If you own a residential home or apartment building, there’s a good chance that you’ve encountered some type of roofing problem over the course of your ownership. From major structural damage to small leaks, roofs can be subjected to a number of common ailments. When a breach occurs, it’s important to investigate the source of the leak right away.
For the average homeowner, repairing a roof and finding the source of the leak can be a challenge unless the source is an obvious one. Although small leaks may seem mundane when they occur, they can grow and create a laundry list of problems if neglected. Being able to pinpoint the source, make the proper repairs, and guarantee your home is weathertight, usually requires the services of a professional roofer.
10 Common Roofing Problems
1. Roof Leaks
The biggest problem facing homeowners is roof leaks, and they can be like trying to find a needle in a haystack. From curled and cracked shingles to broken pieces of flashing and deteriorating sealants, there are just as many causes of leaks as there are roofs. The areas on the roof that are most prone to water leaks include:
- In low spots or valleys
- Close to vents and pipes
- At skylights
- Around gutters
- At flashing points
- Near the chimney
- Under damaged shingles
If you see any signs of a roof leak? It’s vital to have it repaired as soon as possible to prevent structural and interior damage.
2. Pooled Water
When you have pooled water on your roof, it can create a variety of problems. What may appear to be just a water stain on the ceiling, could actually have bigger underlying issues than you can see. Wet insulation and mold are quite common in areas of the attic directly under a spot on the roof that has pooled water.
Shrinkage generally occurs on flat or low sloping roofs installed with synthetic rubber membranes (EPDM). When this material shrinks, it can create problems such as cracking, deterioration, and the separation of flashing. For any signs of shrinkage on your roof, it’s imperative to have it repaired immediately.
4. Punctures & Holes
Everything from local wildlife to foot traffic can leave gouges, punctures, and even holes in your roof. Whether it’s a family of squirrels trying to harvest materials from your roof for their nest or roofers walking on the shingles, the problems can get progressively worse if you don’t repair punctures and holes when you notice them.
5. Cracking & Blistering
As years turn into decades, roofs are susceptible to cracking and blistering, especially roofs with asphalt shingles. Asphalt shingles are also known to curl in addition to cracking and blistering. This can be attributed to long exposure to the elements, storm damage or improper installation.
6. Snow & Ice Damage
Snow and ice damage can take the best roofing materials money can buy and wreak havoc on them. It can also lift shingles and metal flashing enough to allow for a bigger gap for water to enter as the snow and ice melts. Snow and ice can cause damage to the roofing materials, underlayment, plywood sheathing, flashing, framing members, fascia boards, insulation, and gutter systems as well as interior components and your personal effects.
7. Clogged Gutters
Having clogged, broken or defective gutters is worse than not having any gutters on your house at all. Clogged gutters can back up with water, allowing water to seep in through the eves, which eventually leads to excessive moisture, mold, and rot. Installing leaf guards on your gutters is a great way to stop gutters from becoming clogged with debris, twigs, and leaves. This ensures proper drainage and no problems with backed-up debris.
8. Tree Damage
There’s no question if a tree falls over or crashes into your roof, you’re going to have more problems than just replacing a few damaged shingles. On the other hand, if you have trees with limbs long enough to scrape your roof during violent wind storms, you should take the time to delimb the branches causing the damage. Tree branches can actually scratch away the surface material that’s protecting your home. Additionally, old and weak trees that are in close proximity to the house should be cut down to prevent any damages.
9. Poor Roof Maintenance
Poor roof maintenance can lead to a host of expensive problems. Most roof problems can be addressed rather quickly and inexpensively; however, a neglected roof can cost the average homeowner thousands of dollars in unexpected but necessary repairs. The best solution is to hire a roofing contractor for routine maintenance to catch these minor problems before they turn into big ones.
10. Improper Installations
Regardless of the roofing material, if it’s not properly installed? You will have a number of problems within a short time period. Improper installation of your roofing materials is a surefire bet to void any chance of getting a manufacturer’s warranty on their products. It’s always best to use an experienced roofer to ensure the proper installation of your roofing materials to protect your home and investment.
Starting a Roofing Project
Before you start any roofing project, it’s always a good idea to get some free advice and estimates from your local roofing contractors. A well-maintained roof can last for decades with little to no problems while an energy-efficient roof can save hundreds of dollars in energy bills.
If you’re ready to start a roofing project, have your roof repaired, enroll in routine roof maintenance or get free advice and estimates by experts in the field, simply enter your information into the provided contact form below.