We talk often about the importance of your roof and it’s not just because our jobs are in the roofing industry. We see firsthand what happens when a roof fails, and it’s not pretty. Like any vital system that makes your home your home (read: dry, comfortable and somewhere you love being), a sure-proof way to make your home a living nightmare is to ignore those systems until they fail. And with your roof, when it fails it can cause a lot of havoc to your family, not to mention become a financial nightmare.
Common roof problems
Roofs aren’t terribly complex systems. They consist of a plywood surface (roof deck), a weatherproof membrane, and the roofing material you have chosen (tile, asphalt shingles, etc.). That said, here are some common problems we see with home roofs:
Leaks and moisture problems
This is probably the most common issue we see with roofs. Unfortunately it can also cause the most damage. Most of the leaks occur from improperly installed flashing around vents, chimneys and other things.
As we mentioned above, below your actual roofing material is a membrane called an ethylene propylene diene monomer, or EPDM for short. Yes, that’s quite a mouthful…but basically it’s extremely weather resistant and also protects against punctures in the roof. But it’s also prone to shrinking, which can lead to problems with the roof shingles themselves.
Roof blisters usually happen when a roof gets too hot. Every roof needs to be well ventilated. This not only ensures the roof doesn’t get too hot in the summer but also that it remains cold in the winter and doesn’t result in ice dams (but that’s a blog post for a later date!). In any event, roof blisters can shorten the life span of your roof. That’s especially true if the the shingles themselves are disturbed, either by someone walking on them or debris falling on your roof. Should this happen, the shingles will lose their ability to provide protection and eventually cause roof leaks!
What to do
Any roofing manufacturer will tell you to have your roof inspected at least once per year. These inspections can be invaluable because they’re particularly expensive and they can spot trouble while it’s still minor (read: fairly inexpensive to fix). At RoofingConference, we strongly suggest you follow these recommended steps and stave off any potential problems by having a trained eye inspect your roof regularly!