From severe storms to improper installation or maintenance, there are many factors that can cause problems within your roofing system. Whether a problem is obvious or unforeseen, neglecting to fix it can result in costly repairs or even roof replacement. Some issues can also cause damage to the interior of your home. It’s important to routinely inspect your roof and repair any minor issues before they spiral out of control. Here are some common roof problems to look out for:
- Leaks and Moisture
A number of factors can result in roof leaks, including faulty installation. A built-up roof, for instance, may experience leaks as a result of flashing details being improperly fastened during installation. With built-up roof systems, most of the leaks happen at flashing details. Cracked flashing, vent booting, and chimneys, as well as damaged shingles and clogged gutters can also contribute to leaks. Wind, rain, snow and debris can cause moisture to build up under your roof, leading to leaks, mold and/or dry rot.
A roof membrane is applied to a roof underneath the tiles or shingles. Roof membranes are resistant to extreme temperatures, UV light and puncturing. However, the roof membrane can shrink and cause cracking, crazing, splitting and blistering, which can lead to leaks and other problems. To prevent shrinkage, the roof membrane and shingles must be properly installed and be routinely inspected. Roofing experts at TAMKO explain poorly installed roofing can lead to a lawsuit.
- Ponding Water
Ponding water on your roof is a problem found on all types of roofs and can be caused by a number of things, including debris buildup or faulty drainage of rain gutters and HVAC systems. Be sure to investigate the source of the ponding water before a roof repair is made, so that you resolve the root of the problem
These are just some of the many roofing issues you should look out for. If any of these issues arise, contact a roofing technician for an inspection right away.