Since residential roofing is constantly exposed to the elements, it sustains damage over time. Leaks, for example, develop due to a range of reasons. Use the guide below to prevent problems and know when to schedule service.
How Do Roofs Develop Leaks?
1. Broken Shingles
Contact with heavy tree branches, high-speed winds, and sizable chunks of hail can break roof shingles and tiles. If pieces crack, rain may infiltrate the gaps.
Shingle repairs are usually enough to solve the problem. However, widespread damage from hailstorms may require roof replacement and underlayment repairs.
2. Clogged Gutters
You need to clean your gutters twice a year, in the spring and fall. Without biannual cleanings, they may become clogged with leaves, twigs, and animal nests.
Debris-filled gutters cause rainwater to back up under shingles, resulting in water damage.
3. Damaged Flashing
Flashing seals off gaps around roof fixtures, including vents and chimneys. Hail and wind can crack and lift the metal, leaving behind gaps. Incorrectly installed flashing may also move out of place during storms. If you notice any missing or loose metal connections, have your roof inspected.
4. Skylight Gaps
Skylights need to be correctly measured, affixed, and sealed to prevent leaks. If the fixture isn’t entirely screwed into the roof, or the flashing around it doesn’t provide sufficient sealing, water may seep through. In this case, reinstallation may correct the issue.
5. Advanced Age
Over time, ultraviolet (UV) rays cause shingle materials to dry out and lose their granules, resulting in brittleness. The sun’s rays also melt the tar that keeps the shingles durable, thinning them out. If your shingle roof is over 25 years old, have it replaced to restore your home’s barrier against the elements.
Keep your residential roofing system intact with services from J. King DeShazo Roofing. With over 150 years of combined experience, this family-owned company has served homeowners throughout Ashland, VA, since 1977. Their well-trained roofers work with a variety of materials, including single-ply and asphalt roofing. Call (804) 798-7663 to request a free estimate, or learn more about their residential roofing services online. Like their Facebook page for extra roof maintenance tips.