Top Five Problems of Roofing Systems

How often do I need to do roof maintenance?  What does that even entail?  What signs of damage should I be looking for?  These may be some of the questions we ask ourselves as homeowners.  To keep the life of your roof long and healthy, routine inspections are essential.  How regularly this needs to be done depends on a variety of factors such as the age of your roof, weather conditions in the area, tree coverage around the house, and what types of materials your roofing system is made of.  Having a professional inspection routinely and in the event of major suspected damage is important, but you can do a self-inspection a couple times a year as well.  Promise Construction had its knowledgeable staff put together this list of what parts of the roof commonly cause you trouble. 

1. Fascia

More typically known as the “trim” of the roof, the fascia board runs along the roof below the edges.  It attaches directly to the roof trusses and lends stability to the lowest rung of shingles.  Fascia is usually made out of wooden boards or sheet metal, and it has some pretty essential functions for your roof.  Primarily, it protects your roof from water damage and weather wounds, keeping the rest of your house safe in the process.  Look for dry and wet rot, deterioration from the sun, pest damage, and decay.  Poorly functioning fascia boards leave room for leaks, further damage, and can even increase your energy bill in the end. 

2. Soffit

This is another important part of your roofing system that may be lesser known.  The soffit is the lining over the underside parts of the eaves that protrude from the top of the wall to the roofline edges.  It’s top function is to allow air to vent through, keeping the attic cool and the shingles and other roofing materials reliable and durable.  It also acts as a seal to prevent insects and small rodents from making their way into your home.  Lastly, it contributes to the look and design of the roof.  Keeping the soffit well-maintained is necessary to keep energy costs low and your roof’s lifespan long.  

3. Gutters

Now these guys are probably the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about roof maintenance.  Yet despite this, they are still easily forgotten.  They are absolutely crucial to a functioning roof system as they direct rainwater away from the house.  Gutters guard the overall integrity of your roof, but they also hinder soil erosion which protects the foundation of the house.  Understanding the important job they perform hopefully inspires you to keep those gutters clean of debris and working properly! 

4. Flashing

Roof flashing refers to the waterproof materials installed in the areas that are most vulnerable to pooling water.  This includes the joints, edges, slope valleys, and any other gaps. Made from galvanized steel, these parts of your roofing system are long lasting — some say that properly installed flashing will last your whole life. This doesn’t mean that roof flashing is immune to the elements. You still have to watch out for rust and detachment. Be careful, though: more extensive repairs on flashing is likely to need shingle replacement as well, so if you see your flashing in need of repair, don’t hesitate to call the experts.

5. Shingles

Outside of being responsible for a great amount of visual appeal to a home, shingles play a huge role in water and temperature regulation. Fortunately, it’s easy to tell when you need to start considering replacing old shingles. Whether the shingles are discolored (indicative of water damage), buckling (raised shingles indicate excess moisture), curling, or downright missing, it’s probably time to think about doing some repairs.

Hopefully we answered some of your questions today (or save you a headache tomorrow!) Any other questions? Contact Promise Construction and we’re happy to answer any that you have!

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