A roof can get damaged over time for many reasons so I thought this week I would talk a little bit about some sure signs that you need to give some attention to your roof.
How long your roof will last and keep you dry and cozy is determined a lot by how it is maintained. Regular inspections spot damage early caused by weather, animals and other elements, and prevents minor problems from becoming major repairs.
Here are some top things to watch for:
Shingles: Hot temperatures cause asphalt shingles to buckle, curl and blister. Proper ventilation is crucial to shingles. Asphalt shingles are typically made of fiberglass and coated with asphalt granules. Over time, the granular surface loosens and wears off, exposing the raw shingle to water damage.
Dislodged shingles or shingles that have blown off your roof may be a sign that the tar seal on the shingles is breaking down. While temporary tar sealing will work short term, it is not guaranteed as a permanent fix.
Buckling: Poor roof ventilation and overheating is the main cause of buckling and earlier than normal shingle wear. Trapped heat and moisture in an attic causes severe damage to the roof truss system and sheathing deck. Ridge vents and attic fans are efficient and pretty inexpensive solutions.
Animal Damage: Animals can cause big time damage on a roof. Birds, squirrels, raccoons, mice and bats can all cause destruction to your roof if unchecked. A roof inspection identifies damage early so you can seal holes and replace chewed off caps and flashing.
Damaged Flashing: Aluminum flashing around chimneys, vents and other penetrating roof objects is designed to keep water out; however damaged flashing lets water seep underneath causing rot or leaks to the inside of your home. The roofing compound that seals the flashing down can also dry out and come loose causing water damage. Inspect flashing around chimneys, vertical walls, skylights and vents for bending, loose nails, or holes and replace seriously damaged flashing altogether.
Blocked Gutters: Gutters and downspouts are designed to channel water away from your roof. If your gutters are poorly maintained or full of debris, water backs up and seeps into the edges of your roof. Over time the extra debris also weighs down the gutter and causes it to pull away from the home and block water flow. Gutter guards are the perfect solution as they prevent debris from building up inside your gutters.
For all your roofing needs or questions, my team at Class Eh! Roofing are here and offer 24 hour emergency service. We’d be pleased to chat with you!
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Wayne Jeffreys is a native of Niagara-On-The-Lake and owner of Niagara based roofing company Class Eh Roofing!