COMMON ROOF AILMENTS
WHEN IS IT TIME TO CALL A ROOFING EXPERT?
Since roofs are so exposed to the elements, they are susceptible to significant wear and damage over time, particularly in regions that experience high levels of annual rainfall, snowfall, and highly variable temperatures. We recommend that you enroll in a regular, roof maintenance program to make sure your roof continues to perform optimally.
In certain situations, calling a professional for roof-repair or maintenance is intuitive. If visible damage has been caused to your roof by fire, wind, or downed trees, you know it’s time to call a pro. Other symptoms of an ailing roof are less obvious but should not be overlooked.
LEAKS OR POOLING / PONDING WATER
Leaks are a sign that you have a current problem, potentially with a puncture, faulty or poorly installed flashing, or poor drainage. Even small leaks can lead to wood rot and mold growth, which can be hazardous to people’s health and the structural integrity of your building. Pooling water, meanwhile, is a sign of problems to come and should be addressed right away
If you have a single ply roof and notice evidence of shrinkage - flashings that are pulling away from the edges of the roof or the cracking of uncured membrane - you could have a pretty big problem on your hands. A shrinking roof is one of the first steps on the road to roof failure. If a roof is beginning to shrink, a repair or replacement plan is in order.
BROKEN, CRACKED, OR “DINGED” SHINGLES
Broken or cracked shingles are more likely to blow off your roof, exposing your roof’s underlayment and sheathing to the elements, which will most likely lead to a leak. “Dinged” shingles - shingles that have divets in them due to hail damage - won’t leak right away, but they will eventually if not replaced. Hail damage is often covered by homeowners’ insurance.
SOFFIT AND FASCIA DAMAGE
The soffit is the wood or metal panel on the underside of your roof’s overhang, while the fascia is the wood panel that runs behind your gutter. Poorly functioning gutters can lead the fascia to rot, which will then lead to a rotting soffit. Raccoons, squirrels and birds will find soft spots in your soffit and quickly set up shop in your attic.
TENTING, BILLOWING AND POTENTIAL BLOW OFFS
These are problems associated with single-ply roofs and occur when the roof is not properly adhered to its substrate surface. If you notice that your roof is tenting, call a professional; catching and repairing tenting when it starts to occur will help prevent your roof from blowing off during a windstorm.
SURFACE EROSION, SPLITTING, RIDGING
These are problems associated with built up roof systems all signal a failure in your roofing system. Call a professional!