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6 Signs Your Eaves Are Beginning to Rot


The edges or eaves of your roof offer the protection it needs from blowing rains, snow, and melting ice. The wood that makes up this part of your home can begin to wear and rot, forcing you to hire a roofer to replace the problemed areas. Below are six signs your wood might be starting to rot.

1. Missing Sections of Eaves

When you find areas of your eaves that are missing boards, chances are you are dealing with a section that has already deteriorated. Check the entire perimeter of the home to ensure the problem has not become widespread. Make sure that all wood is solid and not coming loose. Call in a professional roofer to repair any damaged or missing parts as soon as possible. It’s an important part of your roofing support system.

2. Peeling Paint and Mold

Peeling and chipped paint are areas exposed to moisture, which can lead to water damage and rotting of the wood. You might be experiencing some level of wood rot if you see visible areas of mold and lichen. It will have a dirty or dark green appearance. Mold will begin to deteriorate the wood.

3. Cracked and Broken Boards

Boards that are broken and cracked are exposed to the elements. You will eventually experience parts of the wood disappearing. Replace cracked and broken eaves right away to protect the integrity of your roof. Never simply paint over these areas of damage. For more information, Cherry and Clark Roofing can provide you with further insights.

4. Insect Infestation

Termites can be a huge problem in wood that is beginning to soften through rot. It’s easier for insects to chew through and make themselves at home. Termites can destroy every wooden part of your home and make it an unsafe structure. Have a pest control professional take care of the problem and repair the wood damage.

5. Soft Wood

If you can take a fingernail and dig into the wood that makes up your eaves, you are looking at a serious wood rot problem. Soft wood is in the process of breaking down. It is somehow exposed to moisture and retaining enough to destroy the natural fibers of the wood.

6. Swollen and Uneven Boards

Swollen boards are a definite sign of wood rot and moisture warping. Stand under the eaves and look along the edge. If the wood has any amount of curvature and uneven surfacing, replace the boards in question. It’s better to have boards that are straight and offer long-lasting performance.

Don’t forget to check your eaves periodically to make sure your wood is in good condition.