Did you know? An average lifespan of a roof is about 20-25 years? Just like any other things, over time, your roof is susceptible to wears and tears, and that’s why once in a while, you will need to deal with these roofing problems.
But what are the common problems that homeowners like you are facing? What are the solutions to these problems? In this article, we have answers to your questions.
So here are the top roof problems and solutions:
1. Roof Leaks
Throughout the lifespan of your roofs, you will certainly come across at least one roof leak, no matter how good your roofing material or the company that has installed the roofs. It’s inevitable to face this problem.
Roof leaks can happen due to various reasons, in which you can check out the most common ones here. They are further broken down into 2 types, i.e. big and small leaks. Big leaks happen on a larger scale and are easier to spot, whereas small leaks are tough to locate.
The first step toward this problem is to be able to locate the leak area or areas. A roof leak can happen in various areas, both inside and outside of the roof. The most common areas where the leak mostly occurs are vent boots, skylights, chimney and attic insulation.
Once you’ve identified the location, you may proceed with the roof repair process. At this point, you may choose to hire a roofing contractor to get the job done for you.
2. Missing and Damaged Shingles
Missing, broken, or damaged shingles is also another common roofing problem that we as a roofing company have come across. Unlike roof leak, this problem is much easier to be spotted and fixed
Since your shingles are exposed to the outer surface, they can easily be damaged. Missing and damaged shingles can happen due to multiple reasons, the most common one being due to bad weather.
Due to external force, the sealant strip that binds the shingles get loosened, and over time, your shingles will start to peel off.
The solution to this problem can be divided into 2 types, i.e. for missing and damaged shingles.
If your shingles are damaged, just a simple roof repair is all you need to get this problem fixed. But even if just a part of your shingle is missing, you have no option but to replace the whole thing.
3. Flashing Problems (Missing or Badly Installed)
Roof flashing is one of the most important components in your roofing system. Without it, your roofs will get damaged by runoff water that can have serious impacts on your roofs’ health.
Now, there’s a possibility that your kick-out flashing may be missing or badly installed. If the flashing is missing, roof runoff flows down the wall and possibly into the wall. This is worst when there is a door or a window below and water can seep behind the trim.
Missing flashing mostly occurs at the chimney. Improper chimney flashing can cause lots of rotting roof sheathing and framing members
If your flashing is missing, you can easily solve this by installing a new one. Check out this guide on how to replace a missing flashing.
In order to fix badly installed chimney flashing, you need the chimney to be properly step-flashed and counter-flashed to prevent water from running down the chimney.
4. Poor Roof Installation
Unfortunately, this problem occurs the moment you decide which roofing company you wanted to work with. Roofing work requires a company with a tremendous amount of expertise and experience, which normally comes with higher costs.
By reducing the price on the work, you risk throwing away the long-term stability and quality of your roofs. Without proper roof installation right from the beginning, your roofs won’t last long enough.
Take time to vet out a good roofing company, based on reputation and experience. The average cost to hire a roofing firm for installation is about $7,900. So if you’re about to spend something less than this, be sure to think twice before decide.
5. Clogged Gutter
As you probably already know, gutter helps discharge excess water away from your roofs, which helps prevent all kinds of problems such as roof leak and rot.
Once in a while, your gutter gets clogged by debris such as leaves and rocks. A clogged gutter can prevent the passage of water and cause water to flow back up the system, which eventually, causes your roof to rot.
It’s fairly simple to solve this problem. All you have to do is take time to remove the debris off your gutter. It’s advised to do a gutter inspection at least twice a year, i.e. in the summer and prior to the fall season.
6. Snow and Ice Damage
Apart from hail storms, snow and ice are the worst enemies of your roofs. That’s because they melt into water and seep through the crack and opening of your roofs, causing the entire system to rot.
Besides just rotting your roof, the water that seeps into the underlying surface of your roofs get refreeze and cause the surface to expand. Over time, this constant expansion and contraction cycle will cause the roof surface to break.
For this problem, it’s better to prevent than to cure. Preventing snow and ice dam formation is pretty straightforward. You can do this by increasing ventilation, adding insulation, and sealing off every possible air leak that might warm the underside of the roof. Besides, a thorough roof inspection is also recommended right before winter hits.
7. Interior Water Leak
Water leak or spots on the ceilings of your house interior is a sign that something wrong is going on with your roof, mainly the underlying layer. It could be an early sign of roof leak or holes in the roof, that needs to be fixed immediately.
8. Damages From Tree
Another common roofing problem that many homeowners like you face is roof damages from large tree branches. Large tree branches are susceptible to break and fall on your roofs either due to bad weather such as strong wind or by their own.
Besides, long branches can also scratch your shingle surface, and over time, can loosen them. In fact, damages from tree branches are among the top 3 common causes of roof leak reported by homeowners.
Regularly trimming off long and tall tree branches can easily help prevent this problem.
9. Cracking and Blistering
Another problem happens due to age of your roofs. Over time, your roofs are susceptible to cracks, blisters and ridges. Your chances of facing this problem mostly depends on the roofing material that you use.
For instance, built-ups roofs that are built over the existing flat roof layer cracks more often than others.
No obvious solution for this issue as it depends on the material of the roofs used. However, we recommend a regular roof inspection to help prevent and prolong the problem.
Last but not least, holes in the roof. Holes can occur due to numerous reasons, just like a roof leak and interior water leak. In most cases, they happen due to bad weather.
However, a hole in the roof on its own, isn’t really a problem, unless it’s totally ignored. A small hole can become a bigger hole, which can cause countless of other related problems.
Holes in the roof ins’t as easy to detect as it sounds. However, watch out for the following warning signs:
- Damp areas on your ceiling or walls
- Visible daylight
- Missing or cracked shingles
And that’s all for all the common roofing issues and their solutions that you can apply on your own. As you probably have noticed, most of the problems are better to be prevented than to be cured.
That’s why you need to perform a thorough roof inspection at least twice a year, and this should be done by a professional who comes equipped with an inspection list.
If you ever need to get your roof fixed from any one of these problems, feel free to contact us today.