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Common Roofing Problems

15 April 2024

Keeping Your Home Covered: Addressing Common Roofing Problems

All year long, your roof serves as a barrier between your house and the outside weather. But after time, issues might arise with even the strongest roof. You may avoid expensive repairs and any internal damage to your house by identifying and resolving these problems as soon as possible.

We’ll go over a few typical roofing issues and provide advice on how to spot and fix them so your roof can keep protecting your house for many years to come.

  1. Leaky Roof:

    This is one of the most common and concerning roofing problems. Leaks can occur due to various factors, including:

  • Missing or damaged shingles:

    Cracked, curled, or missing shingles create entry points for water.

  • Flashing issues:

    Improperly installed or worn-out flashing around chimneys, vents, or skylights can also lead to leaks.

  • Clogged gutters:

    Overflowing gutters can cause water to back up under the roof shingles, leading to leaks.

If you suspect a leak, don’t delay! Contact a professional roofer for prompt inspection and repair. Early intervention can prevent further damage and costly repairs.

  1. Roof Shingle Deterioration:

    Over time, exposure to sunlight and harsh weather elements can take a toll on your roof shingles. Signs of shingle deterioration include:

  • Cracking or curling:

    This indicates the shingles are nearing the end of their lifespan and need replacement.

  • Granule loss:

    Shingles lose their protective granules over time, making the roof vulnerable.

  • Moss or algae growth:

    This can trap moisture and accelerate shingle deterioration.

Regular inspections by a qualified roofer can help identify shingle deterioration and recommend the best course of action, whether it’s repair or replacement. For durable and weather-resistant protection, consider high-quality GAF asphalt shingles, known for their long-lasting performance and aesthetics.

  1. Clogged Gutters:

    Gutters are crucial in directing water away from your roof and foundation. However, leaves, debris, and even small branches can accumulate in gutters, causing them to clog. Clogged gutters can lead to several problems, including:

  • Overflowing gutters:

    This can cause water to seep back under the roof, potentially leading to leaks.

  • Water damage to fascia and soffit:

    Overflowing water can damage your roof’s fascia boards and soffits (underside of the eaves).

  • Ice dams in winter:

    Clogged gutters can trap water, which can freeze and form ice dams in colder climates. Ice dams can cause water to back up under the roof shingles, increasing the risk of leaks.

One way to avoid a clogged gutter is to regularly clean your gutters, particularly in the fall and spring. Consider installing a gutter guard system like LeafGuard®, featuring a patented design that prevents leaves and debris from entering the gutter while allowing rainwater to flow freely.

  1. Improper Ventilation:

    Adequate roof ventilation is crucial for several reasons:

  • Prevents heat buildup:

    Proper ventilation helps release heat trapped in the attic, preventing damage to roof components and improving energy efficiency.

  • Reduces moisture buildup:

    Ventilation helps remove moisture from the attic, preventing mold and mildew growth and extending the lifespan of your roof.

Ensure your roof has adequate ventilation, typically achieved through ridge vents, soffit vents, and intake vents. If you are unsure about your roof’s ventilation system, consult a professional roofer for an assessment.

Remember, a healthy roof is essential for a healthy home. By recognizing common problems and taking proactive steps to address them, you can ensure your roof continues to protect your home and family for years to come.

For expert advice and installation of GAF Asphalt Shingles and LeafGuard® Brand Gutters, contact LeafGuard of Cincinnati today for your complimentary estimate!