Do you have a roof problem that needs attention? Do you want to be aware of the most common issues with roofs and prevent them before they happen? Taking the right precautions and checking for potential threats can save you lots of heartache…and money. So, before you have to call us for a complete roof replacement, educate yourself on the problems that can arise.
Here are the most common roof problems you should look out for.
As sad as it may seem, poor installation of a roof is one of the most common problems homeowners experience with their roof. When a roof is not installed correctly it can cause other issues with the home like leaks and exposure to the elements. Most importantly, faulty roof installation reduces the life expectancy of a roof, causing your roof to replacing years before it should be necessary.
Depending on where you live, the potential for leaks in your roof is much greater. If you live in a rainy or snowy climate, it is crucial to have a properly installed and durable roof. Wind, rain, snow, and even branches and debris can all lead to unwanted moisture getting under the layers of your roof. The result could be leaks, or much worse: mold and rot.
Another of the most common roof problems has to do with animals. Your home is an inviting space for animals to find protection from the elements. Small animals like mice and racoons can cause a surprising amount of damage to your roof, even accessing your attic through it. The same holds true for birds and insects. Without proper safeguards around your roof, these pests could cause substantial damage to your roof.
If you notice standing water, often referred to as “ponding water”, on your roof, then it’s sure a sign of potential damage. This happens most often after a storm or heavy rain blows through. Buildup of debris or damage to the drains on your roof are some of the leading causes of standing water. You should also check for drainage issues with your HVAC unit that can contribute to this problem. The good news is that this is one of the most easily detected problems and, aside from a more serious issue with your roof, is easy to fix.
One of the most common roof problems is holes caused by storm damage. High winds and hard rain can blow debris onto your roof causes punctures. Also, the sealant or flashing around openings like vents and HVAC should be checked for damage regularly, as these openings can be potential problem areas on roofs.
Overhanging tree limbs hold the potential for extensive roof damage. The most obvious reason is the threat of limbs breaking and falling through the roof or causing punctures. However, another major cause of roof damage is the abrasion that roofs incur from tree limbs over time. They can wear out shingles and result in more extensive damage if not checked. Trim back overhanging limbs s they don’t make contact with your roof.
Damaged or blocked vents can cause major problems to your roof over time. Roof vents are specifically designed to allow cool air in from the base and let warm air escape near the top. This is a natural process as warmer air naturally rises. However, if the vents get closed off, either by debris or damage, then this process does not happen properly, resulting in a lack of air flow and the potential for moisture and heat to accrue.
Quite simply, most roof problems arise because the roof wasn’t properly maintained. Most roof issues begin as small problems that can easily be fixed, but aren’t detected in time. Routine checking of your roof and cleaning off of debris will help you eliminate many potential problems and extend the life of your roof. Inspect your roof once a year at minimum, if not more often.
If you do experience one of these issues and need a professional roofing opinion, call Woodforest Roofing. We will do a free inspection of your roof and tell exactly what you need to do. We can repair any roof damages and replace your roof if necessary. Don’t let little problems turn into big ones. Call us today.