If you live in a home that was built before the 1980s, there’s a good chance it has a roof deck. A roof deck is essentially the ceiling of your attic, and it’s made of plywood or other types of lumber. Roof decks can be damaged by age or water damage due to leaks in the roof above them. When this happens, you’ll see signs like rot or mold on the surface of your ceiling. If you don’t address these issues quickly, they’ll get worse over time and eventually require replacement—plus doing so can help prevent further damage from occurring beyond just this one area of your home! In today’s post, we’ll look at how to tell if your roof deck needs replacement and who can help with this project:
What does a damaged roof deck look like?
You can tell if your roof deck is damaged if you see discoloration or cracks in the wood. Damage to the roof deck is caused by water leaks, so if you have a leaky roof, consider repairing it before replacing the entire deck. If you’ve had a lot of rain lately and notice there are wet spots on your ceiling or walls, this could be a sign of water damage to your deck.
Another sign that your roof deck needs replacement is bowing or bulging due to roof rot. Fungal and mold growth can also indicate that something isn’t right with your decking materials—and may mean they’re in need of replacement sooner than later. Other signs include damage to insulation; damage to other wood framing structures like joists; cracked exterior sheathing boards; and peeling paint above doors or windows
How often should I check my roof deck for damage?
While inspecting your roof deck may seem like a good idea, removing shingles to look at the decking is not a regular home maintenance practice. If you are about to sell your home or purchase a new one and want to make sure its roof will boost its value, then checking out the deck may be something worth doing. In some cases, you could save money by not having to replace all the damaged materials if there are only small cracks or holes in them.
When you do decide to tear off a handful of your shingles, here’s what we recommend:
- Use caution – Use caution when removing damaged shingles so they don’t fall on anyone or anything below. Keep in mind these pieces may be coated in asbestos, so make sure to wear a mask and wear gloves.
- Round up all the pieces – Keep all removed parts together with tape so nothing gets lost during clean up, especially if there were hazardous materials involved.
Why should I be diligent about fixing roof rot?
If you’ve noticed any of the signs above, it’s time to consider replacing your roof deck. Roof decks are important because they provide structural support for the rest of your house. They also shield your home from moisture and direct water away from critical areas like ceilings and insulation.
If your roof deck is exposed to excess moisture too frequently, there is a chance it will decay or develop wood rot. This can lead to problems with insulation and roof leaks, as well as an expensive repair bill later down the road.
Who should I contact to help with roof deck replacement?
Contact us today if you need help with roof deck replacement. Our skilled team is waiting to assist you with any roofing needs, including other services like roof repairs and maintenance. Call us today at (989) 447-2915 or fill out our online contact form to request a free quote.