Five Roof Defects That Could Cause Wood Rot This El Nino Season

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The El Nino rains are here, so the time to protect your roof is now! Photo via Visualhunt.com

Here in San Diego we are smack dab in the middle of one of the most intense El Nino storm seasons in our weather history. Surely you’ve noticed the now common pitter-patter of rainfall on your roof at night or how often you have to flick on your windshield wipers when driving to work. All this rain is great for our drought-stricken state, but it can be a nightmare for your roof! Wood and moisture do not get along well. In fact, that particular combo is bound to create wood rot. Unless you take measure to prevent wood rot on your roof, you may find yourself paying for rotted wood repairs by the end of El Nino!

Between rainstorms, get proactive. Give your roof a careful inspection and look out for these five roof defects that might be rolling out the welcome mat for wood rot:

  1. Defective Roof Flashing

Flashing is metal sheeting, such as galvanized steel or aluminum, that covers joints in the roof to prevent water from seeping through. You can usually find flashing around the valleys and hips of the roof as well as at the angle around the chimney. Wet spots or leaks in your ceiling or walls may indicate defective flashing. Hop up onto your roof and look for corroded, loose, or displaced flashing on the sloping roof valleys and at the junctions of the dormers (a window that projects from the roof).

  1. Clogged Downspouts or Eaves

Has it been a while since you’ve cleaned out your eaves and downspouts? Even in San Diego where we don’t have nearly the same level of dead leaves during falls as much of the rest of the country, downspouts and eaves can still become clogged with debris. When this happens, water can back up and accumulate on your roof. Next stop, wood rot!

  1. Roof Cracks

Time gets us all in the end, even your roof. If your roof is more than five years old and you notice leaking, it’s time to go on a hunt for cracks. If your roof is made with wood or composition shingles, the place to start your search is on southern exposures where cracks tend to appear first.

  1. Missing Shingles

This is an easy one. Get onto your roof and take a visual tour, making sure to review all of the areas of your roof. If you are missing a shingle or tile, you’ll notice it right away. Another thing to look out for is shingles or tiles that are loose or slightly out of place. This might not be so easy to spot, so keep your eyes open and your instincts sharp.

  1. Holes in Your Roof

Yes, holes can happen over time. High winds may send debris, like sharp branches between the tiles or shingles of your roof. Even a small hole in your roof can invite wood rot. These holes may be very difficult to find during a roof inspection. Instead, check your attic for a drip trail or a spot of light coming through. If you find it, mark the spot by sticking a nail or wire through the hole, so you can find it on the outside.

Determining the problem with your roof is only the first step in preventing wood rot. If an area has already absorbed a lot of water, you need to dry out the surrounding wood or even replace it if wood rot has already started to set in. No matter what, you want to fix the damage as soon as possible. Our El Nino season isn’t close to over in San Diego, so any defects in your roof are only going to cause more headaches the longer you leave them to fester.

Roof work can be delicate and tricky, and it’s easy to cause more damage in your efforts to fix your roof if you don’t know what you are doing. If you want quick, quality wood roof repair service, contact Best-Rate Repair for a quote. We are your rotted wood repair experts in San Diego.

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