Whether obvious or unexpected, roof problems can be an expensive problem. Even minor issues can result in substantial damage to the interior of your home or office building. Conducting a roof inspection on a regular basis can help prevent you from experiencing these issues and paying for more costly repairs down the road; however, most people forget to do so.
The following are common roof problems that you should look out for and take care of right away:
- Leaks and moisture. Wind, rain, snow, ice, hail, and debris can result in moisture getting under roof layers and causing leaks, molt, and eventually rot.
- Ponding water. Water that remains on your room after a storm or heavy rain can be contributed to debris collection or inadequate drainage.
- Poor installation. Faulty installation can drastically increase the possibility of issues and reduces the lifespan of your roofing system. This also includes improperly installed flashing, which is what seals the areas where your roof has been penetrated by pipes, chimneys, or HVAC systems.
- Critter control. Birds, insects, and other small animals have the capacity to cause a considerable amount of damage, especially when they make your roof their home.
- Trees. Overhanging tree limbs can rub on a roof, scraping the surface of the shingles and deteriorating the protective top layer.
- Penetrations and punctures. Damage from wind and hail can create punctures in the roof.
- Ventilation. A poorly ventilated attic can contribute to a decrease in the roof’s life expectancy.
- Blistering and shrinkage. Shrinkage occurs when the membrane of the roof shrinks in size, causing cracks in the upper layer. Blistering of the shingles can result in larger issues if left unrepaired.