Your home's roof plays a critical role in protecting the structural integrity of the building. Roofing problems can result in water leakage, which can weaken the materials used to construct your home. Paying careful attention to the condition of your roof is an important part of proper home maintenance.
Here are three common roofing problems, how to spot them, and the actions that you need to take to correct the problems before they result in permanent damage.
1. Pooling Water
If you conduct a visual inspection of your home's roof after a storm and notice that there is some water pooling on the flat areas, this could be a serious problem. When water is allowed to sit on a roof for an extended period of time it can begin to degrade the roofing materials.
Improper slope is often to blame for pooling water, especially in situations where a home's roof design has very little natural pitch. You can correct your pooling water problems by having a home roofing service create a slight slope by installing tapered insulation.
2. Missing Or Damaged Shingles
While you might not think a few missing shingles is cause for concern, these missing shingles leave your home's roof decking exposed to the elements. To avoid having the wood that comprises your roof's decking become saturated with moisture and susceptible to mold and rot, you need to routinely check the condition of your roof's shingles. Missing shingles should be replaced by an experienced roofing contractor as quickly as possible.
You should also examine your home's roof for dark areas. These dark spots could be areas where the granules have started to come off the shingles, rendering the shingles susceptible to water penetration. Have your contractor replace any damaged shingles to ensure maximum protection for your roof in the future.
3. Faulty Flashing
The metal that is used to seal openings in your home's roof for a chimney, air vents, or HVAC system can be a source of concern. The metal flashing is applied with a silicone caulking product that can begin to deteriorate over time.
If you conduct a visual inspection of your home's roof and see that the flashing is starting to curl or buckle, it could be time to replace the flashing in order to ensure that your roof remains impermeable to water leaks.
Being able to identify and correct some common roof problems will help you prevent these problems from causing significant damage in the future.