Roof Rot: Causes and Solutions

Written on July 11, 2022 by Austin Matz

Do you have signs of roof rot in your home? Call PRS Roofing, FL, at (800) 750-9198.

Roof rot, also known as dry rot, is a significant problem many homeowners would rather avoid. It’s as unpleasant as it sounds and can tear through a property quickly. If you notice any signs of roof rot, you need to move quickly to fix it before it gets worse.

Roof rot repair and prevention is one of the primary roofing services by PRS Roofing in Altamonte Springs, FL. Book a roof inspection appointment with us today to keep your roof secure.

The Main Causes of Roof Rot

There are several causes of roof rot. However, it all boils down to water. Any roof with a moisture issue left unchecked will gradually rot.

Moisture creates the perfect environment for moss and mold growth. Fungi will spread faster in such an environment, creating more holes in the wood and extending the water damage and roof rot. The top causes of roof rot include:

  • Moisture from condensation
  • Humidity due to temperature changes in the attic
  • Roof ventilation dysfunction
  • Water leaks
  • Wood-eating fungi
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Top Signs of Roof Rot

It’s essential to know the signs of roof rot, so you can act quickly as soon as they appear anywhere in your home. However, we encourage regular roof inspections from qualified roofing contractors to stop the problem before it develops. If you can see the signs, you already have a lot of work to do.

Some of the most apparent indicators of roof rot include:

  • Sagging roof
  • Water stains on ceiling and walls
  • Mold and moss growth
  • Deteriorated shingles
  • Clogged gutters
  • Dark spots on wood
  • Musty, damp smell in the attic
  • Discolored fascia
  • Cracked flashing

Solutions for Roof Rot

The leading solutions for roof rot damage are repair or replacement. Repair is realistic only if the affected area is not responsible for structural stability. That means the site has no joints, beams, or flooring and isn’t responsible for holding anything else up.

In areas that affect structural stability, replacement is the only choice. Regardless of the option, you must first address the cause of the rot to avoid a repeat.

To repair the roof rot, you must first remove as much damaged wood as you can using a chisel. For parts you can’t remove, use a reinforcing compound to strengthen the undamaged wood. Apply a wood patching product to complete the job.

Replacement is a bit more complicated. Here’s what you’ll need to do:

  • Remove the rotted wood (up to three feet).
  • Remove the linings, skirting paneling, and plaster.
  • Clean the area.
  • Replace the old wood with new pieces featuring preservative coating.
  • Replaster and paint the area with a product containing zinc oxychloride.

Get Professional Help for Roof Rot

Repair and prevention of roof rot is not your typical DIY project. PRS Roofing has decades of experience helping homeowners correct roof rot.

We also publish content to keep our clients aware of roofing problems. For example, here are the common summer roofing issues. Call PRS Roofing at (800) 750-9198 to repair roof rot damage and other roofing problems today.

About The Author: Austin Matz

Austin Matz, a 28-year-old Central Florida native and Army veteran, boasts extensive expertise in the insurance and roofing industries. As the Operations Manager of PRS Roofing Company in DeBary, Florida, Austin skillfully navigates the complexities of the business. His background equips him to provide top-tier services while maintaining a strong commitment to customer satisfaction. When not managing roofing projects, Austin can be found sharing his love for the outdoors with his son, exploring new destinations, and creating lasting memories on the water.