These Are the Roof Problems Homeowners Encounter

Roof replacements make up almost 90% of the roofing market. The reason is that many homes built during the same period of time are getting to the point where the roofs are losing their integrity.

If your roof is not at that point, but you’re experiencing some issues, you might have some roof damage. If you suspect a problem with your roof, it’s best to bring in a professional to take a look to save yourself a potential injury and to make sure the repair is done right.

Homeowners deal with a variety of roof problems over the lifespan of a roof. Keep reading to learn more about the various roof issues you may encounter.

  • Leaks 

Are you noticing stains on your ceiling? It could be a roof leak. This is the most common roofing problem that homeowners face. It’s typical to have leak issues around skylights, near the chimney, around the gutters, and at flashing points.

If you detect a leak, try to minimize the damage and repair it quickly before it leads to bigger problems down the line.

  • Snow and Ice Damage

When snow and ice melt and seep under your shingles, there’s a potential for a problem. If the temperature gets below freezing before that water has evaporated, the water refreezes and will push up against the shingles and flashing. Gaps will develop and allow more water to seep under the shingles.

  • Tree Damage 

Do you have tree limbs touching your roof? If tree limbs are rubbing against the top layer of your roofing material daily, they’ll scratch the surface and eventually wear down the top roof layer.

Get trees trimmed to keep limbs away from the roof. Inspect trees yearly to prevent any damaged or dying trees from falling and crashing onto your roof.

  • Moisture 

Moisture can build up on a roof and lead to mold and mildew and eventually rot the roof. It may not be an issue if you don’t have a leak, but if you live in a humid or sub-tropical climate, it can be a problem.

  • Storm Damage

Hurricanes, hail, heavy wind, rain, and sleet can all wreak havoc on a roof. Following any major storm, have your roof inspected for damage.

While you can file a claim on your homeowner’s insurance for storm-related roof damage, you have a small window in which to do so. Don’t wait or you’ll end up having to cover the repairs yourself.

Wind damage? Get more information here in this guide to wind damage insurance claims. Understand your rights before filing a claim.

Common Roof Problems

You wouldn’t be a legitimate homeowner if you didn’t ever encounter roof problems. Now that you know what to look out for, you’ll know how to handle the roof repair.

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