Residential roofing maintenance and repairs can seem intimidating, particularly for new homeowners. Fortunately, when you know what to look for, it’s much easier to prevent extensive damage and costly repairs. Below are five of the most common residential roofing issues to look out for.
5 Residential Roofing Problems You May Face
1. Curled or Cracked Shingles
If shingles are misshapen or curled, they may have been installed incorrectly or have reached the end of their lifespan. Worn-out, loose shingles can also blow off in high winds, leaving bald spots. Damaged or missing shingles should be replaced immediately to prevent rot, water damage, and leaks.
Over time, trapped moisture or exposure to UV radiation can cause roofing to blister and erode. The result is an unattractive roof that may be prone to leaks. If there is blistering, check for pools of asphalt granules in the gutters, near the edge of the roof, and at the foundation. If so, it’s a strong indication the blistering is severe enough to cause problems.
3. Damaged or Missing Flashing
The area where the shingles connect with the side of the house is highly susceptible to leakage, especially when the flashing is absent or damaged. Flashing is a piece of metal that acts as a sealant, directing water off the roof and away from the house. Corroded or loose flashing, or an absence of flashing altogether, can result in leaks and worn-down siding.
4. Damaged or Clogged Gutters
Gutters are integral to keeping your home safe from water damage and leaks. When the drains clog with debris, ice, snow, or animal nests, water can back up and spill over the sides, accumulating under the roof or at the edge of the house foundation.
5. Chimney Dam
Chimney dams occur when debris and dirt accumulate behind the chimney. The wider the stack, the more likely a dam forms. Chimney dams can be prevented with a small piece of material called a cricket. But most homeowners don’t recognize the need until there’s already extensive rotting around the chimney base.
The best way to prevent damage is to have a routine inspection by a certified roofing contractor. The experts at Sterling Exteriors in Cincinnati, OH, has been the area’s preferred residential roofing company for over 15 years. Their professional team can handle all your roofing, window, and vinyl siding replacement needs at affordable prices. Call (513) 685-8055 or visit their website to learn more.