Your roof stands sentry over your home both night and day, taking a beating from sun, wind, and weather. Over time, it’s natural that your roof becomes susceptible to certain problems, especially in known “trouble spots” such as dips, valleys, and overhangs. Regular maintenance and roofing inspections can help you spot trouble early and stay on top of natural wear and tear to prolong the lifetime of your roof and prevent troublesome leaks and other issues that could affect your roof, your attic, and your home.
Leaks are one of the most common roofing problems, but may arise from a variety of different causes. In many cases, leaks form because shingles or tiles have suffered damage or fallen off, leaving a portion of your roof exposed to water. Leaks can also form when standing water collects on flat or shallowly-pitched areas of your roof, causing deterioration that leads to destruction of your roofing materials. Thus, the areas of your roof that are most prone to leaking are those that receive the most sun and wind, as well as the flat areas and joints where water is more likely to accumulate and have difficulty running off into your gutter system.
Missing Shingles or Flashing
Over time, the materials that affix shingles, tiles, and flashing to your roof can deteriorate or sustain damage. This leads to missing shingles or flashing that leaves your roof vulnerable to wind, weather, and even pests looking for a way into your home. Flashing is found primarily in areas where your roof meets a vertical plane of your home, such as walls formed by second stories and chimneys. Damaged or missing flashing in these areas often leads to leaks, as water runs down the vertical surfaces and directly beneath your roof. Missing shingles can occur anywhere on your roof, but are more likely to occur on the windward side of your home or on the side that receives the most sunlight, as UV radiation can break down some roofing materials over time.
Fascia or Soffit Damage
The soffits and fascias are the portions of your roof located at the very edge of the roof; a soffit covers the underside of your roof’s overhangs, while the fascias are the protective pieces that run behind your gutter. Damage to the soffits is often due to animals, insects, or weather, as the areas under your roof’s overhangs are popular spaces for nesting. Fascia damage is most often due to clogged and poorly-maintained gutters, which will begin to pull away from your home under the weight of water and debris, taking your fascias with them. Excessive moisture can also cause wooden fascias or soffits to rot, so check any damp areas during gutter maintenance and contact a roofer for repairs if you notice holes or crumbling wood.
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