Roof rot is a serious problem. What makes it worse is that it is often invisible to the naked eye. Your roof could be rotting from the inside and no one would notice until the stability of your home or the health of your family was compromised.
Moisture is the number one enemy of all roofs. Water can easily find its way through cracks and gaps, leaving moulds and fungi all over the place.
Your Hunter roofing experts know that roof rot can spread about 10 feet per year if undetected. A rotting roof will weaken the structure of your home, and expose you and your family members to the dangers of mould inhalation. If you are a homeowner, it is important to learn how to spot the initial signs of roof rotting before the problem becomes widespread.
What causes roof rotting and how can Newcastle Roof Restoration help?
- Damaged flashing
The flashing on your roof is its first protection against moisture. If the metal strips around the chimney, dormer, or vents are torn, water could seep through the bricks and down the roof deck. Call for Newcastle Roof Restoration services to repair flashing issues.
- Blocked gutters and downspouts
Your roof should effectively shield your home from rainwater with a well-maintained drainage system. If the gutters and downspouts break or deteriorate, water can pool on the roof and lead to rot if it is not flushed out.
What are the symptoms of a rotting roof?
- Mould in your attic
The proximity of the attic to your roof makes it the first breeding ground for mould. Make it a point to inspect your attic regularly and check for black mould growth on the insulation and decking. If you smell mould or see water damage on the wood, it may be due to a roof leak or poor ventilation. Contact roofers right away before rot starts to develop.
- Moss and algae on your roof cladding
Moss and algae growth on the roof cladding are not just an eyesore. It could be a symptom of more serious problems such as cladding deterioration, inadequate roof ventilation, or blocked drainage system.
- Sinking roof ridge and deck
Take a look at the deck of your attic then take a quick glance at your roof from across the street. Do the roof deck and roof ridge look like they are sinking? If these structures are sagging, it could mean that the studs and support beams have already started rotting.
- Water spots on the ceiling
When the ceiling starts to show traces of water stains, it means that water damage has already spread through your roofing system. It is important to address the issue right away before it starts to rain again.
Contact your Newcastle roof specialist today
Don’t wait for dry rot to develop. Do a routine inspection of your attic, gutters, cladding, flashing, and ventilation and check for signs of roof rotting. It’s easier and cheaper to maintain these roof sections than deal with a fully rotting roof. If rotting is already widespread, give us a call right away and we’ll take care of the problem.