10 Common Issues Plaguing Residential Roofs
When you have a problem with your residential roof, you probably want to fix it yourself. After all, when you can save money, you want to. However, there are some roofing issues that are too risky, too complex, and simply require a certain skill set that you may not have. When this is the case, you should rely on professionals to perform the repairs. Here is a look at 10 common issues that plague residential roofs that you should leave to the professionals rather than trying to handle on your own.
Moisture Buildup and Leaks
A roof is constantly battered by the elements. Regardless of the quality and how well constructed your roof is, it will experience wear and tear over time, especially as a result of its exposure to rain, wind, hail, and snow. Some common signs of roof leaks include discolored ceilings and damp walls.
After a rain, pooling water may not be a big deal—as long as it evaporates. However, water that pools on your residential or commercial roof and remains for longer than 48 hours can wreak havoc on your roof. Some common culprits may be drainage issues with your heating and cooling system, clogged gutters, and debris buildup.
Clogged Gutters and Downspouts
If water is backing up on your roof instead of draining off as it should be, it may be a result of clogged or poorly maintained gutters. When this happens, it can lead to water pooling on your roof (as mentioned above), resulting in rooting eaves.
If there are any tree branches that are hanging over your roof, they may rub on the roof, particularly during wind or rainstorms. Over time, this can result in holes in your roof, not to mention the risk of debris buildup, encouraging the growth of moss and mold. Plus, overhanging trees pose the hazard of branches falling on the roof and causing damage
Improper Installation or Repairs
If your roof was not installed properly, then there is a high risk of you having issues with it. It is important that you only have a professional install y our roof and carry out any repairs that are necessary. This will not only ensure that you save money, but it will also reduce the risk of you requiring repairs.
After a while, shingles may curl, warp, or get ripped off the roof. In addition, as the shingles are exposed to the elements, the shingle’s protective coating will wear off, leaving them fragile and vulnerable.
Hail, heavy winds, and foot traffic can all create punctures in your roof. Single-ply roofs are much more susceptible to punctures since they are thinner, and if they are not repaired quickly, these punctures can result in extensive damage to your roof.
If the membrane of your roof is shrinking, it may be a result of moisture, poor installation, and/or adverse weather conditions. When this happens, the roof pulls away from the flashing and the shingles begin to crack.
It isn’t uncommon at all for various pests and animals to make a home in your roof. Animals and pests like wasps, mice, raccoons, birds, and squirrels are the most commons to come into your home through the roof and create a home. When this happens, this lets you know that there is a hole or gap somewhere, but it also creates an issue with the roof’s structural integrity.
To ensure that your residential roof stays in tip-top shape, it is important that it is regularly inspected and maintained by a professional roofing company. This helps to ensure that roofing issues are caught early on before deterioration occurs and issues become costly.
If you would like to schedule an inspection, contact the professionals at Chadwick Roofing today.