26 Jun 2017
Common Roofing Problems

If you’re searching for common roofing problems you’ve probably found a leak or your roof has been damaged. Keeping an eye on your roofing for the top ten roof problems, could be significant to saving yourself a good chunk of cash that you would have to put out for your roof to be completely replaced.

Top 10 Most Common Roofing Problems:

1.  Common Roof Problems

If the roofing materials are incorrectly installed it will increase the chance for problems later on, not to mention reduce the life expectancy of your roof. A professional roof installer can check your roof out and let you know whether or not it has been installed correctly or not. General contractors can also help repair the most common roof problems.

 2. Leaks and Moisture

All things that are weather blown, such as rain, hail, ice, snow, wind, and of course, debris, and many other things… Can all create moisture in between the layers of your roofing, causing several different bad things to happen. The things that would be the worse are leaks, mold, and rotting.

3. Improperly Installed Flashing

The areas of your roof that has been penetrated, such as the sky lights, vent pipes, heating system, cooling system, and chimneys (referred to as the flashing). A poorly attached flashing will usually end up causing the roofing to have open seams and laps that will eventually allowing the wind to blow the tiles off. If the flashing has been installed incorrectly, the roof will have less protection, leaving it with reduced puncture resistance.

4. Critters

You would be surprised if you knew just how much damage small animals are able to make to your roof, like insects and birds, and many others. It would be best to deter all small animals, before things get worse.

5. Ponding Water

If you notice water that ponds, and is staying on your roof, you can take it as a sure sign that you have a problem. Having a build-up of debris is one common cause, and another reason could be that the water is unable to drain properly due to improper cleaning of the HVAC units and/or gutters.

6. Punctures and Penetrations

Punctures in the roof material can be caused by hail, and wind damage. After the completion of the roofing, the sealant and flashing is added around the penetration areas, such as vents for appliances, the HVAC, and anything else built-in to the roof. All these things need to be checked on a regular basis.

7. Trees

The protective top layer of the roofing can be damaged by the limbs of a tree rubbing on the roof, causing the surface of roof shingles to abrade, which wears off the protective top layer. Tree branches can cause even worse problems to a roof should they fall. It is always a good idea to keep tree limbs and branches trimmed so that they are not at a distance to create such problems if they were to fall, and should a tree be close enough to a house that this cannot be prevented, remove it.

There are a few roofers who will install walk areas onto the roof as it is being laid, this is done by laying a double amount of the roofing materials down and it will allow access without worrying about the damage walking on the roof can cause when access is needed to things such as the HVAC, and etc.

8. Ventilation

An important part of laying a roof is putting in a ventilation system in the attic, making the roof last longer. The way that it helps in making the roof last longer is because it helps in regulating the moisture that builds up in the attic space, which can cause damage to the sheathing, insulation, rafters, shingles, mold & mildew, and of course, the cost of energy. In order to create a ventilation in the attic space vents are installed at the time the roof is being laid. These vents can be placed in several different areas, such as the base part of the roof (near the gutters, eaves, or soffits), and somewhere near the top of the roof (at the ridge). This lets the warm air get out and the cooler air come in, it is a natural process once the vents are in place.

9. Shrinkage and Blistering

The roof membrane is located under the tiles and shingles, and if these begin to shrinks, and this will usually create cracks and/or crazing to the upper layer. However, ridging, blistering, surface erosion, and splitting of shingles may eventually create much bigger issues in your roof.

10. Improper or Lack of Maintenance

The worst the you can do for your roof is to ignore the regular maintenance of it. The problems will usually begin by not keeping the gutters cleaned out on a regular basis, and keeping your roof clear of debris such as tree limbs and branches, which could fall onto the roof. If these things are not being properly taking care of your roof could be in for some more serious damage, and costlier. So you should keep in mind, the importance of regular inspections, and the regular maintenance of your roof, as these things can extend the life of your roof and save you a bundle of money.

Roof Repair by Right Way Roofing, Inc. 

Your roof is what keeps your home dry during rainstorms and protects the interior of your home from leaks, mold, and mildew.  If you have a roof that hasn’t been taken care of by previous owners or has been damaged talk to the roofing repair experts at Right Way Roofing, Inc.  Our roof repair team finds the damage fast, identifies the source of leaks, and provides affordable repairs.  The repairs and replacement roofing we offer is the highest quality and longest lasting roofing solutions available. For more information please use our contact form or give us a call today.

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