Recognize Roof Rot Before Collapse
Are you wondering what’s causing your roof shingles to crumble? What does reparation entail?
This guide covers the ins and outs of roof rot: how it forms, how to recognize it, and how to repair it. Don’t wait! The longer your roof decays, the greater the danger to the residents of your home.
Stop the Spread Early
Roof rot threatens your safety. Mold can cause severe illness. In addition, roof rot compromises your house’s structural integrity. If you don’t stop the rot early, you’ll have to replace your roofing system, and worse, it may collapse. So, a yearly roof inspection is essential!
Additionally, roof rot significantly decreases the curb appeal of your home. The ugly fungi on your roof will turn buyers away if you're trying to sell your house.
Roof Rot Development
Roof rot develops slowly and progressively. It starts with fungi that can only grow in moist, warm environments, like the wet, coated wood on your roof. The most common causes of the spread are improper ventilation, condensation accompanied by heat, and humidity in the attic.
The Warning Signs
Roof decay appears as “dry rot” or “wet rot.” Dry rot looks dryer and crumblier than wet rot. If you suspect deterioration, these are some more signs that it’s there:
Roof Rot Reparation
Roof rot reparation is a complicated process. It’s risky to tackle independently because the damage will continue if you miss any mold. So, if you’re looking for that information, the process goes like this:
These kinds of repairs are not for the novice; they can be dangerous and cause more damage to your home than you intended. You will save a lot more time and money if you contact a roofer like Town Corners Roofing and Exteriors to do a professional roof inspection to diagnose and fix the problem. Piecemealing repairs to a problem like roof rot will not solve the root cause and only make it bigger.
Picture it: a beautiful roof and a safe home. Get rid of that roof rot today!
Not another ceiling leak! Inconveniences like these signal that there will be more to come, but you can avoid the dangers and costs. Read on to know when to repair your roof and when to replace it.
Why It CAN’T Wait
So you run into a few roofing issues. Immediate repair or replacement is a luxury, right? Wrong. The expense will be a lot higher after dealing with emergencies as they come. These consequences include:
The rule of thumb is to inspect your roof at least twice a year. Its longevity varies by type of shingle. We primarily work with asphalt and metal at Town Corners Roofing and Exteriors.
Upon safely inspecting your roof in good weather, here are the signals that your roof needs fixing:
It is time to get a new roof if you find:
Asphalt is the most common medium for shingles. Its average lifespan is 15-25 years. Asphalt roofs need fixing upon hail damage, sagging sections, chipping, curling, sand granules, and substantial cracks.
Metal roofs typically last longer: 30-50 years. However, a replacement could be necessary if you notice peeling paint, significant discoloration, extreme rust, sagging sections, or leaks that don’t respond to simple repairs. These cases do require repair.
A simple repair includes repairing or replacing tiles, fixing flashings, patching leaks, and filling cracks.
The thicker shingle will last longer. At Town Corners Roofing and Exteriors we use CertainTeed Landmark Series shingles, a high-quality and beautiful product. So as long as you inspect your roof bi-annually, repair it upon warning signs, and replace it before its warranty, you’ll skip out on significant damage to your home. Town Corners Roofing and Exteriors serves West Michigan with complete roofing services, so feel safe about the roof over your head. A professional roofer can distinguish between the urgency of repair and replacement. So don’t wait, request your FREE roof inspection today!
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