It’s something you might have just heard about today. However, materials in your attic do rot because most residential properties use wood to build their roofing structures and rooms. Wood decay is a normal phenomenon, but you can extend the lifespan of your attic if you know the proper way to give care to its organic components.

Fungi and moss are the leading accelerators of wood rotting that leads to dry rot in attics. The biggest “rotter” of them all is the honey fungus, which creates brown rot, the most unappealing of all dry rots in your attic. Its presence is common among homes already beyond 20-30 years of existence. Unfortunately, it’s important to have these structures removed and immediately replaced.

Failure to do so by your dependable Calgary AB roofers will mean huge problems for your property in the future. It’s possible that your entire attic can collapse because of weakened structures — which is especially true for slate tile roofing that is heavier than the usual roofing material.

In addition, dry rot won’t only kill your home, but it can grow molds and fungus that can travel in air. Inhalation of molds can trigger allergic reactions and even weaken your immune system. Removing dry rot from your attic is imperative to provide you with a safe and long-lasting home, and ensure the health and safety of your property.

Timberwise has a great article that can help you learn more about identifying and containing dry rot below:

The Dry Rot Life Cycle consists of four main stages, each with their own tell­tale signs that can help you identify a dry rot outbreak.

Mycelium Growth

Mycelium growth will appear as a white or grey cotton wool like substance. Mycelium has the ability to spread extensively across numerous building materials in search for a new source of food – in this case, wood.

Fruiting Body

The fruiting body or sporophore is easily identifiable with its ‘pizza-like’ appearance. These fruiting bodies can appear in an array of shapes and sizes dependant on the conditions present. Most of these round-shaped fruiting bodies are a rusty deep red colour (the spores) with the outer parts of this growth being a much lighter white colour. The spore dust from these fruiting bodies can be the first indication to a property owner that dry rot is present and a fruiting body is lurking somewhere nearby.

Affected Timber

As dry rot’s sole purpose is to dry out and remove moisture from the ood, a good indicator of a dry rot issue is the affected wood itself. This will look dried out and will have therefore shrunk as a result. This wood will most likely be brittle and warped and the grain of the wood will have cuboidal shaped cracking features.

Dry Rot Smell

The most common symptom of dry rot, even without physically seeing the outbreak, are the presence of a damp, musty and fungal smell. The smell may not necessarily mean there is a dry rot issue, but would certainly indicate an issue with dampness; however dampness can often lead to dry rot depending on the extent of the issue. (Continued)

Make sure you’re working with dependable Calgary AB roofers, such as No Payne Roofing, in replacing and addressing all your dry rot and roofing issues. Contact us today to learn more.