Your roof is one of the most hardworking components of your home as it protects your home from the elements. Having it regularly inspected and maintained regularly can help you spot underlying problems that can worsen in the future, including dry rot.

What Is Dry Rot?

Dry rot is a fungal issue that affects the concealed parts of your roofing system that’s rich in moisture. Moisture, warmth and wood create the perfect breeding ground for bacterial growth like dry rot that can cause your roof to deteriorate quickly. In fact, it reproduces around 5 million spores per minute and can remain stagnant until it comes into contact with moisture in the future. Older homes in particular are at higher risk of dry rot since they have a lot of untreated wood components.

Where to Check For Dry Rot?

Your roof replacement contractor recommends checking areas of your roof that have a water source, such as damaged gutters, blocked downpipes, wooden sills and nooks and crannies where water can build up. Some signs of dry rote include cracking, splits, musty odor or discoloration. If you’re inspecting your home from the inside, check for dry rot in areas where moisture and water can build up, including leaking pipes, damp drywall or an unvented loft space.

How to Prevent Dry Rot

Dry rot can be prevented by investing in regular roofing inspections to spot these issues in your roof while they aren’t widespread. This ensures that experienced roofers can spot any sources of moisture or water leaks that can encourage the growth of fungi that will result in dry rot. If you spot dry rot on your roof, be sure to contact your local roofing contractor immediately to carry out repairs.

Looking for a capable roof repair contractor to serve your needs? Trust in Tri-County Contracting! We’re here to give you peace of mind knowing that your home is safe against the elements. Call us at (262) 679-6100, or fill out our contact form here. We serve clients in New Berlin, WI.