Roof problems can be a nightmare for homeowners, as they lead to costly and time-consuming repairs. If you’re looking to fix a problem or install a new roof on your house, you know it’s a big job, and a huge investment. Before getting any work done on your roof, however, it’s important to know about some of the most common roof problems. If you can catch minor damage before it becomes a major problem, you can save yourself the trouble of getting an entire roof replacement. Read on to learn more about how to spot the most common roof problems, and what to do if you notice them.
- Ponding Water – ponding water is defined as any water that stays on your roof for more than 48 hours, and this type of water on your roof is a sure sign of a problem. This is an especially common problem in homes or buildings that have a flat roof, as they aren’t slanted for proper drainage. The weight of the water can eventually lead to structural damage or leaks. Before employing quick fixes for this problem, investigate exactly why it’s happening. It could be caused by the flashing on your roof, or an HVAC unit with a clogged drain, or one without condensate drain lines. Fixing the root of the problem can save your roof before the damage becomes severe.
- Animals – pests like racoons, squirrels, mice, birds and insects might find your roof to be an attractive place to make their homes. However, some animals like squirrels can gnaw through the side of your roof, while others can squeeze into tight holes leading to damage. Animal infestations might be a sign of other roof problems (like holes or gaps) that you may need to get checked out.
- Leaks and moisture – your roof is constantly battered by the weather, and even a well-constructed roof can incur damage from wind, rain, snow, or hail. All of these factors can start to warp or change your roof over time, which leads to moisture getting under the layers of your roof. You may see leaks, or begin to smell mildew, and eventually this can lead to rot and structural damage.
- Poorly installed or damaged flashing – flashing is installed to keep water away from parts that could potentially be damaged by moisture. It seals areas around vent pipes, sky lights, HVAC systems, and chimneys, so nothing can get inside your home. If flashing is damaged or poorly installed, it can come unattached and lead to leaks. However, it can be replaced or repaired by a professional.
- Blistered shingles – blisters, which look like tiny holes in your shingles, are caused by moisture getting inside a shingle, or a poor ventilation system. Blistering tends to be more common in areas where there’s extreme heat that can penetrate the shingles, which eventually causes them to pop open. Ventilation is an important factor to consider when looking to install or repair a roof. If blistering is caught early, individual shingles can be replaced before it becomes a bigger problem.
- Shrinkage – single-ply membranes have become a popular choice for roofing in the past few decades, as they’re flexible, easy to install, and relatively inexpensive. However, if you have a single ply membrane on your home, there’s a possibility that your roof could eventually start to experience shrinkage. This happens when the membrane starts to contract due to weather, moisture, or poor installation. The shrinkage can be seen around the flashing on the roof where the membrane starts to pull away.
- Punctures or penetrations – a single-ply roof can be particularly susceptible to this sort of damage, because they tend to be thinner. Foot traffic or weather conditions can cause missing shingles, holes or punctures in the roof, which can eventually lead to water leaks. Repair holes or missing shingles as soon as you notice them.
- Wind damage – high winds can actually blow away parts of your roof. This commonly happens on one side of a roof, or in the area that is most exposed to high winds. If your roofing isn’t properly secured or fastened around the perimeter, the uplifting pressure and vacuum of the wind can start to tear at the edge of your roof.
- Improper installation or repairs – trying to fix roof problems on your own, or hiring a contractor who uses poor materials can cause serious damage to your roof. Never attempt roof repairs on your own, no matter how much money it may cost to get them done professionally. In the long run, getting repairs done professionally will save you money and a headache. When you hire a roofer, ask them for a checklist specific to your roof system. Ask for a written report and photos, so you have records of the work done. Also be sure to ask your roofer if they are certified by the manufacturer to repair or install your roof.
- Poor maintenance – there are countless good reasons why you should get regular maintenance on your roof. If you have your roof inspected regularly, it’ll be easy to catch damage or problems early before they become more costly issues. Roof maintenance is undoubtedly expensive, but it’s worth it to save money in the long run. Preventative maintenance can take care of leaks, loose flashing, damaged or missing shingles, and a host of other problems, and can fix these problems at a fraction of the cost of a full roof repair.
Your roof is by far one of the most important parts of your home, as it prevents damage and protects the rest of your house. If your roof is damaged, it’s important to hire a certified professional to take care of the problem. Trying to fix the problem on your own can be dangerous, and hiring someone who isn’t certified can lead to bigger issues down the line. If you’re looking for a professional roofer to inspect, repair or install a roof, contact us for more information. Super Siders is happy to provide exceptional service in the Minnesota and Wisconsin areas.