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10 Common Roofing Problems & How to Fix Them

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Your roof is the first, and perhaps most important, line of protection against harsh New England weather conditions that could do considerable damage to your home. Therefore, it’s crucial that your roof remains in optimal condition so it can prevent leaks that can lead to interior damage and premature rot.

A roof that’s performing reliably usually doesn’t earn a second thought. However, if you start noticing water stains on your ceiling or missing shingles on your roof, these are telltale signs that it’s time for a roof inspection, as repairs or a roof replacement project might be needed.

What To Look For

Here are 10 common roofing problems that you may encounter, and the best course of action to fix them:

Leaks

Roof leaks are the most common roofing problem because the homeowner usually becomes aware of the issue quickly when water stains appear inside the home. Leaks can happen when shingles are damaged or blown off in high winds, and they’re also possible in vulnerable spots around chimneys, gutters, and vents.

The Fix: The best way to identify the source of a leak is to enter the attic and find the trail of water stains that leads back to the point of the leak.

Damaged Shingles

There’s an extensive list of factors that can cause damage to roof shingles, including severe weather, falling branches, hot sunlight, and even the simple passing of time. Asphalt roof shingles can start to curl at the edges when subjected to prolonged sun exposure, and their protection level can be hurt when the granules on the top layer of the shingles wear off.

The Fix: The only way to properly fix damaged shingles is to replace them. If the damage is limited to a small area, you may only need to replace a few strips.

Damaged Flashing

Roof flashing is usually made from sheet metal or plastic and is used to protect creases around chimneys, skylights, equipment, and vents. Many flashing problems originate from improper installation, while flashing that is damaged can cause your roof’s moisture seal to be compromised.

The Fix: The reliable fix for missing or damaged flashing is to install new flashing. Some of the surrounding materials may also need to be replaced.

Pooling Water

Standing water on a roof can lead to premature rot, as moisture will eventually find its way under the protective layers. It can also lead to mold and mildew growth.

The Fix: Flat areas where water pools need to be tapered to allow for proper drainage.

Clogged Gutters

Gutter clogs can trap rainwater and cause it to seep into the roof edges. This can lead to soffit and fascia damage, as well as other issues.

The Fix: You can either clean your gutters out regularly or have effective gutter guards installed to prevent clogs.

Encroaching Trees & Bushes

Tree branches that are hanging over your roof and bushes that are coming in contact with your roof can speed the shingle deterioration process and encourage visits from unwanted pests. Tree branches hanging over your roof can also fall and cause damage.

The Fix: It’s a good idea to trim back all trees and bushes to make sure they aren’t hanging over or coming into contact with your roof.

Poor Ventilation

Good attic ventilation is important for your home’s energy efficiency, and it’s also crucial for your roof. A poorly ventilated attic traps moisture in the air that can cause premature wood rot. It can also make ice dams more common in the winter.

The Fix: Make sure your roof has sufficient venting. Solar attic fans can also be used when more help is needed.

Pest Infestations

There are plenty of unwanted pests that can negatively impact your roof, including termites, rodents, and woodpeckers.

The Fix: Seal any entryways into your roof from the outside and have regular inspections.

Ice & Snow Damage

Icicles hang from a roof with ice dam issues

Ice dams can form on the edges of poorly ventilated roofs, and the freeze/thaw cycle can cause ice to form under your shingles and flashing.

The Fix: Keep your attic properly ventilated and consider having a heating wire installed at the roof edges or inside your gutters.

Improper Installation

If your roof isn’t installed properly by experienced technicians, the odds are high that leaks and other issues will develop.

The Fix: Ensure that all your roofing work is done by a licensed company that offers high-performance products and has a reputation for excellence.

The Trusted Roofing Experts

If your home’s roof is leaking, damaged, or just due for an inspection, look to the experienced team at NEWPRO. We’ve been providing home improvement services for New England homeowners since 1945, and we offer roofing systems that are engineered to perform reliably for decades in the local climate.

Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.

June 28, 2023
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