As a home or business owner maintaining the care of your roof is one of the most things you can do to protect your investment. It can be easy to forget because you don't view the top of your roof on a regular basis, out of sight out of mind.
The key to identifying potential issues is to know what to look for. Below are some common issues that can be addressed before resulting in an expensive fix.
Lack of Annual Maintenance
You should schedule an annual inspection of your roofing every year. If your area experiences severe storms, you should also plan on having a professional inspection sooner than later. Over time small roofing issues become larger and expensive roofing issues to repair.
Trees & Foliage
Overhanging tree limbs can rub on a roof, abrading the surface of the shingles and wearing away the protective top layer. Branches can also fall on the roof creating even more serious damage. Tree limbs should always be trimmed away from the roof and if a tree is close to your home and is not healthy it should be removed immediately.
Your roof is an important part of your home’s ventilation system. When ventilation isn’t working properly, it can lead to problems outside and inside your home. Poor ventilation causes moisture to accumulate in your attic and raises the internal temperature of your home. Over time, this can lead to damage to your sheathing, shingle deterioration, insulation problems, structural damage to rafters, and high energy costs. In the winter, it can contribute to ice dams, which are both structural issues and safety issues. A roofing inspection can tell you whether or not your roof ventilation is up to standards, but if you notice any problems always call.
Storm Related Damage
Summer, spring, winter or fall in North Carolina has unpredictable weather conditions. Hail, rain, heavy winds, lightning or even tree limbs can all cause potential major roofing damage. Make sure to schedule an inspection with Alliance Roofing so we can inspect for possible damage. The window for filing an insurance claim is small and you do not want to end up paying for these damages out of pocket. We are happy to help you with your insurance paperwork.
No matter what type of roof you have, if a leak develops you could have a potential serious problem. Your roofing is meant to act like a lid on a container. The purpose of this lid is to keep everything inside dry. Once a leak compromises that all you can hope to do is fix it in time to minimize the damage. There are any number of reasons that leaks can occur contact us if you suspect a leak, or make sure you schedule a yearly inspection.
Although generally moisture is not a problem without a leak being present this is not always the case. Built up moisture though will cause problems especially if left to fester over time. Moisture will lead to mold and mildew and all of this will begin to cause rot. The worst part is that it can develop into a deeper problem if it begins to also get into the walls and pose a threat to the structure of the house.
Poor or Faulty Installation
Make sure you hire a licensed professional to do your roofing installation or repair and avoid expensive future repairs.
Improperly Installed or Damaged Flashing
The flashing around your roof helps to keep those protruding or awkward areas sealed and protected from water damage or leaks. It’s installed on areas around your chimney, any sky lights, the venting pipes, or heating and cooling systems that are located on the roof. It needs to be properly attached and secured, otherwise you’ll experience problems from the start. When flashing gets damaged, the seams that seal your roof and any protruding structure open up and can cause a number of different problems. If you notice any damaged flashing, call a professional like the ones at First Star Exteriors today.
Animals & Pests
Small animals, birds and insects can cause a surprising amount of damage. It’s best to get rid of them before they get a comfortable.