common roof problems
When you are aware of the most common roof problems that Rochester residents encounter you can actually help prevent a lot of scenarios and situations. By knowing what to look for or beware of you can avoid costly repairs brought on by a leak or other damage that has gone undetected for any length of time.
Leaking and Moisture
Moisture can develop under the layers of your roof which can then lead to the development of mold. Eventually this can lead to rotting which will mean complete replacement of the damaged roof area. What causes leaks and moisture? A number of things including ice, snow, rain, hail, wind and even debris.
If you ever stand back and notice puddles of water on your roof, of any size, you have a problem. The causes could be one of a variety including the buildup of debris to gutters and HVAC units draining incorrectly.
Faulty or Poor Roof Installation
When you have a roof that hasn’t been installed correctly, you could be at risk for a wide range of problems. Not to mention it shortens the life expectancy of your ‘new’ roof. It’s important to have a certified roofing professional install your roof so it’s done correctly.
Lack of Roof Maintenance or Neglect
Not all homeowners maintain their roofing systems like they should and many aren’t afraid to tell you so. It’s unfortunate though because if you catch a problem while it’s still minor you can avoid further damage and repair costs. A routine roof inspection can significantly lessen your chance of unexpected roofing problems and save you money in the long run.
Non-Existent or Lacking Ventilation
Ventilation is an important part of any structure and this applies to the roofing system as well. Your attic and roof should have proper ventilation to prevent moisture and heat build-up that can cause damage to your shingles, sheathing, insulation, and rafters. In addition, you’ll likely notice a spike in your energy bill when problems are present on your roof.
Poorly or Incorrectly Installed Flashing
Proper flashing installation for your roof is critical as it seals the locations where your roof has been penetrated (venting, etc.). Should the flashing not be sealed correctly you risk having shingles or tiles come off due to open laps and seams where the flashing isn’t completely sealed.
Roof Penetration and/or Punctures
Mother nature can be harmful to roofs during severe storms and debris, hail and even wind can puncture your roof. The flashing should be inspected regularly to ensure a secure seal is always present. If not, your roof becomes more susceptible to damage caused by punctures and penetrations.
Fallen Trees or Limbs
Limbs that overhang your roof or have fallen onto your roof can cause some damage. We encourage property owners to prevent such damage by ensuring no overhanging limbs are present and having nearby trees trimmed accordingly.
Rodents and Critters
Certain small critters like birds and even insects can also damage your roof. If you notice any sign of birds, rodents, or other critters it’s time to take action immediately.
Blisters, Ridges and More
Your roof might experience blisters, ridges, shrinkage, surface erosion and even splits. Any of these cosmetic problems can lead to larger problems if left unattended. A regular roof inspection can help you ward off any of these warning signs.
Benefits of Choosing Rochester Roofing Service
If your roof is overdue for a thorough inspection and maintenance call Rochester Roofing Service right away at 585-617-0297. Or you can fill out and send us the online form to have one of our roofing specialists contact you.