The one thing you really don't want to happen to your roof is for roof rot to develop. If roof rot is able to develop on your roof, it can be expensive to remove and can compromise the structural integrity of your home as well. Here are five things you can do to prevent roof rot from ever happening or occurring on your roof. 

Keep The Temperature In Your Attic Consistent Year Round

The first thing you need to do is keep the temperature in your attic consistent throughout the year. You don't want the temperature to fluctuate throughout the year. Keeping the temperature consistent will prevent moisture from building up in your attic and creating prime conditions for roof rot to occur. 

If you keep the temperature consistent, you should also be able to help control the humidity levels in your attic as well. 

Install An Effective Ventilation System

The second thing you need to do is make sure that you have a proper roof ventilation system installed. You should have ridge vents, soffit vents as well as attic fans. Having an adequate ventilation system will help keep moisture out of your attic and will help protect your roof from developing roof rot.

If you are unsure about how effective your ventilation system is, have a roofing contractor inspect your roof and attic and check your system.

Fix Loose Shingles

The third thing you need to do is have your roof inspected at least once a year. During this inspection, have all loose or damaged shingles replaced. You should also have any sealant that has become damaged or compromised around your vents, chimney and other roof fixture replaced.

If you notice loose shingles outside of your roof, you should arrange to have them fixed right away. When left alone, water can get under those loose and damaged shingles, soak into your roofing material and cause roof rot. 

Remove Debris From Your Roof

Finally, you need to remove debris off your roof on a seasonal basis. Tree branches should be removed on a seasonal basis, and all the debris that has built up around the roof vents and fixtures needs to be removed as well. Additionally, you need to remove the debris from your gutters at this time as well. When your gutters are full, water can overflow and cause damage to your roof.

In order to prevent roof rot, you need to make sure that your attic is kept at consistent temperatures throughout the year and that your roof is properly ventilated. Additionally, you need to fix any damaged shingles right away, and stay on top of keeping your roof and gutters clean. If you take these steps, you should be able to avoid ever having to deal with roof rot. Contact a company, such as Skerlec Contracting, for more information about proper roofing.