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Flashing is a material used over joints in roof and wall construction to prevent water seeping in and causing damage. Water poses the greatest threat to a building so early detection and repair is best. Flashing can be in valleys, around chimneys and pipes, and around dormer windows and skylights, depending the style of your house’s roof. Flashing is usually made from aluminum or galvanized steel. If this material is damaged, most of the time it can be repaired, however you want to repair it before it’s deteriorating or comes loose. Check that the flashing on your roof looks even and lays flat. Any areas where there is a tear or buckle can allow water to enter your house and can cause extensive damage if not repaired. Or better yet, we can offer a free roof inspection to catch these type of problems and repair them before they become more extensive.
Buckling & Curling Spots
Buckling is the result of asphalt shingles not laying flat due to the wrinkling of the roofing underlayment or the movement of the wood deck. Your roof should look very flat and even. Any area that has lifted up or buckled is a target area for leak formation.
In any of these situations we can provide an inspection by our roofing professionals to correctly diagnose and determine the cause. We can also help in finding the correct solution.
Algae Growth & Staining
Wondering why your roof looks dirty and dingy? If the spots are dark brown or black in color it is most likely algae. Algae requires a moisture-rich environment, usually supplied by dew and shade. The first stains normally appear on north facing sides of a roof or areas with heavy tree coverage. You could have an algae problem and if left to its own devices, your algae friend can wreak havoc and actually destroy your roof. But no matter how tempting it is to get rid of the stains, don’t attack them with a high-pressure washing system, which could degrade the integrity of your shingles.
Missing or Torn Shingles
If your roof has missing or torn shingles, you need to be aware that this could be a warning sign of more extensive damage hidden underneath. Without a professional roof inspection you could be forced to deal with subsequent, and possibly extensive, damage that may occur. Even if you don’t see water stains on your ceiling or walls, the damaged or missing shingles could be letting water in and by the time it appears as stains on ceilings or walls it has already soaked through your shingles, underlayment and plywood. If left unattended, these types of problems, which can be easily repaired in the beginning, can turn into long-term deterioration of your roof and possibly health risks due to mold and mildew growth in the interior walls of your building or in the attic.
If you notice any discoloration or spots on your ceiling, your roof is telling you there is a leak somewhere. What makes this tricky is the fact that water doesn’t always drip straight down. It can travel along roof panels or lumber in the attic before dripping onto your insulation and leaving telltale yellow water spots on your ceiling. That means the leak could be far away from where the ceiling shows the damage. Even if you have good detective skills when it comes to roof leaks, it is best to contact a professional roofing contractor to help track down the cause of the problem and assist with the repairs. That way you can ensure that the problem has been resolved and will not develop into a more severe problem.
Rotting on any part of your house or building is bad, but on your roof it can signify severe problems. Rotting is caused only when an area of your roof remains wet for a period of time. This happens more frequently on organic-based roofing material. Numerous conditions can cause a roof to rot but the most common are high humidity caused by the temperature in the attic, excessive moisture resulting from the high humidity, or poor ventilation in the attic and on the roof. This harms the structural integrity of your roof or your building and should be dealt with as soon as possible to prevent further damage to the roof on your house or building. A professional roof inspection can check for these serious problems and is recommended once a year.
When a roof is nearing the end of it’s useful life span, the top layer of protective granules tends to slowly wear away. Any obvious bare spots that can form over time are an indicator of the end of the your roofs life. The bare shingles have usually become fragile and brittle over the years and should be replaced before serious damage occurs. You may also notice a lot of “granules” collecting in your gutters or pouring out your downspouts during heavy rains. Have a professional roof inspection done to see if this is a cause for concern and to discuss the roofs remaining life. We can even help you with insurance claims if the shingles are still under warranty.
Blisters typically appear within the first year after shingles are installed. Even though blistering is often perceived as a manufacturing defect, it’s usually caused by poor ventilation of the roof system. Blisters may shorten the service life of shingles. If the problem is widespread, the entire slope may need to be replaced sooner than expected. If blisters are limited to a few shingles, it may be possible to ignore the damage or repair the shingles that are affected. A professional roofing inspection can determine the cause and recommend a repair based on what is discovered during the inspection.
Curling is usually a sign of wear on asphalt shingles. As the shingles get older, their corners often begin to curl downward or upwards. There are a number of other reasons you may have curling issues including improper fastening/installation, ventilation issues, nails that are too high, lack of back coating and even the under-saturation of the asphalt felt used on your shingles. If you have curling shingles, your roof’s “immune system” is too low and your roof is susceptible to wind or even ice damage.
We can provide an inspection by our roofing professionals to correctly diagnose and determine the cause. We can also help in finding the correct solution.