Signs You May Have Roof Rot

Apr 17, 2021Blog, Roofing

Many factors can influence the functionality of your home’s roofing system. Your roof is there to protect your home and your family from the elements. However, while it’s protecting you, it can take quite a knock due to constant exposure to things like rain, wind, sunlight, and more.

One of the main elements that negatively affect your roof is moisture. If your home is consistently exposed to moisture, it can lead to things like mold and mildew growth; should it progress any further, your roofing system may start to rot.

Moisture develops within your roofing system when the ventilation in your attic is faulty. Ventilation allows for uninterrupted airflow in your home, keeping your house cool and dry. When moisture develops in your attic, this means that warm air has no means of exiting your home and thus forms moisture spots on your roofing system.

The presence of mold, mildew, and rot in your roof can lead to severe illnesses. These growths should be removed as soon as it is detected. If you think that your home has roof rot, these are some signs that you can look out for.


Damp and Rotten Smell

Getting a damp and rotten smell wafting through your home is one of the earliest and most subtle signs that your roofing system may have a rot issue.

If you’re able to track down the source of the smell, it’s essential to get a roofer in immediately to rid your home of the rot safely. You do not want to wait till the smell takes over your entire home, which could lead to breathing problems and illnesses.


Deteriorated Roofing Materials

When the roof rot has spread from your attic to your roofing materials, you’ll notice that your shingles have started to curl, peel, crumble and ultimately break apart.

It’s essential to stop the spreading of the rot before it affects all your roofing materials. Because once it does, you would need to replace the entire roofing system.


Caving Roofdeck

A caving or sunken roof deck is the most significant sign of roof rot. When the rot spreads to your roof deck, it compromises its structural integrity, leading to its warped shape. A sunken roof deck may be considered an emergency because should the problem worsen, it can lead to your entire roofing system caving in.

If you think that your home has roof rot, call Renova Roofing & Construction today!

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