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Common Roof Problems

Posted last July 29, 2013, 3:20 am in Services report article

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Ever wonder if your home is safe? Surprisingly, your roof has much more to do with your house's protection than you might think. Even though your roof is out of sight and out of mind, it is important to remember that it protects your most precious belongings: your family. In addition to your family's health, roof maintenance is extremely important because the roof is the most costly part of a house to get replaced. Roof damage can be prevented by roof maintenance.If you suspect that you have missing shingles, leaks or mold damage, contact a professional roofer to help fix the problem before it gets worse.


Flashing failure :

Flashing problems can happen to any kind of roof and are often the most vulnerable part of a roofing system. Flashings are usually used when two angles of the roof meet, roof penetrations, or when there are valleys. The cause for flashing to fail can be from poor installation or corrosion.

Overflowing gutters :

One major system of the roof is its drainage. If the gutters are blocked by debris, the water will back up and may damage the fascia or the building. Cleaning the gutter and your downspout is a maintenance task that should be added to every house owners spring and fall agenda to avoid water damage.

Sagging :

When re-roofing is not done properly, often new shingles are added on top of the existing layers of shingles. The extra weight of the roofing material increases the dead load for the house structure to carry. If the structure is not designed to carry this extra weight, it can cause deflection on the roof.

Pooling water :

This usually happens on flat roofs or low sloped roofs. Pooling water can indicate improper roofing slope or poor drainage. Ponds of water can cause more damage if roof seams are not sealed tight or flashing is not properly installed.

Moss/Tree/Vegetation debris :

Moss or any vegetation takes moisture to grow. Having moss on the roof means holding moisture against the roofing material and can accelerate the deterioration of the roof. Roof cover by tree branches can also prevent roof from drying, and contribute to moss growing. Debris from trees can block proper water drainage from the roof.

Fasteners failure :

Nails are often used as fasteners on roof. However, whenever there is a nail opening, there is a possibly for water penetration. If these nails are not sealed properly or are rusted, dripping can begin in the attic.

Worn-out :

Roofs are normally worn out due to the age of the roof or lack of maintenance. The latter usually speeds up the wear and tear and shortens the life expectancy of the roof. When roofs are completely worn-out they can no longer perform their function and are prone to leakage. The bottom line is to do a rou tine inspection and regular maintenance to ensure the roof lasts to its designed age.

Physical damage :

Some roofing materials like concrete tile and clay are brittle and can be damaged by fallen objects, foot traffic, weathering and freeze/thaw damage. Sometimes you will find missing tiles as a result.

It is important to address the roof problems at the earliest detection through routine inspections to minimize the problems and maximize the roof age. If in doubt, always call a qualified professional home inspector from A Buyer's Choice Home Inspections.

In this article , Davis miller owner of a well established roofing company explains about common roof problems. Through this, article he is sharing his experience and knowledge about roofer rochester services as well as roof replacement rochester.

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