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5 Common Problem Areas of a Roofing System

The roof system of your house will often provide you with reliable support for decades. However, even the highest-quality roofing systems may have weak areas that need regular maintenance and repair. By taking the time to inspect and repair these vulnerable areas, you can extend the overall life of your roof system. Discover some common roofing problem areas to help you identify which roof areas may need repairs.

1. Fascia

Fascia is an architectural term for roof trims or panels along the roofline. Manufacturers make the fascia from wood or sheet metal. A fascia connects directly to the lower end of the truss to support the lower edge of the lower row of shingles. The primary purpose of the fascia, however, is to keep water away from the shingles, drains, and water pipes on the roof. Water can trickle into the building, damaging wooden fixtures beneath. The fascia also protects the outside of your home from pests such as bats, birds, and squirrels. One of the chief causes of fascia problems is moisture. Look for signs of damage or rot when maintaining this roof element.

2. Soffit

The soffit is directly under the fascia and is responsible for roof ventilation. Manufacturers perforate soffits with tiny holes that allow air to flow into the vents and draw heat and moisture away from the building. Look out for cracks, holes, and rot that can lead water, bugs, and small animals into the premises. Manufacturers often use waterproof material that can withstand weather elements to make soffits. One of the most popular soffit materials is vinyl since its durable, low maintenance, and cost-effective.

3. Flashings

Flashings serve to seal roof hips, perimeters, penetrations, walls, valleys, and drains. The primary function of flashings is to fill the gaps in the roof system where water can enter through. If you do not check the flashings regularly, they might end up causing a lot of water leakage. Weather and oxidation are common culprits for the weakening of flashing, but flashing can also be loose. Check the flashing for cracks and rust spots, as this is where water often accumulates on the roof.

4. Gutters

Gutters draw water away from the building’s foundation and protect its structural integrity. Unfortunately, debris can easily block the gutters. The collected twigs, leaves, and stagnant water back up the gutters and make them useless. Over time, the weight of the accumulated debris and water can cause the gutters to sag and separate from the fascia. By cleaning the drain at least twice a year, you will avoid clogging and other related problems. You can also invest in a gutter protection system.

5. Shingles

Roof shingles are another common problem area on the roof. The shingle roof system provides good protection but is prone to problems such as discoloration and curling. Continuous exposure to severe weather conditions such as storms, extreme heat, and cold are usually the cause of discoloration and curling. Poor ventilation, high nails, or improper installation of fasteners causes curling of the shingles. Curled shingles also create room for leaks. Your roof may also have broken or missing shingles, making the wood underneath vulnerable to rot, holes, and other damages. Once you know what to look for when inspecting the roof, you can perform regular visual inspections from the ground. However, if you are unsure how to reach the rooftop safely or think this type of work is beyond your ability, please feel free to contact a professional. Contact us today for an estimate, and let us help you repair or restore your roof to a fresh look. We look forward to speaking with you.

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