If you want to get the longest life from your roof, it’s crucial to learn how to spot problems before they arise. Roofing systems are known to encounter various issues throughout their lifespan. In this article, we’re listing the most common problems that may arise, and how to handle them. Unless you are comfortable being on a roof and using the tools required, we strongly suggest you hire a roofing contractor to complete the job safely.
- The Fascia
The fascia is a long straight board that runs along the line of the roof. This band runs horizontally and can also be called a roof trim. Fascia is installed under the edges of the roof and is typically made of sheet metal or wooden boards. These are the finishing touches that run vertically, linking the rafters, trusses, and the parts of the roof that connect to the gutters. This element of your roof serves two purposes: protection and curb appeal.
This band of metal or wood protects the home’s interior from the damaging effects of the weather by preventing rain or other outside elements from getting inside your home. Also, when it comes to the aesthetic purpose, this band provides a smooth, level appearance along the roofing edge.
The most important thing to remember about fascia is protection. Since the main job of the fascia is to protect, it is very important for homeowners to inspect it regularly for any indications of decay or damage.
- The Soffit
The soffit is the finished area located under the fascia and the rafters and is usually visible from the street level. In Latin, the word soffit means “to fix underneath”. Soffits are made from vinyl and are used to improve the flow of air and to draw moisture and heat away from your home. With the pulling away of heat and moisture, properly functioning soffits prevent the sheathing and rafters from rotting.
As a homeowner, you should check your roofing soffits for holes, cracks, and any decaying. If you discover any of these, it is very important to mend those problems immediately to avoid water or insects from getting in.
- The Flashing
The purpose of the flashing in a roofing system is to close off any open areas in which water may penetrate and cause the bigger problem of leaking. Depending on the roof on your home, the flashing is generally made from steel or aluminum and is located around the drains, walls, valleys, system edges, chimneys, or around the skylights.
The most common problem that we see with the flashing is deterioration. This is caused by oxidation and varying weather patterns. Also, there are chances that the flashing just simply comes loose. With that being a possibility, it is necessary for you to take the time to check these areas to prevent larger issues.
- The Gutters
The gutters on your home protect the structure by directing water away from the foundation of your home. It’s imperative for you as a homeowner to inspect your gutters and make sure that the spout is facing away from the foundation of your home. Stopped up gutters and downspouts are the number one problems that we see. Also, the gutter may become detached from the fascia in many cases. In order to protect the foundation of your home you may want to consider using extensions on your gutters.
- The Shingles
Roof shingles need to be inspected and fixed as soon as you suspect there might be a problem. Curling, discoloration, and insufficient ventilation can cause a large amount of damage in just a short period of time if not repaired and handled correctly. Curling of shingles not only looks bad but also allows water to seep in and damage other parts of your roofing system. Discoloration is a big warning sign of a leak in your roof. No matter what size of discoloration, it is important to have it checked immediately because even a very tiny spot can create a large hole in the ceiling of your home. Lastly, insufficient ventilation can result in buckling.
What can you do if you run across one of these issues?
The key to protect your roofing system is regular inspections and maintenance. Most people are not comfortable or qualified to do this by themselves so to call a professional is always your best bet.
Roof inspection is part of our Free roofing estimate. Call us today at 587-284-1544!