Sometimes, roofing issues are very obvious, like when shingles are blown off the roof during a major storm or when the gutters are crushed. But sometimes, you need to take a closer look to see if there is a problem. However, there are some issues that can only be detected by a roofing repair company. If you want to make sure that your roof is in good condition, you should have it inspected twice a year.
Roofing Issues That You Should Look out For
Blow-off damage. High winds can blow off some of the roofing material. Usually, this happens to the part of the roof exposed to the highest winds. Roof sheathing and roofing felt can also be blown away.
Severe structural damage. High winds and storms can also damage roofs indirectly by causing entire trees or tree limbs to fall on top of the roof. The damage ranges from small punctures to the collapse of the entire roof or one section of it.
Roof leaks. Unless a tree limb hasn’t punched a hole in the roof, it’s relatively hard to spot a leak. Water can get through a hole in the roof, which was made by a popped nail. It can also get into the house through holes in the flashing around the chimney. Usually, once you notice a leak, the problem is to find the actual place where the water gets in from. It may or may not be close to the visible spot.
Damaged shingles. Roofing shingles, usually made of wood or asphalt, can show signs of damage simply because they are worn out. However, sometimes, problems occur for other reasons. Some shingles may disappear or break because of high winds or storms. Also, old shingles can curve or become brittle, which is a sign that they have to be replaced.
Missing or damaged roof flashing. The main purpose of roof flashing is to keep water away from the building assemblies or the building materials that can get damaged by water. The flashing can be replaced or reused when the roof is being repaired.
Damaged skylights. If the wind blows some objects onto your roof, the glass of your skylights can break.
Damaged downspouts and gutters. Managing the roof runoff will help prevent moisture damage. For this reason, it’s very important for the gutters and downspouts to be clean and to function properly. Downspout and gutter damage ranges from small dents to crushed or bent sections.
Rotted wood. When wood gets wet and doesn’t fully dry, it may rot. Even a small leak can lead to rotted rafters or sheathing, which will seriously weaken the structure of the roof.