Updated: Jul 6
The roof is one of your house's most fundamental elements protecting you and your family from the brunt of harsh elements. Be it snow, hail, heavy rain, or tornado; the roof has an important role to play for your home's overall safety. But in contrast, most homeowners give little thought to the care and maintenance of their roof. They never realize until they’re in trouble experiencing some serious damages in the roof like mold or large-scale water problems across major home systems.
That’s where roof maintenance and timely repair of small roof issues can save you from havoc. A healthy roof not only saves energy, adds curb appeal and value to your home but can also endure several issues before becoming an unexpected skylight.
Whether you have a classic asphalt shingle or have a metal roof, you need to know about various issues a roof can endure. Common problems and issues include damaged shingles, failing granules, worn flashing.
So, here’s our take on how a roof repair in the Prescott can save you from restless nights afterward.
Issues for a roof
Your roof can meet lots of small problems and issues that may need small repairs down the road. Sometimes the issues are obvious like a leak or a crack while on unlucky days you can face unique issues and challenges that are hard to detect and require an experience of a professional roofer. But don’t worry it pays to know the signs of trouble in your roof.
Here’s our take on some of the common issues you may face with a roof.
Your roofing shingles can break or wrap after a major weather event without giving you a lick. It can be lifted due to high winds or too much sun can cause cracking or breakage over time. The metal flashing, tiles, and sheathing can further deteriorate the situation. So, you need to remove those ugly damaged shingles and avoid potential roof leak with replacing.
Metal flashing is the first line of defense for your roof against water intrusion and leaks. Expert roofers know creative ways to minimize water penetrations. They install flashing in layers to rebuff water away from the wall.
Though the flashings are weatherproof and are specifically built to withstand the impact of time, they still it has a lifespan. If you have a roof several decades old, the flashing can get shabby and worn over time. So, such a flashing requires repair or replacement without wasting the next second.
Your asphalt shingle roof is there to protect you from harmful UV rays but that’s true until you see bald patches on the roof. It’s a sign that you’re losing those important granules. These are tiny particles asphalt shingles are built with to engross harsh sun rays.
You may already know from several roofing guides, that the homeowner must cut back and tear down high branches and lean trees. And that’s rightly so because high-speed winds can make your roof more vulnerable than you think. An instant snapping off of a tree branch can make your roof sag.
Hail damage to your roof is obvious when a storm brings hails that are over one inch in diameter. This hail combined with high-speed winds can take a hard toll on your roof. They can accelerate granule loos or even can cause premature failure of your roof system. You can easily detect hail damage after a storm. For asphalt or composite shingles, you can observe black hail hits that are soft to touch, like the bruise on an apple.
A leaking roof is quite common but it can be extremely concerning as you don’t know what kind of damage the leak is doing to your home. In most cases, the water enters through worn, broken, or missing shingles but the leaks can be difficult to detect. The water can move in through vent pipes, skylights, chimneys, driven nails, or pipe boots. But you never know until it breaks through your ceiling and you scramble to find buckets or pots to catch the water.
Ice dams are horrible for you as a homeowner. They can damage the roof, gutters, and your home. In extreme situations, the ice and snow accumulation can exert enormous load and there’s a risk of roof collapse. The snow over your attic melts and flows down at the eaves where it freezes and causes cracking in your roof. It can pry off your gutter and damage your shingles.
Signs that you need a roof repair or replacement
Like all other elements of your home, the roof does have a life span. Though you can make the most out of a roof with proactive maintenance a time will come when reroofing is indispensable. So, one must know the signs to timely allocate a budget for a reroofing.
If you have a roof with a life of over 25 years, you should get ready for a reroof. Even if it looks okay from the outside, the roof may have underlying issues that you can’t ignore. Similarly, if you notice the decking or rafter of your roof is sagging downward instead of remaining straight, you may have to undergo a roof replacement.
Types of roofing material and their issues
Different types of roofing materials may show different signs or issues for roof repair. So, let’s quickly go through the different types of materials choices for roofing and some common issues homeowners may face.
Asphalt shingles can curl and crack over time with blistering in shape or elevated sections. But because of easy installation and durability; it is one of the most common types of roofing material.
Metal roofing, on the other hand, is popular due to its lightweight and energy efficiency. But they comparatively expensive, noisy and can have dents easily. Homeowners face issues like leaking, scratching, corrosion, chalking, and fading.
Wooden shingle roofs are the preferred choice of homeowners due to their aesthetic appeal. They are environmentally friendly and renewable material. But such a roof is prone to moss, mold, termite, and fading over time. You need to pretty careful with a wooden shingle roof as it requires regular upkeep.
Clay or slate tile roofing is a very attractive and long-lasting choice. It is available in a variety of colors and is non-combustible. Anyhow, the tiles are heavyweight and are an expensive solution. They are difficult to install and require maintenance.
We would love to help you take care of your next roof repair or reroof job. Give us a call at 928-227-7788 or contact us here. We here at Northline Roofing look forward to serving you!