You’ve heard it time and time again – your home’s roof is one of the most important features of your home. The roof is designed to keep water out and away from the home’s foundation, protect the inside from all outside elements, and keep you and your family safe. These 5 most common roof problems can be easily repaired on your own or by a roofing expert.
Backed Up Gutters
Your home’s gutter does a lot of heavy lifting. In order to keep your home’s foundation technically sound and healthy, water needs to be diverted. Gutters work to provide a place for water to flow away from your home and off of the roof. Without properly working gutters, your roof can be subject to mold and mildew growth and even larger structural issues.
The most common rain gutter issues are easily repairable and preventable. When a gutter gets clogged with debris, the gutter becomes useless. The weight of excess debris, leaves, sticks, or water, can cause the gutter to become loose from the facia. Once a gutter is clogged and the hangers are sagging, the gutters can no longer divert water off of the roof and away from the house.
Shingles are the first line of defense for your roof’s system against the weather elements. Missing, loose, or cracked shingles can result in structural damage. The wood underneath the shingles is prone to rotting, mold and mildew growth, and even holes. If your roof is missing shingles, rain has an easy access point to your home, which leads to roof leaks.
Flashing is one of the most important components of the roof. This water-resistant material is either manufactured from galvanized steel, aluminum or plastic. Flashing is used to seal off the roof edges, perimeters, walls, drains, and valleys. Its main job is to prevent water from entering any areas in the roof.
Weather is your roof’s worst enemy, and this includes the flashing. If not inspected regularly, the flashing can become loose or deteriorated. To replace flashing, professional roofing contractors tend to cut the material on their own, but if you’re handy, it is available pre-formed and ready for installation.
Roof ventilation is a fundamental part of making a roof last as long as possible. Proper roof and attic ventilation keeps the moisture levels at bay and maintains a cool temperature. Heat and moisture will increase your energy bill, cause mold and mildew growth, and can even lead to loose shingles, insulation, and sheathing.
Lack of Maintenance
We can’t stress this enough. Monthly roof maintenance is key to preventing major roof problems, therefore, preventing costly repairs and replacement. Keeping a monthly checklist and being consistent is the most effective way to make your roof last. Here are some monthly tasks you can perform to maintain your roof’s integrity:
- Inspect your roof from the ground, binoculars are helpful.
- Clean out the gutters
- Inspect the attic’s ventilation
- Clean and seal your roof if necessary
Your home’s roof is a big investment. Now that you’re aware of the 5 most common roof problems, be vigilant in preventing them. If you come across any of these roofing issues, drop us a line for a free estimate. The Aastro Roofing family has your back.