The integrity of your roof is imperative to the overall health of your home. Everything starts with the roof, and can easily trickle down into the rest of the house if your roof isn’t up to par. A lot of factors contribute to your roof’s wellbeing, including high and low temperatures throughout the year, wind, rain, humidity, and the age of your roof to begin with. What are some common issues with roofings? Where can I find the roof repair that’s needed for my home? Read on to find out more about one of the most tricky roof ailments: Roof rot.
What Is Roof Rot?
At it’s core, roof rot, or dry rot, is when too much moisture enters your attic areas, leading to wooden fixtures or beams becoming exposed to excess moisture. This excess moisture exposes wood components to grey fungus, and ultimately leads to wood decay. Many key components may go into your roof having roof rot, but the biggest issues are typically humidity due to drastic temperature changes in the attic, moisture from the condensation generated by the temperature changes, and ventilation issues. Sometimes it may be as simple as clogged gutters, improper drainage, or cracks in the roof. A commercial roof contractor can help you pinpoint the exact location and issue you may be experiencing with your roof.
How to Deal with Roof Rot
If you do happen to find yourself with roof rot, you want to make sure you take care of the underlying issue, such as excess amounts of moisture or a crack in the roof, before addressing the roof rot itself. It won’t do you any good to fix the roof rot but still have a leaky roof! It may be possible to “fix” the roof rot, but a lot of that depends on the condition of the wood, and how much moisture and possible mold is in it. If the affected areas are not joints, beams or part of the flooring, it may be possible (and worth it) to repair it instead of replacing it completely.
When repairing the wood, you want to start by removing as much of the damaged wood as possible, most often with a wood chisel. Once that’s been removed, using a consolidant on the remaining wood will help reinforce whatever wood is left by the chisel. The consolidant will strengthen the wood and help bond it to the new, undamaged wood. Apply a wood patching product to finish up, allowing the putty to dry thoroughly. Repairing roof rot is not foolproof, though, and if all the rotted wood isn’t taken out, the mold will travel through the rest of the wood and cause the same issues to arise again.
When replacing the wood, you will completely remove all damaged wood, including the three feet surrounding the damaged wood. You will then also remove all the plaster, skirting paneling, linings and ceilings to ensure all the rot is gone. Next, you’ll clean all the surrounding surfaces, including steel pipes, within a five foot surrounding area, then apply a fungicide to the five foot surface area. Once that’s all clean and dry, you’ll replace the wood you took out, and ideally use new wood with a preservative coating on it. You will then re-plaster and paint the new area, and your attic will be in tip top shape.
Reading about all these steps can seem a little overwhelming, and doing any kind of repairs in your home can be risky and time consuming. With all the steps involved and not wanting to find yourself with roof rot again in a few years, it’s always best to leave this kind of work to the professionals. Here at Skyline Roofing Group, we have over 20 years of experience in dealing with roofing issues. We get the job done right the first time, making sure it’ll last for years to come. We specialize in a wide range of roofing services, including restoration, repair and replacements. Contact Skyline Roofing Group in Seminole County today for your commercial roof contractor needs!