Regular roof inspections are the key to spotting issues before they get out of hand. When they do, damage builds up and expensive problems arise that need repair. It is important to know the top problem areas of your roof so you have an idea of what to look for in an inspection. We’ve put together a list of the top problem areas of your roof to check if damage is occurring.
The shingles are the most common problem area of the roof, as they are susceptible to wear and tear from rainfall, snow, temperature, and aging. These factors can cause shingles to curl up and wear down, exposing part of your roof and leaving it more likely to become damaged. Look out for the curling of shingles, along with missing shingles or discolouration to determine their integrity. This helps to determine whether or not they are in need of replacement.
Eavestroughs are critical to lengthening the lifespan of your roof and home. They prevent water ingress into the fabric of the building by channelling the rainwater away from the shingles, underlayment, exterior of the walls and the foundations. Water running down the walls causes dampness inside the affected rooms. This provides a favourable environment for the growth of mould, and wet rot in timber. Therefore, regular inspection of this top problem area of your roof is important. When inspecting your roof, check for the buildup of debris in the eavestrough. Debris is what can cause clogs that prevent proper drainage that damages your roof.
The horizontal “fascia board” caps the end of rafters outside a building. Also, their use is often to hold the rain gutter. In terms of material, the fascia typically consists of a wooden board. Especially where wood is used, fascia can be a top problem area of your roof as weather causes wear. Thus, it is important to protect this board from the elements with aluminum cladding, also known as fascia or fascia metal, and inspect the area to ensure its integrity is being upheld.