PROBLEM #1 – CONDENSATION
As warm air comes in contact with a cold surface, it produces condensation. In an attic, this is a serious problem as insufficient insulation leaves it prone to condensation, which can lead to mold and structural damage. Proper ventilation in the attic and the right insulation can prevent condensation. Without enough ventilation, you may find roof and sheathing damage, ice dams, and more frequent roof replacements.
PROBLEM #2 – FLASHING LEAKS
Most residential roofing is sloped, and in many cases, homeowners can experience flashing leaks. Flashings are flexible metal strips that fill the gaps between the roofing material and the home’s structure, including the edges, corners, ridges, skylights, and chimney. If not installed correctly or they are damaged in a storm, flashings can pull away from the roofing material and allow water to get in. To make sure your flashings are functioning properly, check them about every six months or have your local roofers inspect them for you.
PROBLEM #3 – POWERFUL WINDS
When the wind picks up, the asphalt shingles on your roof are susceptible and can become loose. If you find shingles or other roofing material on the ground, contact our local roofers to provide a free inspection and an estimate for a roof repair or a full roof replacement.
PROBLEM #4 – TREE LIMBS
Tall trees around your home can look beautiful all year round. But these same trees can also pose a threat to your home. If you have overhanging tree branches that can make contact with your roof, they can scratch and damage the protective top layer. Fallen branches on your roof can also cause major problems. To protect your home and your family, trim any branches within six feet of your roof. This will also keep animals off your roof looking for a place to nest in the spring.
PROBLEM #5 – ICE DAMS
Ice dams form as rooftop ice begins to melt and flow down to the lower areas of the roof that are still frozen. The water then refreezes on the roof and gutters creating a dam that does not allow water to flow off. As more water gathers, it can enter the home to cause internal damage.
PROBLEM #6 – ICICLES
Icicles tend to form on sunny days with sub-zero temperatures. While they look beautiful, they can be a danger to people and animals if they fall. Plus, icicles are a sign of roof issues like clogged gutters and downspouts. The icicles themselves can add excessive weight to your roof, leaving you to call our local roofers to repair the damage. Clearing your gutters from leaves, trash, or other debris can help to limit the formation of icicles, so keep your gutter properly maintained to avoid issues.