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Common Roof Problems - How to Fix It

Feb 14

Common Roof Problems - How to Fix It

Do you know the roof that covers you, the one that keeps the rain off your face and the elements from getting to your hair? It will last decades, but it is not durable enough to withstand all weather conditions, including snow, wind, and sleet.

Common Roof Issues Symptoms Of A Roof Leak


A roof leak doesn’t need to be a torrential, continuous drip, drip drip. A small leak may be found in your ceiling that is damp or has a persistent stain.


Take note that roof surfaces such as slate, tile, metal, and metal can be slippery. They also pose a risk when placed on a slope. A specialist should handle these kinds of roofing materials. It is worth hiring professionals like Katy roof company to fix your roof, as they have the required tools and expertise.


These are the most common roofing repairs


  • Boots featuring vents

It is possible for the rubber boot to become brittle or tear around the plumbing outlets. If the aluminum flashing has not leaked, it might be possible to just replace the boot.


A boot that is large enough to fit the vent pipe's diameter can be used to replace flashing. There are flashing units available with adjustable boots. Remove all nails from the front edge. Then lift the base/boot off the pipe with flat bars. Apply a large amount of roof sealant onto the undersides of the new flashing unit, then slide it over the pipe. You can replace any nails and cover the exposed heads with Neoprene washers.


The roof's flashing may also be affected by leaks, including the counter flashing around the chimney and the step flashing towards the foot or neighboring walls. If your chimney counter flashing is leaking, use roof sealant to fix the cracks and glue them back down.


If you find a leaking area in the flashing of a step along a wall, sidewall, or skylight, there are 2 options. The first step involves replacing the flashing. This will involve removing the siding and shingles around the flashing area and then installing new siding and flashing.


A second option is to apply roof sealant with care to repair the broken flashing. It's important to apply the sealant as flatly as possible. Large beads or lumps may impede water from draining properly.


  • Ice dams are a type that forms from ice.


If your winters are cold, ice dams can cause leaks. Warm air from your attic escapes through your eaves, creating a freeze/thaw cycle near your roof's edge. The ice melts when it collides and is heated by warm air. Cutting away ice will cause damage to the shingles and not fix the problem. The roof deicing cable may be installed. However, it's better to seal air leaks and improve insulation. You might also consider having a roofing contractor install a self-adhering membrane and new tiles around the perimeter of your roof.


  • Gutters

If they aren’t kept clean, gutters can cause problems to your roof. Clogged downspouts cause the gutters to back up. Vegetation may grow in the gutter, leading to water damage to fascias and possibly rotting tails. This could lead to further water damage by letting the excess water seep onto siding or windows.


You should inspect your gutters at a minimum once a month. A ladder is necessary for scooping out leaves and twigs. You also need a small garden shovel and bucket. It is a good idea that you have a hose so that you can use water to remove smaller particles.


Your gutters may need to be repaired if they have become damaged. It is important that the gutter attaches securely to the fascia. You may also need to repair the hangers. With a caulk gun (or a tube of roof sealant), patch any leaky seams.


  • Moss


If the house is not fully shaded, it's possible for moss to grow on the roofs. Although it may seem good for hobbies, it is not good for us all. It gets under the roof and breaks the seal, creating leaks. It accelerates roof deterioration, especially cedar and asphalt.


There are several methods of removing moss from your roof. If you are installing a new roofing system, you will need to put strips of copper and zinc between the shingle tracks. This will keep moss from growing. If you are stuck with an old roof, climb up using a ladder, slip-resistant shoes, a hose (not a power washer), and long-handled scrub brushes.


Commercial sprays are available to kill moss. A solution of one part liquid laundry detergent and one part water can be used to kill moss. You can then spray the solution on the moss and then rinse it with the hose after twenty minutes.



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