WE STOP WOOD ROT FROM DAMAGING YOUR ROOF & DEVALUING YOUR HOME
Is your roof leaking? Do you have missing shingles or ugly stains on your roof? Elegant Roofing & Gutters has an experienced crew that can diagnose your roof problem and handle all your roof repair needs. When minor problems are overlooked, they can become costly problems that can damage the interior of your home. Make sure your home is properly protected with quality materials and reliable repairs. Fixing your roof now can also help you avoid expensive roof replacement. Wood rot often comes as an unpleasant surprise. Perhaps youíre having your roof shingles replaced and the roofer announces that the decking, rafters, and/or ridge board is rotted. Or maybe youíre preparing to paint an exterior window sill or trim board and you notice the wood under the old paint is soft. Worse is when youíre in the basement or crawlspace and notice rot in structural beams and joists! Left untreated, with the right conditions, wood rot can spread and eventually weaken the structure of your home. Of course, a home with significant rot will also lose its resale value, so itís imperative to take action. Elegant Roofing & Gutters specializes in roof repairs that can help prevent wood rot. We offer expert wood rot repair and roof repair services throughout the Greater Houston area.
What causes rot anyway?
The fungal spores that cause wood to rot are all around us. Fortunately, they are not always active, and rot damage does not occur overnight. Dry rot is a common type of wood rot in which wood is attacked by fungi. The fungi destroy the parts of the wood that make it strong and firm. To grow and begin to digest wood, fungal spores need adequate amounts of water and high relative humidity. When the moisture content of the materials with which your home is built is coupled with high relative humidity, the stage is set for rot. Where to Inspect for Dry Rot & Wood Rot Armed with an awl or a small screwdriver, inspect locations where rot often gains a foothold. Use the tool to poke into areas that are suspects (blistered or soft) to see how extensive the rot is. Rot is likely to occur in:
- Exposed framing in a basement or crawlspace
- Exterior window sills and door thresholds
- Exterior window and door casings (trim)
- The underside of roof decking
- Roof framing (if accessible from the attic)
- Fascia (trim to which gutters are often attached) and rake boards (trim on the gable end of a roof)