16 Most Common Roof Problems

16 Most Common Roof Problems

We take a roof that works well for granted. Our roofs protect us from the weather, keep pests out, and provide us with a comfortable space to live. Sadly, the roof is also one of our homes’ most vulnerable areas to damage. You’ve probably had to deal with roof problems at least once in your lifetime if you are a homeowner.

Although you can fix some roofing issues yourself, it’s best to leave the majority to a professional roofer to avoid damage that will last, incorrect repairs and unsafe conditions. Here are 16 common roofing issues that will help you determine when to call a roofing professional.

1. Roof Leaks

Leaking roofs are one of the common problems homeowners encounter. The problem can be caused by a variety of factors, but it is frustrating. Roof leaks that are not repaired can lead to expensive damage and structural issues if they’re left unattended. Water damage can occur for a variety of reasons. It is important to keep a regular eye on your roof. Water damage and leaks are usually visible near the chimney, around flashings, near skylights, valleys or vents. Roof leaks can be caused by cracked flashing, damaged shingles or structural damage to slate or tiles. Call a professional to conduct a thorough inspection if you see any signs of roof leakage.

2. Standing Water

Standing water or pooled waters is one of many roof problems that can be caused by water. It can occur when your roof sinks in certain areas, but it is more common on flat roofing. To avoid major problems, it’s vital that water drains away. Standing water can cause problems such as mold, mildew and algae. Water can cause structural damage to your home over time.

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3. Damaged Shingles

Damaged shingles are the most common roofing problems that homeowners face. They can be caused by heavy storms, debris or sun exposure. Damaged shingles may not seem urgent, but they can expose your roof to further damage. If you let damaged shingles remain unrepaired, it’s more likely that they will cause deeper problems.

4. Correct Roof Flashing

The flashing can be made from weatherproof steel, aluminum or plastic. Flashing is used to seal awkward areas on your roof, like chimneys and skylights.

When flashing material cracks or breaks, it leaves connections vulnerable to moisture and water. If you do not secure and attach the flashing properly, then there may be problems. Roof repair professionals should replace or repair damaged flashing immediately.

5. Damaged Flashing

Flashing is used to seal and protect those awkward or protruding areas of your roof from leaks or water damage. The flashing is installed around the chimney, skylights, vent pipes, heating and cooling system, or any other roof-mounted items. If it’s not properly installed and secured, you will have roof problems right from the beginning. If your flashing is damaged, it can open the seams on your roof or any protruding structures. This can lead to a variety of problems. Call a professional, like those at Priority Roofing, if you see any damaged flashing.

6. Shrinkage

All roofing materials can shrink, but it happens more often on roofs with roof coverings like synthetic rubber membranes. This occurs because of the added pressure caused by materials pulling and shrinking in all directions. Roof shrinkage is often indicated by cracks or tears on flashings or shingles. Professional installation, regular inspections and maintenance can prevent roof shrinkage.

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7. Clogged Gutters

Clogged gutters can cause costly damage to your roof over time. The longer your gutters are clogged, and the more water backs up into your roof system and house. More water seeping in means more leaks and rot, which can lead to structural damage. Cleaning your gutters is an important maintenance task. Install screens in your gutters to minimize the amount of debris.

8. Storm Damage

It’s vital to hire a roof inspector if you have experienced a storm. Storm damage can cause unseen issues and should be addressed as soon as possible in order to avoid expensive repairs or uncomfortable living conditions.

9. Trees and Shrubbery

Overhanging shrubbery or trees can cause your roof to slowly degrade and eventually lead to problems with the shingles or flashing. This is fortunately preventable. To avoid roof abrasion, trim large trees and shrubs so they don’t touch your roof.

10. Ventilation Problems

The roof is a vital part of the ventilation system in your home. Poor ventilation can cause problems both inside and outside your home. Poor ventilation can cause moisture to build up in your attic, which will raise the temperature inside your home. This can cause damage to sheathing and shingles, as well as insulation issues, structural damage to the rafters and higher energy costs. It can cause ice dams in the winter which can be a structural and safety issue. If you have a roof inspection, you can find out if your roof ventilation meets standards. However, if there are any issues you should call.

11. Snow and Ice Damage

Poor ventilation in winter can cause ice dams. Snow accumulates when it goes through the cycle of freezing and thawing. When temperatures fall, water will end up underneath your shingles. This will eventually cause your flashing and shingles to rise, exposing the roof beneath. This cycle gets stronger the more exposed it is. It can eventually lead to an ice sheath and icicles over a foot in length. Although it may look pretty, this is dangerous and can cause structural damage.

12. Pest Problems

Pests can be a nuisance to homeowners. However, when they damage your roof, it could lead to dangerous situations. Nests are created by pests inside chimneys. When you use your chimney again, the nests will create obstructions, making it very difficult, if possible, for dangerous by-products to escape your home. Smoke and carbon monoxide will fill the house and be deadly if exposed to too much.

13. Bald Patches

The granules that are usually found on asphalt shingles can make your roof vulnerable in any weather. They were designed to protect your roof from heat. Over time they thin so much that they create bald patches. These bald patches are caused by shingles losing their effectiveness when the granules fall off. These bald patches not only look bad, but they expose your roof to the elements.

It is not always simple to identify roof problems such as bald patches. Routine roof maintenance is a great way to detect roof problems before they grow into bigger issues or need replacement.

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14. Lack of maintenance

Roofs need to be maintained. It can cause small problems to grow into larger, more expensive ones if you don’t maintain it. Many people are unaware of the importance of proper roof maintenance. Roof inspections are the best way to make sure your roof gets the attention it deserves. Schedule at least one roof inspection per year in order to maintain your home properly. You’ll need more inspections if you live in a region that is prone to strong storms. Speak to a local roofing contractor to find out how to maintain your roof.

15. Incorrect Repairs

Always use a roofing professional who is certified and trusted if you need to repair your roof. Incorrect repairs can lead to more costly situations, and unsafe environments for your family. Use a professional roofing company like Priority Roofing if you need roofing repairs.

16. Poor Installation

Poor or improper installation is the final cause of many common roofing problems. Inexperienced or untrained workers will cause a variety of problems. You might be able to save a few bucks upfront, but you could end up spending more money in the long run. Spending a few dollars more to ensure your roof is installed correctly the first time can be worth it.

It is best to hire professionals who have years of experience to install your roof. You should also perform regular maintenance to ensure that any issues are resolved quickly. Contact us if you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment. Our professionals are equipped with the knowledge and experience to address common roofing issues. They can keep your roof in top condition for many years. Priority Roofing believes there is a perfect blend between a personable, hands-on approach, quality work and speed. From the initial quote to the final nail, we take the time to fully understand your needs.