Having your roof start to rot away is hardly a desirable circumstance. Dry rot weakens the timbers and allows for mold growth that can cause respiratory problems. And while our experts can repair your roof easily, it’s generally better to prevent roof rot than to fix it.

So how do you prevent roof rot? Understanding the circumstances that foster it lets you eliminate possible problems and keep your house safe.

Fungus Spores

Of course, dry rot can’t get started without a ‘seed.’ Frankly, there’s no way to eliminate mold or fungus spores from the air; they’ll get in whether you like it or not. However, treated timber reduces the chances of spores gaining a foothold.

Poor Ventilation & Moderate Temperatures

Moderate temperatures are important to maintain in your home because they’re most comfortable for you. Unfortunately, a climate comfortable for us is also comfortable for mold. However, mold and rot don’t do well with good ventilation and air circulation, which is healthier for us, so make sure your attic has good air flow.


Don’t let the name “dry rot” fool you; the most important factor to allow it to grow is moisture in the environment. Fortunately, you also have more control over the moisture. While living in a relatively humid climate may make you worried, don’t stress too much. Unless the humidity is more than 60{4c8fd0987a672ac4f7f6915f4c64b1fcd7534767d6f45f4e3d72857a7b8808b2}, roof rot won’t take root. If you keep your attic and house free from leaks and the humidity and moisture levels between 40-60{4c8fd0987a672ac4f7f6915f4c64b1fcd7534767d6f45f4e3d72857a7b8808b2}, you will have a much better chance of keeping your home free from rot.

Keep an eye on these circumstances in your home to keep the air clean and the structure stable. If you need roof repair, remember Apex Exteriors does quality, quick work in Elgin, Skokie, Wheaton, and other Northwest Chicagoland areas.

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Last Updated on April 15, 2017 by


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