The Top 10 Most Common Roof Problems and Why It’s So Important to Keep Your Roof Maintained Over Time…
The average homeowners give little thought to their roof until there’s an issue, but maintaining the health of the roof can save you thousands of dollars. Waiting until there’s a problem means costly emergency service and possible damage to the home’s interior. Knowing the damage early and making adequate repairs is always a wise decision. Here are a few problems to to be concerned about…
There is nothing more exasperating and costly than realizing that your roof has been poorly built, repaired or replaced because of faulty and poor workmanship. It needs to be installed up to standards and by a professional.
Many reasons cause roof to leak such as a lack of maintenance, improper roof installation, and wind or storm damage. Rain, snow, hail, and wind are the biggest problems and lead to moisture inside the roof. So make sure to check for rot and mold.
Animals like squirrels, rats, birds, and raccoons often seek out attics or gaps and crevices in a roof to build their nests and escape the elements. If this happens, you will want to take care of it as soon as possible.
Roof flashing is a thin material, usually galvanized steel, that professional roofers use to direct water away from critical areas of the roof. When flashing is not installed properly, it leads to open seams and tiles get get blown off your roof.
Trim your limbs back as far as possible. If the limbs rub the surface they wear away the top layer of your shingles.
Your energy bills are effected by ventilation problems. Ventilation regulates the temperature and moisture in your attic. If too much moisture builds up in the attic it can cause mold. If your roof gets too hot, it can bake shingles enough to cause them to wear out earlier than they should.
Shrinkage or Blistering
Shrinkage is caused when the roof membrane (the stuff under the tiles or shingles) shrinks, most often causing cracks in the upper layer. Blistering, ridging, splitting, and surface erosion of shingles can eventually lead to bigger problems. Watch for surface erosion.
A roof is one of the least thought of components of a home but one of the most important. It protects your investment, adds value to your property, and saves money on heating and cooling costs. If you’re not maintaining it, you’re doing yourself—and your wallet—a disservice.
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