Roof Rot: A Big Problem for Homeowners.
Our home’s roof is our first line of defence against the extreme weather in Queensland, it needs to be secure, strong and well maintained. If roof rot sets in then there is a serious problem for homeowners that will need to be rectified immediately to save the integrity of the roof. Unfortunately roof rot can go undetected for many years and can spread up to three metres per year, compromising your roof’s integrity as well as your family’s health.
What Causes Roof Rot?
Moisture getting into your roof is the number one cause of roof rot. If your roof cavity does not have adequate ventilation or is poorly insulated, then high humidity can occur. This humidity results in the roof’s wooden elements becoming exposed to excess moisture. Rot forms as wood-eating fungi destroys the fibres, causing the wood to rot.
Likewise, if there are any cracks, broken, tiles, gaps in pointing or bedding, damaged flashing then water will find a way through, bringing with it mould and fungi causing the wood in your roof to rot. It is also very important to keep an eye on your gutter maintenance. Make sure gutters and downpipes are not blocked and they are in good repair as blocked or broken gutters will cause water to pool on your roof which regrettably will lead to rot if not removed.
How Do You Know if Your Roof Has a Leak?
There are various signs to look out for that would indicate that your roof is letting in water which if left untreated will ensure that roof rot sets in. You can read our handy blog that will highlight exactly what you need to look out for when it comes to spotting roof leaks: ‘5 Signs That Your Roof Has a Leak and What To Do About It’.
How to Tell if Roof Rot Has Set in?
There are a number of ways to tell if roof rot has occurred. Firstly you will likely be able to smell it. As part of your regular home maintenance schedule take a look in your roof cavity area for signs of water damage and leaks. If your smell an unpleasant rotting odour or you see black mould growing on the insulation or decking area then it is time to get a roof expert to take a closer look to find the source of the leak. Ideally you want to find the problem before the rot sets in which will cause an even bigger problem for homeowners. The quicker you can spot a problem, the easier and less expensive the solution will be.
Other indications of possible roof rot in your home include:
1. Moss or Algae on Your Roof Cladding.
According to Build.com.au ‘Roof cladding is the layer of material which makes up the external surface of a roof.’ and if you spot moss or algae growing then this is a serious indicator that there could be problems including blocked drainage, impairment of the cladding, or indeed improper ventilation of the roof. If you see anything growing on your roof it is time to get an expert roofer to inspect your roof for signs of damage.
2. Sagging Studs and Support Beams
If roof rot has already set it you may be able to tell by looking at your roof cavity deck to see if it appears to be sagging. Looking at your roof from a distance may also provide clues. If your roof ridge or deck appear to be sinking then that means that the roof rot has already set into the studs and supports beams. If this is the case it is imperative that you seek help from a trusted roofing company immediately.
3. Ceiling Marks and Staining
One of the last red flags of potential roof rot indicators you will see are marks and stains on your ceiling. Regrettably ceiling stains signal that water damage has already occurred within your roof and roof rot may have already begun to set in. We recommend that you hire a roofing contractor to inspect your roof and rectify the damage as quickly as possible.
Contact Roof Co Group Today
These are a few ways to gauge whether there is roof rot in your home but the best way to find out is to get a qualified roofer to perform a roof inspection. Call our helpful team today to organise your free quote to repair your leaking roof.