Your roof performs a critical role in protecting your home. And, with the beating it is exposed to every day, it shouldn’t really come as a surprise if a roofing problem occurs from time to time. The key, however, is to address roofing concerns immediately so that they won’t become worse and potentially affect other parts of your home.
Unfortunately, though, roofs can be easy to forget and neglect due to their location. Since they are mostly out of sight, they don’t easily come to mind when planning home maintenance or checking for damage after a storm.
Here are the 10 of the most common roofing concerns that homeowners encounter – and why you should be concerned about them.
Roof leaks are difficult to ignore when water starts dripping through your ceiling. But when it has already reached this point, it’s usually an indication of serious damage. Oftentimes, leaks begin unnoticed because they occur in the attic or crawlspace, places that are rarely checked by homeowners. That’s why you should subscribe to regular roof inspections. In case a leak has formed in your roof, your roofer can alert you and have it fixed before it causes water damage.
Moisture usually becomes a problem when it is left to accumulate on the roof. In this situation, moisture buildup can lead to mold and mildew growth, which could later on cause rot. The potential damage does not stop here; it can develop into a more serious problem since it can reach into your walls and compromise the structure of your home.
Different seasons can pose a risk of storm-related damage to your roofing. Depending on their severity, hail, rain, snow and heavy winds can cause major roof damage. That is why experts often emphasize the importance of having your roof inspected for possible damage after a storm. Don’t worry, though, because you can file for an insurance claim if your roof has been damaged by a storm. Make sure to do this immediately because the window for filing claims is limited.
Lack of Maintenance
Several roofing issues can be prevented through annual roof inspections. These inspections will enable you to find existing problems in your roof and fix them before they cause bigger damage. Make sure to have your roof and gutters cleaned on a regular basis, too. This will prevent dirt and debris buildup, which can cause moisture to collect or create a heavy load on your roofing. Lastly, it’s important to be prompt in making the necessary repairs. Ignoring roofing issues can result in more extensive damage and possibly bigger expenses. Even if your roof is relatively new, you shouldn’t be lax in caring for it properly.
While it’s great to have your roof fixed right away, make sure that the quality of repair is good and long lasting as well. If your roof has been poorly repaired, you will likely experience the same problem again. So, always check the qualifications of a roofer before hiring a company. The success of your roof repair depends on the person’s skills and expertise.
Whether your project is a new roof construction or roof replacement, make sure that the contractor you are hiring is knowledgeable and skilled in proper roof installation. Much like shoddy repairs, poor or faulty installation can create several problems in the long run. And, with the number of repairs that you’ll need to do because of this, be prepared to see your money quickly go down the drain. To avoid wasting resources like time and money, only hire qualified roofers for the job. Make sure to do your homework in researching your prospective contractors and verifying their information. Don’t hesitate to ask about similar projects that they have done in the past. Make sure that they are insured, too.
Improper Flashing Installation
Flashing is one of the parts that inexperienced roofers often get wrong. And, when flashing is not securely attached, open seams and gaps will likely form, making it easier for your roofing materials to be blown off. Furthermore, improperly installed flashing can also weaken the puncture resistance of your roof.
Sufficient ventilation is a must for every roof system. It is essential for any type of roofing to last and avoid faster deterioration. Ideally, vents should be placed near the top of the roof (particularly at the ridge) as well as at the base of the roof (specifically at the eaves or in the soffits). With this design, warm air can escape through the top, and cool air can enter through the bottom. This will help regulate the temperature and moisture levels in your attic. Remember that heat and moisture can build up and ultimately damage the rafters, shingles, sheathing and insulation.
Make sure that tree branches don’t grow too close or hang over your roof. With high-speed winds, tree limbs can easily fall or damage your roof. That said, you should include tree trimming a part of your roof maintenance. If the tree poses a greater safety hazard, you can also try to have it removed. Always seek the recommendations of professionals before making such a change.
Animals may become attracted to your roof and make their home inside it. Before they burrow further into your roofing and cause damage, consult experts on how you can effectively and permanently evict them. Typically, this will also require addressing some underlying problems that your roof may have. For instance, the reason why critters and insects keep coming to your roof is the presence of excessive moisture or vegetation.
Northeast Gutters and Remodeling is a local company that provides top-notch workmanship and superb customer service, regardless of job size. Whether you are planning a residential or commercial project, you can expect quality results from our team. Our services include roofing, gutters, siding, interior and exterior painting, snow and ice removal, flooring, drywall, concrete and stonework, and more. Call us at (860) 899-7878, or fill out our contact form to request an estimate.