Roofing is not a one-time purchase. It’s an investment that needs to be maintained and repaired periodically. If you don’t, your roof will deteriorate and eventually need to be replaced. And if it isn’t properly maintained, you could be liable for water damage done by the leaky roof. But what are some of the most common problems with roofs? Here are five:
1) Leaking Roof
This may be the most common roofing problem, as it can easily cause extensive damage to your house and belongings. Leaks also contribute to the degradation of your roof. It’s important that you fix leaks immediately, regardless if they occur when it rains or not.
To fix a leaking roof:
- Find the source of the leak by conducting a visual inspection. If you spot multiple leaks, take photos of the damage areas and keep track of their locations in relation to each other. Be sure to check for roof penetrations or skylights as well; these are common leak sources.
- Patch the entire damaged area using tar paper and new shingles when necessary
- Fix holes for skylights, vents, and chimneys
2) Loose Shingles
Loose or cracked shingles can cause leaks. They also pose safety risks to anyone on the roof. This is why it’s important that loose shingles get fixed as soon as possible no matter how minor they may seem. Repairing loose shingles prevents water damage, and can save you money in the long run.
To fix loose shingles:
- Use a nail-puller to remove any nails protruding because of cracks · clean off debris from underneath the shingle with a putty knife or paint scraper · tap the first course underlayment with the hammer. If you hear a high-pitched sound, it’s probably a loose shingle.
- If the first course is still loose but now sounds somewhat dull, apply cement shingles and premolded underlayment to prevent further damage.
3) Damaged Gutters or downspouts
It’s essential that gutters and downspouts be in good working condition. They prevent water from collecting on your roof, and direct the water runoff to your lawn or landscape. Without them, you’re susceptible to leaks and erosion of your foundation.
There are many signs that can alert you to problems with your gutters and downspouts. This includes:
- Water stains on the walls, windows or foundation
- Warped wood fascia
- Peeling paint
- Overgrown vegetation
To fix these problems:
You need to repair damaged gutters and downspouts so that they direct the water runoff properly. This will prevent water from pooling on your roof and causing further damage. To repair a damaged gutter or downspout, follow these steps:
- Identify the problem
- Fix any loose accessories, such as splash blocks or drain pipes (if applicable)
- Tighten clamps and secure metal flashing with screws
Worn Roof Shingles
Worn shingles are not only unsightly, they can cause leaks and pose safety risks. Some roof shingles come with a limited lifetime warranty. Others may require that you replace them after seven to ten years because of fading. If your roof shingles are beyond repair, it will be beneficial for you to replace them.
To replace worn roof shingles:
- Look for new shingles that are made from synthetic rubber or polyester which are better quality than asphalt, which can expand and contract with weather changes · choose shingles that will have the same color and appearance as your current ones. If you’re looking to change the look of your roof, you may want to consider getting a new style
- Be sure to clean off the old shingles before taking them down. This will prevent tearing and ripping while removing them · use a hammer and pry bar or putty knife to loosen any nails holding the shingles in place.
- Remove all the loose material. You’ll need a plastic bag to collect the shingles. It’s best not to leave them on your roof or in your yard.
- Have new shingles delivered and installed by a professional If you’re looking for a price estimate for replacing shingles, get one from this site: http://www.ro
Aging shingles are less flexible and therefore much more vulnerable to wind damage. As replacements, you may want to consider synthetic rubber or polyester shingles. These are not only better quality than asphalt, they’re also more resistant to UV damage. If you must keep the same type of material on your roof, replace them every seven to ten years.
- Choose a new color that will have the same look and shade as current shingles.
- Be sure to remove any old or torn shingles and replace them with new ones. If you’re going to leave the same type of material, this is a good time to install better quality shingles
Damage from trees or high winds
This is certainly the most common cause of roof damage. It’s important to make any repairs when you see evidence of this problem. Otherwise, it can lead to leaks and erosion of your foundation.
- Examine the affected area for loose nails or metal flashing.
- Look for breaks in shingles or wood underneath where tree branches have poked through.
- These problems will require a repair specialist who can add flashing and secure nails that have pulled loose.
- It’s also important to examine your roof structure for damage. If the exposed wood is damaged, it needs to be replaced.
Over the course of a roof’s lifespan, there are many problems that can arise. We hope that this blog post has helped you identify at least one problem and find solutions to help solve it.