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Wood rot is always a cause for concern because it breaks down cellulose, the component responsible for giving wood its rigidity. Left unattended, rot can damage your roof’s structure and even affect other parts of your home. 

What Are the Warning Signs of Wood Rot? 

Wood affected by rot looks dried out. You should keep an eye out for signs of warping and cubical fractures (the term refers to the process wherein wood breaks down into cube-shaped pieces). Dry rot is also accompanied by a damp, musty smell. 

How Do You Prevent Wood Rot? 

  • Fixing roof leaks immediately – Leaks create a damp environment that’s the perfect breeding ground for rot (which is a type of decay that’s caused by a combination of moisture and fungi). That’s why it’s important to have leaks fixed as soon as you notice them. 
  • Routinely clean your gutters – Gutters help prevent leaks by diverting rainwater to the drains. However, they won’t able to do their job if they’re filled with leaves and other types of debris. That’s why it’s important to have your gutters cleaned routinely. 

Here’s a tip: if you just don’t have the time for chores like gutter cleaning, there’s the option of installing rain gutter guards. By keeping leaves and other debris out of your gutters, they help reduce your gutter’s maintenance needs. Keep in mind that low maintenance doesn’t mean “no” maintenance. You still need to remove the debris that has accumulated on top of your gutter guards occasionally. That is except for Gutter Helmet guards, the only brand on the market with a Never Clean Your Gutters Again® guarantee.  

  • Apply a fresh coat of paint to peeling and cracked surfaces – Paint, along with varnish, acts as a protective surface that protects wooden components from the elements. 

Planning on installing gutter guards? 

Gutter Helmet of Northern Minnesota offers quality rain gutter guards and gutter systems. To get a free quote, call us at (800) 824-3772 or fill out this form. We serve homeowners in Duluth as well as the surrounding communities in Minnesota.

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