The Most Common Roofing Problems
When a leak has sprung in your roof, it can be cause for alarm especially if you do not know where it is coming from. Below are the most common problems associated with leaky roofs and what to look for if they arise in your home.
Clogged Gutters & Downspouts
Debris from the outdoor elements can clog your gutters and can weigh them down causing further damage. They not only look unsightly, but can also be a hazard to your home. Clogged gutters are a huge fire hazard and pose a big threat to your home. Finally, if your gutters are clogged they are a breeding ground for mosquitos and can potentially be dangerous to your family. Be sure to check your gutters weekly to make sure that they are clear and clean to prevent these issues.
Deteriorated Pipe Boots
The pipe boots on the pipes of your roof are a type of vent that is made up of metal, or plastic base with a rubber boot that fits over the vent pipe. Over time these pipe boots can wear and tear. If the pipe boots develop cracks they allow water into your roof and over time they will cause mold and potentially a major leak into your home. These pipe boots should be inspected often to prevent deterioration.
Shingles typically last a few years on a home, however, this depends on where your home is located and the severity of the weather you experience. You should be aware of when the last roofing shingles were installed and keep a good eye on when you are due for new shingles. One of the first clues that your shingles are deteriorating could be the sign of rocks in your gutters that are chipping off from the shingles themselves. You can get a closer inspection on the roof of the shingles if you notice small rocks throughout your gutters. Although shingles may seem like a large expense in the long run it will make your house safer and overall better looking if you keep them up to date and will prevent leaks in your home if you keep these tips in mind.
If you don’t know what the fascia is on your roof, it is the lower part of your roof that covers the eaves. The rain gutters are below the fascia. If there is debris built u in your gutters it can lead to rotten fascia and can continue to rot and cause mold and wetness. The best time to prepare a fascia is when our roof needs to be replaced.
In the end knowing these common problems can help you troubleshoot and foresee problems with your roof in order to prevent future issues and leaks.