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10 Common Roof Problems Every Homeowner Ends Up Facing

May 15, 2019

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It's easy to put off your problems with your roof until it's too late. Here are some common roof problems that you and all homeowners should not ignore. Keep reading to learn more.

1. Roof Problems with Leaks

Nobody wants a leaky roof, and this is easily the most common issue homeowners face with their roofs. A leaky roof can happen because of cracked flashing, which are those thin weatherproof metal pieces meant to keep water out.

Your roof might also leak because of broken tiles, shingles, or slate. If this is the case, you'll want to look into repairing a leaky roof immediately.

Weather and other environmental factors can also make your roof leak such as snow, ice, rain, wind, hail, and debris. All of these factors can get moisture under your roof's layers and cause your leak to mold and rot.

There are a few common areas on your roof that are more prone to leaks such as by the chimney, around gutters, by skylights, near vents and pipes, on low valleys or spots, under shingles that are damaged, and at flashing points. If you see a sign of a leak from inside your home such a damp wall or discolored ceiling, you should immediately contact a roof specialist.

2. Pooled Water

Any water that pools or stands on your roof are a problem. This issue can be caused by a buildup of debris, or a lack of drainage of your HVAC units and or gutters.

When water on your roof starts to pool, small ponds will form which can lead to a bigger issue down the line. This is a very common concern with flat roofs, which is why you want to make tapered areas on the surface of a flat roof. Slopes on your roof will let the water runoff and prevent water damage from pools.

3. Punctures and Holes

Your roof could also get holes or punctures due to hail and wind damage. Sealant and flashing around vents should be checked frequently. Foot traffic from local wildlife can leave puncture marks, scrapes or even big holes on your roof.

From a woodpecker pecking away or even a contractor walking on the shingles, this kind of damage can build up over the years, which can affect the exposed wood or lead to rot-causing moisture.

4. Shrinkage

Shrinkage can be caused when your roof's membrane, which is the stuff under your shingles or tiles, shrinks. When this happens cracks occur which mess with the upper layer. This also can lead to ridging, blistering, surface erosion, and splitting which can turn into bigger problems later.

When your roof's material shrinks, there could be other problems that arise, like the pulling apart of necessary flashing. If your roof is covered with the synthetic rubber EPDM, shrinking can really affect your roof.

5. Cracking and Blistering

Your roof can get blisters, ridges, and cracks over time. You can see this damage depending on what kind of roof you have installed. If your roof was built-up it's usually made of several layers, which are susceptible to blistering and cracking.

6. Snow and Ice Damage

As time goes on, ice and snow can mess up any roof. This is because snow and ice melt into water, which eventually gets under your shingles and leads to water damage.

Or if the water then refreezes, that's even worse. In that case, the ice under your roof can push up against your shingles and flashing and even lift it up, which leaves gaps through your roof that more water or ice can enter.

The only way you can make sure that winter weather won't damage your roof for good, is to make sure your roof gets routine fall and spring maintenance and inspection. This way your roof won't be caught off guard, or you won't need an emergency and expensive roof repair.

7. Poor Installation

Never skimp on your roof. If you go with a poorly qualified or inexperienced roof specialist, you could end up paying even more for your roof in the long run. Actually, poorly installed roofs are actually the most common reason for long term roof issues.

8. Tree Damage

Obviously, if a limb of a tree crashes on your roof, you have a problem. But even if the branches rub on your roof daily, it can also scratch your roof's surface and wear down your top layer. So try to get the trees around your roof trimmed so no limbs or branches can rest on top of your home.

You might want to consider even removing any trees that can be dangerous to your roof. Any limbs that overhang can damage your roof's shingles and wear away it's the protective top layer. If branches fall on your roof, that can be even more damaging.

9. Clogged Gutters

If you have gutters that are defective, broken or clogged, water can be backing up your system. If this happens, the water can get into the eaves that can lead to rotting. You can prevent this damage by checking on your gutters routinely for broken parts and debris. Also, be sure to install screens on your gutter openings which will stop leaves and twigs from getting in.

10. Poor Maintenance

The worst thing you can do to your roof is not properly to maintain it. So may roof issues start with something minor like needing to remove a tree limb or clean up a backed gutter. If you don't fix this issue immediately, it can grow into a serious problem. All you need is some routine inspections and maintenance and the life of your roof can be extended and you can save a lot of money.

When you catch these problems early, they're relatively easy and inexpensive to fix. When you bypass routine maintenance, your small problems will turn into huge issues.

Fix Your Roof Problems Today

Now that you know what are some common roof problems, it's time to get your roof checked out today. Getting a roof technician there today can save you time and money tomorrow. For more advice on home repair, check out our blog.