5 Most Common Roof Issues
Do you have a roofing problem? Sometimes roofing problems are obvious, like when a gutter gets crushed by a ladder or shingles are blown off the roof during a storm. Other times, a closer look is required to identify an issue that deserves attention. Some problems are easy to detect, while others require an expert eye.
The good news is that all the problems explained below can be detected and corrected when you work with an experienced, full-service roofing contractor like Far West Roofing.
Missing Roof Shingles
One way that high winds damage roofing materials is by blowing the finished roofing entirely off the roof. Blow-off damage typically occurs in a section of the roof or on an entire side of the roof that was exposed to the highest winds. Roofing felt and roof sheathing can also be blown away by severe winds. If your home is in an area where it is common to see high winds make to get a good shingle with a high wind rating and it is advisable to use a good architectural shingle rather than a 3-tab shingle as these are very low rated for high winds.
Damaged or Missing Roof Flashing
Flashing is necessary for protecting areas of your roof that shingle cant cover such as vertical areas along exterior walls, edges, chimneys and plumbing pipes. Aging damaged, missing or improperly sealed roof flashing is one of the most common causes of roof leaks. Many times over the years we have seen old flashing on new roofs because the roofing contractor that installed the roof have cut corners to save time and money and left the old flashing on the roof this is never a good idea. Another thing that causes damage to pipe flashing is improperly vented roof the excess heat will cause the plastic and rubber elements to age prematurely.
Poor Roof Ventilation
The most common roofing system is the asphalt shingle not only is it the most affordable option it comes in a wide variety of attractive styles that look great. Asphalt roofing systems are susceptible to heat damage unfortunately so if you choose this option it is essential to have your roof properly ventilated to avoid premature aging. Poor attic ventilation can lead to other issues besides premature aging of roofing components like asphalt shingles and pipe flashing such ice damming in winter not to mention high heating and cooling costs. Excessive moisture build up in attic will lead to rot damage your roof decking and rafters, your insulation and ceiling tiles as well. Last but not least is mold this is a very serious issue because it effects the the health of your family and is very expensive to have removed.
Popper roof ventilation will reduce lower heating and cooling expensiveness.
Too Many Layers of shingles and wood shake
When I first started roofing in 95 It was common to see 3 layers all the time even nowadays we occasionally see a layer of wood shake covered with 2 layers of asphalt shingles. Although it is allowed to have 2 layers its not recommended unless that is the only way to go because of your budget lets face it having that second layer is better than nothing at all because its not within your budget. Just keep in mind if you do decide to go with a second layer now it will cost more the next time and it could lead to a few additional repairs along with the extra expense of tearing of and exposing of 2 layers. Because shingles are heavy this adds extra stress to your roof decking and can lead to replacing a lot of damaged decking especially if your roof isn't vented properly as the extra moisture along with the added weight will definitely work away at the decking causing it to sag
Clogged Gutters and Down Spouts
Rain gutters protect your home from leaks and moisture damage as well as your home's exterior and foundation. When gutters leak or downspouts back up, it eventually runs over the edges and down the side of your home finally accumulating around your foundation. Over time this constant pressure will eventually cause your foundation to crack and leak. But that isn't all on its way to the ground it also stains and damages your soffit, fascia and siding or stucco.