Moisture is the bane of practically every home; a good number of issues with the roof stem from this one factor. And depending on the type of roofing system you have, your roof might be more vulnerable to moisture damage.
Flat roofs, in particular, are prone to moisture damage due to their lack of elevation. Rainwater tends to pond on the flat surface, eventually seeping into the flat roof’s substrate. Left unattended, it can lead to a host of other problems; the most serious of which is rot.
What then are the ways to prevent and treat flat roof rot? John Peters Roofing, a top residential roofing contractor, elaborates further below.
Poorly Ventilated Attics
As mentioned earlier, rot can form as a consequence of physical roof damage, namely cracks on the flat roof. However, the rot may have also been caused by a poorly ventilated attic.
Poorly ventilated attics often have high moisture levels, and it doesn’t take much moisture to rot wood and other organic materials. In fact, it only takes a moisture level of 20% to start the decaying process.
If your contractor deems a poorly ventilated attic to be the main culprit, installing a ventilation system should remedy the problem.
Improper Roof Installation
Rot is a common problem among roofing systems that weren’t properly installed. Your roof installation may have poor drainage or blocked drain vents. In such cases, it might be better to replace the faulty roof with a new one altogether.
To make sure you never encounter this type of problem, only hire qualified and experienced contractors. It would also be a good idea to schedule periodic roof inspections; damage and repair costs can be minimized as long as you can address rot and other moisture problems early on.
John Peters Roofing is a contractor with more than four decades’ worth of experience. We offer roof replacement and inspection services. To get a free estimate, call us at (317) 786-3315 or fill out this form. We serve homeowners in Indianapolis.