Roof Damage 101: Tips for Resolving Home Roofing Problems

Posted by Justin Havre on Tuesday, March 13th, 2018 at 12:07pm.

Tips for Resolving Home Roofing ProblemsHome roofing damage can present a number of concerns, and some are far more serious than others. However, resolving home roofing problems of any kind right away is often essential to protecting the structural soundness of the home in addition to interiors spaces, as well as helping to sell the home. Here are some common issues along with a few roof damage tips to get homeowners started on repairs.

Missing or Damaged Shingles

Missing, torn or broken shingles are typically obvious upon a quick visual inspection. However, some other types of shingle damage may require a more keep eye to detect. Both asphalt and wood shingles eventually wear down due to natural forces such as hail, wind damage, falling debris and foot traffic. Signs can include balding asphalt shingles and residual granule particulates situated within gutters as well as curling, warped or cupping shingles. Ultimately, damaged shingles can result in premature roofing deterioration and leaks if not repaired.

The Fix: Spot-replacing damaged asphalt shingles is a fairly simple project, while wood/shake shingles can be more involved. If the roof is older and the damage is extensive, a full replacement may be necessary.

Roofing Leaks

While damaged shingles are the most obvious culprit, finding the source of other leaks can be tricky to detect unless there's been a clear puncture through the roof. Something as simple as a popped nail can leave a hole in roofing, and those stubborn ice dams can damage flashing by backing and holding water up onto the roof for long periods. Flashing issues are nearly impossible to see without getting beneath shingles, but common leaking areas often surround fireplace chimneys and skylights. Even more confounding is the fact that the area inside the home where the leak is visible, may not be near the source of the leak's location.

The Fix: Unless you're 100% sure of the source, get a pro out for a complete roofing inspection before taking any action. They can check vents and eaves for any signs of cracks, identify shingle and flashing problems and inspect attic decking for potential culprits. Repairs by patching in new materials and sealing compromised areas is often possible unless the extent of damage is severe.

Damaged Downspouts and Gutters

While they often go unnoticed until a downpour, these implements are a vital aspect of managing roof runoff drainage. Designed to redirect rainwater from the home and any penetration points, downspouts and gutters help prevent foundation damage, basement flooding other types of moisture damage near the South East Kelowna home. Common causes of damage include loose or rotting fascia and rafter ends, dents and sections that get collapsed.

The Fix: Regularly check gutters and downspouts as part of routine roof inspections and take time to replace or repair any visible damaged parts. Owners with basic DIY skills may be able to follow a guide for gutter repairs, but may want to call an expert for more serious damage or rotting attachment areas.

Major Structural Damage

High winds and major storms can cause issues such as falling trees and the severest storms can actually blow sections or the entire roof off. These situations require extensive and immediate attention and often a call for a partial or complete roofing replacement. The best fix here is to call in a local roofing professional to assess the damage and make a recommendation.

Need roofing assistance or advice about repairs? Contact a local contractor who specializes in roofing repairs and replacements today.

Justin Havre

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