Missing, creased, curling, buckling materials, granules filling the gutters, loose tab adhesion—all point to roofing problems. By looking at your roof, you may be able to spot missing and damaged shingles. However having your roof inspected especially after a windy storm might reveal additional issues with the current roofing system. Localized damage—might be able to be repaired. Extensive damage, however, may make it necessary to completely replace your existing roof.

 

Spotting Problems Can Be Tricky

Because water finds its own way—the water stain that appears on your ceiling doesn’t necessarily correspond to where the water’s coming into your house.

  • An interior inspection looks for signs of water damage, including mold, mildew, drips, leaks, stains, and peeling paint.
  • A rooftop inspection includes identification of loose, missing, or deteriorated roofing material.
  • An inspection of the flashing is vital to a watertight roofing system. Dried or broken seals or flashing that has pulled away from the roof, walls, or chimney may be an indication that the roof is leaking or severe damage has occurred to the roof membrane.
  • An inspection of vents, pipes, skylights, etc. checks for cleanliness, signs of aging such as peeling paint, rust, rot, and moss or fungus, as well as for structural damage such as bent or missing parts and sagging pipes.

Common Roofing Issues

From small leaks to major ones, roofs suffer from a number of common ailments that demand immediate attention.

CURLING or BUCKLING can occur when heat and moisture are trapped in the attic because of poor ventilation. Once shingles begin to curl or buckle, it’s time to start thinking about a replacement roof.

LOSS OF TAB ADHESION— If you find it possible to lift the front edge of few shingle tabs you need a professional to assess the condition of your roof for possible storm-related damages.

GRANULE LOSSUniform granule loss is a normal part of any roof’s aging process. Particularly extreme weather conditions—can cause premature granule loss. Once the shingles lose their protective layer of granules, they are easily damaged.

POOR WORKMANSHIP results from careless, untrained, or unskilled workers. The quality of your roof has everything to do with the workmanship. Hiring contractor with reputation based on quality rather than price leads to overall great value.

Other Common Roofing Problems

  • Flashing:  Without good, properly installed flashing around vents, valleys, walls, chimneys, skylights, and roof junctions, water can leak into a building and cause extensive damage.
  • Chimneys: Common chimney-related roofing problems include leaning chimneys, cracked or damaged siding, failing chimney cap system. Chimney flashing is prone to be damaged due to chimney settling.
  • Roofing cement: Excess or not enough of roofing cement at critical points can lead to water intrusion
  • Gutters: Properly maintaining gutters and downspouts ensures proper drainage away from your home or building. Clogged gutters can cause water to back up under your roof shingles and cause wood decay and interior seepage.

Emergency Roof Services and Storm Restoration Contracting

The biggest reason for shingle roof damages in Florida is wind followed by hail. High winds and/or hail found in thunderstorms can lift up shingles, tear them loose from the roof deck or otherwise damage the protective parts of shingle allowing materials to further deteriorate and allow moisture to begin to intrude at those spots.

First step is to schedule your professional roof evaluation. If roof damages are determined to be caused by a storm related event we will work with you and your insurance company to mitigate the losses, obtaining insurance company’s good faith approval for the funds needed for your roof restoration.

To learn more visit our Storm-Related Restoration page.

The Benefits of Regular Professional Roof Inspection, Maintenance, and Repair

A properly constructed roof should last for many years; however, continued exposure to the elements means that it won’t last as long as it could if it’s not regularly maintained. Regular maintenance can improve a roof’s resistance to weather, wind, and other forces, thereby extending the life expectancy of your roof.

Scheduling an annual roof inspection is the most economical way to identify any issues so that they can be addressed before they become a bigger problem. In addition to regularly scheduled inspections, you should have a professional completed storm-related roof inspection after any extreme wind or weather in your area to detect problems before they get out of hand.

Keeping Your Roof in Tip-Top Shape

Trees and bushes should be kept away from the roof tops. Trees and bushes can cause problems for your roof when they are too close to your home. One problem is that moss and algae can grow on moist roofing materials. To avoid problems, trim tree branches to prevent shaded areas that can become damp. Keep gutters clear for proper drainage. Any branches that come in contact with a roof could scratch roofing material when the wind blows. Leaves on the surface of a roof retain moisture and cause rot. Excessive gutter debris sometimes causes water to run under shingles and cause damage to the roof fascia and soffits.