The Roof's Top Problem Areas

The Roof’s Top Problem Areas

Every roof system can suffer a multitude of issues that can be easily prevented if cared for. A regular inspection should be at the top of the house maintenance priority list of every homeowner.  This is the key to spotting any issue that your roof has before it becomes too severe, sparing you from any costly damage.

As long as you have an idea on what to look for when doing a roof inspection, you can perform regular visual checks from the ground on your own. However, don’t hesitate to call a professional as they would be able to do a more thorough inspection of your roofing system.

Whether you or a roofer does it, it’s essential to know the top problem areas on your roof so you’d know what to focus on. Here are the roof areas that you should regularly be checking.

Shingles

The shingles are the most common problem area of a roof. Shingle roof systems offer excellent protection but are prone to their issues such as discoloration and curling. These damages are often caused by constant exposure to harsh weather elements such as storms, heat, cold, and wind and inadequate ventilation.

Curling or buckling of shingles is some of the problems on shingles. As the name suggests, curling shingles have curled up at the corners and lifted itself away from the roof, while a buckling one is physically distorted and buckles in the center. This doesn’t just look unsightly, but it also creates gaps that provide easy access for leaks.

Additionally, your roof can also have some missing or broken shingles which can leave underlying wood susceptible to rot, holes, and other damage. The discoloration of shingles is also an indication of a roof leak and small spots that can expand into a gaping hole in your ceiling.

Gutters

The gutters are a vital component of your roofing system. It plays a role in keeping your dry by keeping water away from the foundation of the building foundation and protect the structure damage-free.

Unfortunately, gutters and downspouts can easily get clogged with debris that they become useless. The collected leaves, twigs, and standing water can back into your roof and seep through the shingles and pool around the foundation. Eventually, the weight of the collected debris and water can cause them to sag and pull away from the fascia.

As long as you clean your gutters at least twice a year to keep them doing their job correctly, prevent clogging and any related damage. You can also invest in a gutter protection system for a clog-free system throughout the seasons.

Flashing

There are parts of the roof that are particularly prone to leaks and water damage such as chimneys, valleys, drains, skylights or elevated vents. Flashing seals these vulnerable areas to protect them from water infiltration.

An adequate flashing would direct water away from the vulnerable areas of the roof and into the gutters. The lack of flashing would almost certainly develop leaks in sensitive areas.

As flashing is vital to the health of your roof, it’s crucial to make sure your roof’s flashing is kept in good condition, which means looking out for the source of deterioration.

Weather and oxidation are the usual culprits for the weakening of flashing, but they can also just come loose. It’s essential to check the flashing for cracks and rust spots since these areas are where water often pools on your roof. Take note of the sealant is shrinking around its edges.

Fascia

Fascia is the architectural term for the roof trim or the front board along your roofline. Typically made from wooden boards or sheet metal, the fascia is directly placed to the lower ends of the roof trusses to support the lower edge of the bottom row of tiles.

However, the primary purpose of fascia is to act as a layer to block out water from the roof tiling, rain guttering and water pipes that are attached to the exterior of the roof that can take the water in the structure.

Additionally, they protect the exterior of your house by barring against pests like bats, birds, and squirrels. Fascia also plays a massive role in creating a pleasing aesthetic in the home by providing a smooth and even look for the edge of the roof rather than leaving the exposed rafters on view.

One of the causes of problems with fascia is moisture, so be sure to look for signs of rot or damage that it caused.

Soffit

The soffit is the surface exposed below the overhanging section of a roof eave or the finished surface beneath the fascia and rafters.

Soffit plays a vital role in regulating the temperature in your attic and through the rest of your home to make it more comfortable to live in. Its small holes provide air circulation so it can cycle to the vents and draw heat and moisture away from your house. The ventilation would prevent rot in the sheathing and rafters.

Be on the lookout for any cracks, holes, and decay to avoid an accessible entrance for water or insects and small animals.

Universal Contracting FL handles all types of roofing projects, from start to finish. Our team of professionals in Florida is equipped with the necessary experience and skills to ensure that every shingle to your roof will provide top performance and maximum protection. Visit our website or call us at (866) 579-8930 to learn more.

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