Home roofs faces the harsh conditions of all. But because they are essentially out of sight out of mind, issues can arise.
And sometimes we don’t even notice until the damage is sustained somewhere else in the home.
Here are some common causes for damage to your roof and why they should be seen immediately.
The Most Common Roofing Issues That Homeowners Come Across
Storms can cause damage to a roof, and often the homeowner is oblivious to an issue until a subsequent issue arises.
Strong winds, snow, hail, and heavy downpours are the most common suspects, and if they have occurred recently.
It’s always a good idea to inspect your home roof for damage shortly after before you have a potentially major issue on your hands.
Poor gutter maintenance
Your guttering connects to the outskirts of your roof, and when your gutters have some problem.
They can have a negative effect on many areas of your home, your roof included.
If you don’t regularly maintain your gutters. They get full of debris such as leaves and this prevents water from running away as it should.
The water can then spill onto the roof and cause water damage. Over time the gutters will continue to deteriorate and cause further damage to the roof.
To avoid this scenario, ensure you get your gutters cleaned on an annual basis. And more so if you have large trees surrounding your property.
We suggest booking in a professional to take care of it for you, it takes them a fraction of the time.
And you don’t have to dedicate a whole day working your way around the entire house clearing the gutters and contending with the mess that comes with it.
Your home roof is something that should construct right from the get-go. The smallest imperfection can have disastrous consequences on the overall condition of your home.
If you’re building a new house, or doing repair work, or replacing your roof altogether, make sure you only hire a licensed contractor that is highly skilled in this area. Check their references and ensure they have full insurance coverage. Here is a checklist of questions to ask before hiring a roofer.
Trees are great for many things – shade, oxygen, and for adding privacy however, they are not great when they are positioned close to the home.
If you have a large tree near your house and branches are close to the roof or hanging over it, it’s a high possibility that when a storm hits, those branches are going to cause damage to your roof.
If possible, hire a tree lopper to trim hanging branches or any that pose an immediate risk to the integrity of your roof.
Unprofessional repair work
Attempting to repair your roof with no formal training on how to do so, is a recipe for disaster. You not only need specialized equipment to work at this height but if it’s not done properly.
It’s either not going to last or it’ll do nothing to help the problem. Don’t take the risk and hire a professional.
Cracked tiles or roof leaks
Cracked tiles or roof leaks can occur for a variety of reasons but, if they aren’t repaired or replaced quickly, they can cause a plethora of problems.
Some common ones are water damage, mold growth, and structural damage. By organizing regular roof inspections, you can prevent significant damage from occurring.
Clogged gutters make your roof an appealing place to be for pests. When they are choked up with debris, water pools in them.
Pests such as termites, mosquitoes, mice, and possums all need water, and when it’s easily accessible in the gutters, they may just make themselves permanently at home.
Pests are a nuisance and can cause damage to your roofing through chewing, defecating, and burrowing. By keeping your gutters clear, you can avoid attracting unwanted house guests.
Incorrect flashing installation method
Flashing uses to cover the roof joints and to direct water away from certain areas. If it has inaccurate installing it can get blow off in severe storms or lift in areas, allowing water to seep through.
When excessive moisture sits on a roof, it can cause rotting and promote mould and moss growth. It doesn’t take long for a singular area of rot to spread and deteriorate everything around it.
From the roof, it will typically start to enter the home, and this is when it generally you will notice for the first time. By this time, the problem is already significant and costly to rectify.
All roofs need adequate ventilation, and if your roof doesn’t, it can lead to a variety of problems. One of them is retaining moisture and warmth which can lead to rot and mould outbreaks.
Your roof should have vents at the base of the roof as well as the top, if it doesn’t, it’s best to call out the professionals to see if your roof ventilation is sufficient before it has a chance to cause problems if it hasn’t already.
It’s not uncommon for roof problems to be widespread before noticing the issue. Avoid this and protect your home from preventable damage by getting your gutters professionally cleaned by the friendly team here at Global Vac Gutter Cleaning.
They can clear out your gutters using vacuum technology – no mess and check your roof while we are up there.