MOST COMMON TYPES OF ROOF DAMAGE THREATENING YOUR HOME
We’ve seen all types of roof damage, some far more often than others. Here are the most common roof issues homeowners experience and why they should seek out immediate repairs or a complete replacement.
Many different issues can cause your roof to experience moisture damage, from loose tiles and cracks to failed flashing and sealants, torn underlayments, and more. None of which is good news for your roof. The moisture damage can lead to more serious issues like decay, rot, mildew, mold, moss, or all of the above. This can result in a breathing ground for pests to take advantage of your suffering roof and compromise your home structure.
Moisture damage can be easily spotted by brown stained ceiling or walls. Unfortunately, if you see the signs of moisture damage, that means the issue has been there for much longer than you may think. We believe every homeowner should practice routine roof maintenance and spot issues sooner rather than later.
Punctures and Cracks
Like moisture damage, punctures and cracks tend to be grouped, but they deserve their own category for roofing issues because they often have straightforward and preventable causes. Poor installation of your roofing material or lack of quality maintenance are two of the most common causes of punctures and cracks. Parts of a home’s roof can fragile, and if you’re unsure what you’re doing, you will want to leave the work to a trained professional to prevent further roof damage. One careless step or the use of improper tools can lead to punctures or tears in your underlayments, moisture barriers, or flashing.
After any major storm, you will want to check your roof for any flying debris that might have caused any punctures or cracks. It may be rare, but it can still happen whenever there is a storm with high winds.
Loose and Broken Shingles
Shingles engineered by top manufacturers like GAF, Ownes Corning or CertainTeed are made to last 30 - 50+ years, but their life expectancy drops significantly when they have been improperly installed. Weak flashings and bad adhesives on a roof are no match for strong winds, resulting in shingles being blown off, leaving parts of your roof bare and exposed to the elements. If notice loose or broken shingles on your home, contact a roofing professional immediately, don’t let your home be compromised any more than it is.
Worn-Down Roofing Materials
Old homes will show their age on their roofs and when the roofing material is near the end of their life they become fragile resulting in bare and grayed-out shingles to piles of shingle granules, rust, and moss forming. All are visible signs of an aging roof that needs serious work or a full replacement. Contact a roofing professional today if your roof is nearing the end of its life.
This is a less common issue, but with the rise of more modern and flat-style rooftops, it’s becoming a more common issue every day. Flat roofs need to be angled just slightly and sealed properly to avoid any water forming small pools on the roof every time there is rain. Left alone, pooling water can create moisture damage and are clear signs that your roof may need some repairs.
A very serious and server issue that should be handled immediately by a professional. Any damage to the structure of your home causes it to shift or fail to result in your roof tilting, sagging, or even buckling.
Your Home Show Signs of Roof Damage?
If you have an older home and suspect that there might be roofing damage, checking for these common issues is a good place to start. They're foolproof signs that you will soon need to invest in the necessary repair work or get a complete roof replacement.
If you're unsure, it's important to contact a professional and have them come out to assess the extent of your roofing damage. The roofing professional will be able to explain to you in detail what your roof needs to perform at it's finest.
Do you live in Maryland or Pennsylvania? If so, contact us to schedule a free estimate, roof replacing, or an assessment.