At Carnegie Contracts, Roofing Glasgow & Roofing Edinburgh, our specialist team can take care of all aspects of roof maintenance, dry rot treatment and timber damage.
Our Roof Maintenance, Dry Rot Treatment & Timber Damage Services
Our roof maintenance services include:
- Structural repairs
- Damp proofing
- Penetrating damp
- Wet rot
- Dry rot
Structural Issues Created By Dry Rot & Timber Damage:
When it comes to structural damage of timber, fungal decay is one of the biggest problems that can cause.
This issue accounts for both wet rot and dry rot. And the reasons why these conditions occur is water problems or, in most cases damp conditions, which will cause severe structural damage to your roof and home.
Let us now explain more about roof maintenance, about the difference between dry rot and wet rot, the reasons why it can occur, the symptoms and the best and most powerful way to treat the symptoms.
What Is Dry Rot?
Dry rot will eat through the wood at an incredible pace. Hence the reason, when you discover it on your roofing structure it is essential that you treat it as soon as possible.
Serpula lacrymans is the technical term given for this fungus, which will reduce stalwart beams, structural joists and timbers in no time at all. If left untreated, the wood will disintegrate and become a danger to the structure of your home.
In spite of its name, dry rot cannot develop or become a problem without moisture. Moisture helps it grow and saturate the wood. It needs wood with a moisture level of around 20%.
Dry rot thrives in wet or damp and warm conditions, places with little ventilation. And more often than not, it is found in areas that are not easy to see. An example of this can be your roof trusses, under wooden floors, staircases or skirting boards.
The worst problem with dry rot is that it expands at an alarming rate, on the lookout for more timber to feed on, so it can grow.
Dry rot does not just affect timber, plaster and many other surfaces and structures can be affected, too.
In as little as a few months, or in some cases weeks, the whole fabric of your home could be damaged. That’s why when you discover dry rot, immediate action needs to be taken.
How Do I Spot Dry Rot?
What are the signs of dry rot? When it comes to roof maintenance, here are some things you that you should you look out for:
- Any surface covered with a white or lighter coloured growth tinged with yellow or lilac patches;
- A growth that resembles a pancake with darker shading or dark spots in the centre.
If you find any of the above on your wood or structure, then dry rot has taken control of your wooden structure. The darker colour is millions of dry rot spores, so be careful approaching it. We recommend and that you contact us at Carnegie Contracts, Roofing Glasgow & Roofing Edinburgh, to get our professional opinion.
Dry rot can also have a distinct mushroom-like smell. And the visual signs can be, broken, shrunken, split or crumbled wood. If you push the wood with a screwdriver and it sinks into the timber, then it would seem that it’s rotted.
How Do I Treat Dry Rot?
The first task in roof maintenance is to eliminate any water that has caused the dampness.
What should you look for when checking for the cause of your dry rot? Look for any plumbing or guttering downpipes that are leaking from any joints including overflows.
Water can enter through any gaps in your windows, which may lead to some roof tiles or slates that needing changed, or maybe some lead work that needs attention. Keep an eye on your damp-proof course, too. If it’s damaged, it may cause rising damp. Also, look out for damaged or broken roof tiles, or roof vents or air bricks.
Once you have identified the cause of the damp, you then need to ventilate the whole area using dehumidifiers. A low heat can also help. Doing this may take a while, but the above processes can slow the rot down. However, you should have a professional look at it straight away.
You can also get rid of the infected timber, but this is no easy task. We recommend you call us at Carnegie Contracts, Roofing Glasgow & Roofing Edinburgh, for professional assistance.
What Is Wet Rot?
In the world of roof maintenance, wet rot is a more common problem than dry rot. And wet rot can develop by ‘cellar fungus’. Cellar fungus differs from dry rot as it is attracted to damp wood and it remains confined to a wet area.
Overall it is not as destructive as dry rot, but it can still create serious problems in the structure of your property.
What Are The Symptoms Of Wet Rot?
Wood that has wet rot feels soft. It is darker in the more problematic areas. If in the past, you painted the wood it may be harder to discover. But by pushing the wood with a screwdriver as before, you will be able to discover it has been infected. Wet rot is treated in a similar manner to dry rot.
Roof Maintenance, Dry Rot Treatment & Timber Damage: Get Your Free Quote today
Our experienced, time-served roof maintenance team work to the highest standard and are customer focused at all times. So, if you needing advice about dry rot or wet rot, call us at Carnegie Contracts, Roofers Glasgow & Roofers Edinburgh on 0141 280 2928 or 0131 510 2622 now. We can provide an accurate on-site inspection and a realistic quotation.