Sep 22, 2016

Common Roof Problems

Having a roof over our heads protect us from inclement weather and the elements, providing peace and comfort within our living or working space.

However, homeowners and commercial building owners often overlook the importance of an efficient roofing system. When prominent or unforeseen roof problems occur, they may require costly repairs or perhaps even complete replacement of the entire system.

The following are the most common roof problems and conditions:

  • Leaks and moisture – Rain, wind, snow, hail, and debris can result in moisture infiltrating the layers of the roof and causing leaks, mold, and even rot. Not only do leaks and moisture cause substantial damage to your roof, but also to the structure of your home or building.
  • Punctures – Wind and hail storms can penetrate the roofing material, compromising your living or working space.
  • Improperly installed flashing – Flashing is designed to seal the areas where your roof has been penetrated, such as vent pipes, chimneys, skylights, as well as heating and cooling systems. When flashing is improperly attached, it can lead to open seams and laps, resulting in blow-offs, tenting, and billowing.
  • Ponding water – This is specific problematic with flat roofing systems. Ponding water can be caused by inadequate drainage or buildup of debris.
  • Blistering – When the shingles are your roof start to blister, it can lead to larger problems, such as leaks and moisture.
  • Shrinkage – This is when the roof membrane (underneath the shingles or tiles) shrinks, causing cracks or crazing in the upper layer.

The Importance of Schedule Roof Maintenance

Many of these problems start out as minor, which can be fixed by either clearing gutters that are backed up or removing overhanging tree limbs. But when these issues are ignored, they can develop into serious damage. Routine inspection and maintenance can essentially extend the lifespan of your roof and save you a lot of money.

Interested in roof inspection and maintenance in Nashville, TN? Contact Bill Ragan Roofing & Associates, LLC today.