If roofing materials are improperly installed, this can increase the chances of issues arising over time. So, what are the most common roofing problems? Here is a look at the top ten.
All sorts of inclement weather can cause moisture to build up. These conditions include rain, hail, snow, ice and wind. Any of these conditions can create moisture in between layers of your roofing. Several different things can happen as a result of moisture and leaks. The worst case scenarios include any sort of leaking, mold or rotting.
Hail and wind damage are generally responsible for creating any punctures in the roofing system. After your roof has been completely installed, the sealant and flashing are added around any potential areas that can be penetrated. These areas include vents for appliances, the HVAC, etc. All of these areas should be checked routinely as part of general maintenance.
3. Faulty Flashing
A poorly attached flashing will generally result in open seams and laps in the roofing. This can eventually lead to windstorms that blow tiles off the roof. Whenever the flashing has been improperly installed, your roof will have less protection than it needs. Areas of the roof that are typically penetrated are the skylights, vent pipes, heating/cooling systems and chimneys.
Most homeowners are shocked to learn just how much damage small critters can cause to their roofing. It is recommended to attempt to deter any small insects or birds from coming in contact with your valuable roofing system.
The protective top layer of your roof can easily be damaged by trees simply rubbing up against it. This can cause the shingles to abrade, wearing down the top layer over time. Fallen tree branches can cause even more damage. Try to perform general maintenance with your trees, trimming limbs and branches year-round. Remove any trees that could potentially collapse the roofing.
Installing a ventilation system in the attic will help prolong your roof’s lifespan. The systems helps regulate the moisture that builds up in the attic space. If a system is not in place, damage can be caused to sheathing, rafters, shingles, mold and insulation.
The roofing membrane can be found under the shingles and tiles, and if these start to shrink, cracks can begin to develop in the upper layer. Blistering, ridging and erosion can all cause big issues with the roof.
8. Lack Of Maintenance
The worst possible thing you can do to your roofing is neglect it. Generally, problems will begin by the build up of debris in the gutters. The importance of regularly scheduled maintenance cannot be overstated. Have your roofs inspected to extend the life of the roof and save money in the long run.
9. Missing/Damaged Shingles
Shingles can go missing during times of severe weather. In these situations, shingles can even crack and break. You can hire a professional to repair and/or replace shingles.
10. Drainage Issues
Poor drainage can lead to a number of troubles, including severe water damage. You will need to watch your ceiling for water stains if your home has a flat roof. These will indicate water is pooling on the roof during and after a rainstorm. If the roof is slanted, be sure to keep the gutters clear to prevent against any leaking.
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