. If it manages to penetrate the wood or the wood flakes off, that area is infested.
The next step would be to call an experienced contractor to assess the extent of the damage. Since dry rot spreads quickly, it’s important to mitigate the damage as soon as possible.
Stapleton Roofing, a contractor with nearly a decade’s worth of experience in the industry, offers roof replacement and inspection services. To get a free estimate, call us at (602) 562-4991 or (602) 833-7663, or fill out this form. We serve homeowners in Peoria, Scottsdale and Paradise Valley, AZ.