Roofing Repair – 6 Most Common Roofing Problems
When a roof needs some type of repair, there can be many things wrong with it but in the following list are the 6 most common problems.
Problem 1- Wind, Weather and flying debris can damage shingles. The areas along the valleys and ridges tend to take the most weather-related damages. Torn, loose or cracked shingles are also common in these areas. If you find any torn or crack shingles, install new. If there are shingles that loose, nail them back.
Problem 2- There can be shingles that are buckled or cupped because of retention of moisture beneath them. Loosened areas create an entry point for moisture and living shingles open to to wind damage. If you find some of these shingles you might need to replace them.
Problem 3- A sagging ridge might be caused by the weight of too many roofing layers. It might also be the result of a more significant problem, such as a rotting ridge board or insufficient support for the ridge board. In these kind or problem it will be better to call a professional and have him help you do the repair.
Problem 4- Dirt and debris attract moisture and decay, which can shorten the roof life span. A quick solution to these can be to carefully wash the roof once a year using a pressure washer. Pay particular attention to areas where moss and mildew may accumulate.
Problem 5- In damp climates or areas, it is good idea to nail a zinc strip along the center ridge of a roof, under the ridge caps. this will help to wash your roof, minute quantities of Zinc wash down the roof each time it rains, killing moss and mildew.
Problem 6- If there is tree close to the house, remember that although it produces shade, overhanging limbs drop debris and this can encourages moss and mildew because they trap water when it rains. To prevent this and reduce the chances of roof decay, trim any tree limbs that overhanging.
If you find any of these problem, they are fairly simple repair and preventative measures you can do and keep in mind that annual inspections can help you prevent and insure that there no major damages to your roof.
Most important remember that your safety is first and that at any point of the project you feel that you the project is bigger of what you expected and you are not able to handle it, call a professional that can help.