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The Basics to Know About Dry Rot on Your Roofing System

Dry rot is one of the biggest threats to your roof and one of the leading reasons why homeowners tackle home remodeling projects. Dry rot is brought about by a combination of moisture, warmth and wood. It’s a problem that requires urgent attention or widespread damage can occur. Since it can be difficult to spot, it’s important that you arm yourself with as much knowledge as possible when it comes to dry rot.

In this post, Colonial Remodeling discusses the basics that every homeowner should know when it comes to dry rot on your roof.

Where Should I Check For Dry Rot?

Start by inspecting areas of your roof where there’s likely to be a water source. These sources include your gutters, downpipes and wooden windowsills. Should any of these areas of your roof sustain damage, they’ll encourage moisture infiltration on your roof, which could easily lead to dry rot. 

How Do I Know My Roof Has Dry Rot?

There are many ways you can determine if your roof has dry rot. These symptoms often include cracking, splits and discoloration. If you suspect your roof is showing signs of dry rot, apply pressure to the area by using a screwdriver. If the screwdriver penetrates the wood or it easily flakes off, it means dry rot is present on your roof. Alternatively, you can always call an expert such as the roofing and siding installation pros of Colonial Remodeling to check for you.

How Can I Prevent Dry Rot?

Regular maintenance is the best way to prevent dry rot on your roof. Having a professional roofer come to your home to inspect your roof allows for early detection of problem areas, paving the way for prompt repairs. If your gutter and downspout start showing any signs of problems, schedule repairs immediately.

To fulfill your home improvement plans, turn to Colonial Remodeling. We are your leading provider of roofing services and James Hardie siding. Give us a call at (703) 822-7222 or fill out our contact form for a free estimate. We serve homeowners in Arlington, VA, and nearby areas.

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