Leaking is the most common (and talked about) roof repair. Unfortunately, it’s a problem that only surfaces once the damage has been done. Many factors contribute to roof leaking, a reason why you need an inspection at least once a year. During an inspection, a roofer will look for many types of damages, including those highlighted below.
Shingles can get damaged in various ways. Thankfully, they are inexpensive to repair or replace. Here are a few characteristics of damaged shingles.
Flashing, the aluminum wrap along the roof’s protrusions, helps divert the flow of water and prevent leaking, rotting and pooling. Over time, flashing can loosen. Like shingles, flashing maintenance is paramount to the overall roof’s health, as bad flashing can lead to much more substantial damage to the roof, attic and gutters.
When a roof is not properly installed, all aforesaid repairs can come about early. Common installation problems include over/under-driven nails, too much caulking or tar and incorrect materials selection or placement. Thankfully, installation failures are often covered under warranty.
In bad weather, all sorts of things can get blown onto a roof. From piles of snow to full tree branches, your roof must withstand a decent amount of weight. However, a weakened roof may crumble under a heavy load or get punctured by sharp objects. These are structural concerns that need immediate attention.