Your roof is an integral part of every house or building which protects us from the crazy weather that can happen above. Without the tops to our homes and businesses, we could have ruined interiors and possibly an unhappy, unhealthy place of residence/business. Read on to discover five common roofing maintenance issues and how they can affect repair and/or replacement costs.
Clogged or Damage Gutters
When a roof has been improperly cared for it can lead to clogged or otherwise damaged gutters. Since the gutters safely transfer the water from your roof to the grounds preventing water damage to the exterior siding and fascia boards, it is imperative they drain correctly. If the gutters do not drain properly, it can cause the water to backup underneath the shingles and seep into the walls causing expensive repairs and/or replacements.
Damaged or Missing Shingles
Shingles are the pieces of material that protect the top of your house or building from various weather conditions and other unforeseen incidents that may occur. If the shingles are damaged, missing, or balding, it can lead to water leakage…causing harm to your attic, walls, roof, as well as other possible structural damage.
Moisture can cause your insulation to become saturated and lose its initial r-value (how well the water heater’s insulation will help prevent heat loss through its tank). The added water and moisture can cause mold, rust, poor levels of indoor air quality, and extra weight on the roof itself…leading to even more costly repairs or replacements.
Unpredictable weather and poor roofing conditions can leave your home susceptible to cracks. These cracks can unknowingly leave easy access points for water and other unwanted pests like termites and other insects to enter. Cracks can also leave your home or building predisposed to our next issue…
An older home or building may develop the aforementioned cracks that lead to unknown leaking. These leaks could go undetected for a long period of time as the water can travel through the housetop system before displaying any sort of visual evidence. Leaking can lead to ceiling damage, energy loss, mold, mildew, as well as other structural damage.
All of these problems are consequences which can arise from an improperly maintained roof. If your home or other structure is decades old or has noticeable damage to the gutters and shingles, or if there are more widespread problems due to cracks, leaks or moisture, repairing the problems may not be the answer. At this time it would be advisable to contact a professional roofing company like Jenesis Roofing who can expertly replace all the broken and/or otherwise damaged parts.