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Common Roof Problems - How to Fix It

Mar 11

Common Roof Problems - How to Fix It

You know the roof over your head that keeps you dry and protects you from the elements. It will last for decades, but it is not durable enough to withstand all weather conditions, including snow, wind, and sleet.

Common Roof Issues Signs of a Roof Leak


A roof leak does NOT have to lead to a torrential downpour. It can be as simple as a drip, drip, and drip. A small leak may be found in your ceiling that is damp or has a persistent stain.


Take note that roofs made of metal, tile, or slate can be slippery and create hazards when they are combined with steep slopes. These types of roofs should be handled by an expert who is familiar with their use. It is worth hiring professionals like roofing contractors in Lawrenceville if you need to repair your roof.


These are the most common roofing repairs


  • Boots featuring vents

It is possible that the rubber boot surrounding the plumbing vents may crack or become damaged. If the aluminum flashing does not leak, it may be possible for the boot to be replaced.


A boot that fits the vent pipe's diameter is necessary to replace the flashing. There are flashing units available with adjustable boots. Remove all nails from the exposed edge of the old flashing. Then lift the base/boot off the pipe with flat bars. Apply a large amount of roof sealant onto the new flashing units underneath before sliding it on top of the pipe and below the shingle courses just above it. 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 repair the cracks and glue each section back down.


If there is a problem with the flashing at the end of a dormer (or sidewall), there are two possible solutions. First, you need to replace the flashing. This will involve removing the siding and shingles in that area and then installing new flashing.


A second option is to apply roof sealant with care to restore damaged 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 you live where winters are cold you may have seen icedams cause leaks. Warm air escapes the attic through the eaves. This creates a freeze-thaw cycle around the roof's edges. The ice melts when it collides and is heated by warm air. The only way to remove the ice is to damage the shingles. 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 shingles around your roof perimeter.


  • Gutters

If the gutters aren’t checked on a regular basis, they could cause problems to your roof. A blocked downspout will cause the gutter's backflow. Vegetation may grow in the gutter, leading to water damage to fascias and possibly rotting tails. The water damage can be worsened if the excess water seeps onto the siding and windows.


You should inspect your gutters at a minimum once a month. To get rid of dead leaves or twigs you'll need a ladder. You also need a small garden shovel and bucket. You can also use a hose to wash away small 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


Even partially shaded houses can lead to moss growth on the roof. Although it may seem good for hobbits, it is not for everyone. It gets under the roof and causes leaks. It accelerates roof deterioration, especially cedar and asphalt.


There are many options for removing moss and lichen from your roof. If you are replacing a roof, you should put strips of zinc and copper between the shingle tracks to stop moss growing. If your roof isn't removable, use a ladder to climb up, along with slip-resistant shoes and a hose.


Commercial sprays can be used for killing 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 in twenty minutes.

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