Are rotted wood and/or failed flashing the culprits?

This homeowner called us because she saw water spots in her ceiling. Turns out, rotted wood and failed flashing were the culprits allowing the water to intrude into her home.



Many homeowners ignore the signs of a failing roof. If you give water a pathway to get into your home, it will take it. Just because you don’t have to pull out the buckets to catch the water coming in from a rainstorm doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t fix your problems. A situation like this that is not dealt with quickly can become very costly to both the structure of your home and to the interior. We can fix it!


Rotted Wood Leads To Faulty Roofing


Generally, the wood used for roofing applications is pressure-treated or kiln-dried to boost durability. However, any wood can deteriorate over time due to various factors, including exposure to ultraviolet rays from the sun and primary weathering effects. When used for roofing, the untreated timber is vulnerable to rotting.


In some cases, rot occurs at the base of boards which may not be visible. That is why homeowners should inspect the exterior of their roofs routinely, especially if they have noticed peeling paint, visible leaks, bubbling paint, or stains on the wall or ceiling; this could indicate water damage.


One problem with deteriorating wood is that small moisture pockets may accumulate within, creating ideal conditions for mold growth. In addition, mold spores proliferate to spread to other parts of the house.


Rotted wood on a roof may go undetected for months or even years. But, eventually, it will affect the integrity of your roofing system, leading to some severe problems that are not easy to solve. For this reason, there's no substitute for regular inspections by trained professionals.


Failed Flashing Leads To Roofing Problems


Although faulty flashing often goes unchecked for a long time, it can become a severe roofing problem on its own. It could be time for replacements when you have original metal brackets and tiles on your shingles.


If the seal between different parts of your roof breaks, you will lose the protection of the barrier material. Once this happens, water can seep into areas never designed to hold moisture. That, in turn, can lead to serious insulation problems and other types of damage.


When these issues go without resolution or roof repairs get put off, you may need to replace the entire roof. However, fixing your roof before it gets to this point is much easier and more affordable overall.


Protect Your Most Important Asset


To avoid additional problems with your roof, make sure you maintain the highest level of protection possible. For example, regularly inspect gutters and downspouts for any debris buildup, preventing water from draining freely and creating an opening for water entry.


By having a professional inspection performed, you will have peace of mind knowing that your roof is in good condition and ready to stand the test of time.


If you live in the Greater Atlanta area and suspect a problem with a leaking roof, don't hesitate to contact the experts at Castle Roofing to book your repairs or a consultation. With vast experience in the industry, we would be happy to assist in securing your home from the elements.