The Eight Most Common Roofing Problems
Roof repairs are costly and time-consuming and can be a homeowner’s worst nightmare. If you’re able to catch minor damage before it becomes a major problem, you can save yourself the huge investment that comes with a whole roof replacement. Check out the eight most common roofing problems.
- Animals – raccoons, squirrels, mice, birds, and bugs can cause serious roof issues. While they might find your roof to be an inviting place to build their nests, animal infestations can be a sign of other roof problems (like holes or gaps).
- Ponding Water – any water that sits on your roof for more than 48 hours is a sure sign of a problem. Buildings with flat roofs tend to have this happen more often, as they aren’t slanted for proper drainage. Water can place strain on your roof and will eventually cause structural damage or leaks. Though quick fixes exist, they don’t always work. Instead, investigate exactly why water is ponding on your roof. Fixing the root of the problem can prevent it from happening again. Sometimes it’s caused by the flashing or an HVAC unit with a clogged drain, or one that doesn’t have condensate drain lines.
- Moisture – even the strongest roof can’t always stand up to harsh weather. Wind, rain, snow, ice, and hail all can start to warp your roof over the years, which means there’s a better chance of moisture getting into your roof. Watch for leaks or the smell of mildew, and patch any gaps or holes as soon as possible.
- Blistered shingles – blisters look like small holes in your shingles. Blistering tends to be more common in areas with extremely hot temperatures which may cause them to pop open. If caught early, blistered shingles can be replaced before it becomes huge problem.
- Poorly-installed or damaged flashing – flashing is put on your roof to seal areas around vent pipes, chimneys, skylights, and HVAC systems. If the flashing isn’t installed properly or is damaged, it can come lose and lead to leaks.
- Wind damage – high winds can detach parts of your roof. Usually, one area of your roof is particularly exposed to wind. If your roofing isn’t secured around the perimeter, the uplifting pressure of the wind can start to tear the edge of your roof free.
- Improper installation or repairs – don’t attempt roof repairs on your own, no matter how much money it may save you. And when you hire a contractor, ask them for a report and photos of your roof before and after, so you have records of the work done. Ask your roofer what certifications they hold, and read reviews online.
- Poor maintenance – don’t skimp on regular roof maintenance. If you have your roof inspected often, it’ll be easy to catch problems early. Preventative measures can take care of leaks, flashing issues, and damaged shingles, and can fix these problems for much less than the cost of a full roof repair.
Your roof may be the most important part of your house. It prevents damage and protects the rest of your home. If you’re facing any roofing problems, it’s important to hire a certified professional to take care of them. If you’re looking for a professional roofer in Southern Minnesota to inspect, repair or install your new roof, contact us for more information.