Knowing what the most common roof problems are can help you recognize the warning signs and prevent them from worsening. Here are some of the roof problems you’re likely to encounter and how to handle them.
Moisture is the bane of any homeowner, and roof leaks are their most likely source. Finding signs of leaks indoors is easy enough; watermarks, black stains and mold are often noticeable. But it requires a trained eye, not to mention specialized equipment, to spot signs of roof damage on the exterior. In such a case, it would be best to leave roof inspections to a professional contractor.
Granule Erosion on Shingles
Asphalt shingles are a popular choice among homeowners because of their durability. Key to this durability is the protective layer of granules over the shingles. Now, it’s natural for a granule or two to get dislodged at the start. And, as your roof ages, more and more granules will be eroded.
What you need to watch out for, especially when your roof is still relatively new, are bald patches on asphalt shingles. There are a number of factors that may have caused these, but the two most common causes are wind-blown debris or hailstones.
In any case, it’s only a matter of time until the patches become leaks. So, it’s better to have a contractor replace the shingles before the damage worsens.
Damaged or Missing Flashing
Some homes don’t have kick out flashing, which covers the area where the roof edge meets the sidewall. Without it, run-off rainwater can spill onto your siding and damage it.
The other type of flashing that often causes problems for homeowners is the chimney flashing. The thing with this type of flashing is that it needs a lot of expertise, not to mention time, to install. And, if your contractor is in too much of a hurry – a red flag in itself – or if the company is not experienced enough, you’ll be needing repairs soon enough.
You can avoid this kind of problem by only hiring reputable contractors.
Commonwealth Roofing & Siding offers roofing services and a wide variety of replacement windows. To get a free estimate, call us at (703) 890-0717, or fill out this form. We serve homeowners in Centreville and Chantilly, VA.