Would you describe the roofing on your home as ramshackle or dilapidated? Even if your roof doesn’t look as bad as a haunted house’s, it could still need to be repaired or replaced. Neglect is not the only reason a roof will need attention from a professional roofing contractor. Sometimes, you end up with a leak from a terrible storm or notice that something isn’t laying correctly.
When you know the common reasons for roof repair, though, you’ll be able to tackle those problems more quickly and gain more peace of mind.
1. Improperly Installed Flashing
Flashing is an often underestimated piece of roofing, but it’s rather vital. You see, flashing—sometimes called drip edges—is installed around skylights, chimneys, and windows to stop water from getting under shingles and tiles. However, they need to be properly installed to function. Otherwise, you’ll have water damage in no time. Make sure your flashing is secure, or you might end up needing your entire roof repaired.
2. Gutter Problems
The risk of water damage is greatly reduced when your gutters—or eavestroughs—are cleaned and maintained. But many homeowners tend to forget about the gutters until there is an overflow. It is best to routinely clean the gutters, removing any debris that builds up throughout the year, to stop overflows and water damage from occurring. After all, you don’t want the gutters bending, breaking, or ripping away from the roof.
There doesn’t have to be a large hole in the roof for a leak to begin. No, most of the time the most insidious of leaks begin with a curled shingle or a crack. Then, the water leaks in over months or years, gradually worsening the damages within your home. About the time you notice the water damage, it could cost thousands of dollars to repair.
Case in point: Make sure you are getting your roof inspected and repaired to stop leaks from happening.
4. Ponding Water
Largely a flat roof problem, ponding water occurs when water collects on the roof and does not evaporate. This is often caused by poor drainage, but sun damage can also be responsible. Call in a professional roofer to diagnose the problem so you don’t need a whole roof replacement.
5. Shingle or Tile Repair or Replacement
How long has your current shingles or tiles been on your roof? A good 20 years, would you say? That means it’s probably time to consider getting that roof replaced. When you begin seeing signs of damage, you are going to need to call a roofer soon. Here are some signs that your roof needs repair:
- Splitting shingles or cracked tiles
- Shingles with granules missing
- Blistering caused by excessive heat, poor ventilation from the attic, or sun exposure
- Shrinkage from normal aging
- Curling or lifting shingles
- Broken shingles in the valleys of the roof
Does any of this sound familiar? If so, you are going to need to get repairs as soon as possible, because these shingle or tile issues could develop into something much more severe.
Don’t want to deal with roof repair? Make sure you are getting your roof inspected and maintained throughout the year. That is the best way to prevent the problems listed in this article from happening.