With the increase in weather anomalies, roofs of residential buildings are quick to fall into dis-repair. With the unpredictable occurrences of strong winds, heavy rains and snowfall – homeowners have a difficult time with the up-keep that comes with having a roof. To make things simpler, here are the most commonly occurring roofing complications that make roof repairs necessary.
Flashing is essentially for weatherproofing – thus, when too much rainfall occurs, it is the first thing to fall into disrepair. When the flashing around your chimney, vents or skylights get compromised, water penetrates the metal strips and starts pooling into the crevices along these spots. Over time, and if left unchecked, the water can seep into the frame of the house and cause structural damage. The best way to avoid this is to do regular checks on your flashing and to engage the services of a professional roofer when necessary.
Gutter repairs become essential when water isn't flowing down or if the gutter has detached from the side of the house. Usually, if water isn't coming out the downspout, debris of some sort – usually leaves – can be found either along the gutters or in the downspout. Getting rid of it requires a simple task of cleaning.
However, if your gutter has detached from the side of your house due to strong winds or poor installation, it is important to bring in a roofing contractor in order to get it fixed as soon as possible. Without a proper way to siphon off excess water, the foundation of the house may be compromised.
Loss of Shingles
Shingles that have gotten detached or that have warped, expose the wood that lies underneath. This is potentially dangerous as the wood will subjected to the elements which may result in rot and holes forming. Unfortunately, it is difficult for homeowners to assess the damage on their own homes as shingles aren't easy to see from the ground. So without regularly scheduled checks, the exposed area may get bigger and bigger over time – causing more damage to the structure of the house.
The fascia is usually a part of the house homeowners overlook. A simple strip of material meant to cover ceiling fixtures and other fittings, the fascia is often compromised by moisture. Too much rainfall makes it warp and exposes the fittings and other fixtures that are supposed to be hidden. Most homeowners do not notice it till visible warping has taken place. Once it has been noticed, refrain from fixing it yourself and engage someone with professional roofing repair skills to take care of the problem.