Your roof is one of the most important parts of your home. It keeps you dry during storms and shades you from the blazing sun. However, roofs can also be a source of frustration when they don’t function properly.
There are many different sources of roofing problems, but some are more common than others. We’ve seen it all at Blue Fox Roofing, from poor installation to pests! If you’re concerned about the condition of your roof, we’re here to help. Here are some of the most common roofing problems to look for and what you can do about them!
1. Irregular Roof Inspections
Unless there’s an obvious problem, most homeowners don’t pay much attention to their roofs. However, there could be many problems brewing both on and under the surface of your roof. Your roof system can be failing long before problems show up inside your living space. Shingles could be deteriorating or blown off, roof vents or flashing may need maintenance, allowing water intrusion. Other signs that you need roof maintenance are water stains or matted insulation in your attic, soft spots on your roof and stains or leaks on your ceilings.
Scheduling a roof inspection is the best way to know about roofing problems before they cause more expensive and inconvenient damages! Once your roof is 12 years old, we recommend getting it inspected once a year and after significant weather events like wind and hail.
2. Poor Installation
Sometimes, roofing problems occur due to poor installation. Inexperienced or negligent roofers may ignore manufacturer installation instructions and local code, or they may skimp on costly but critical accessory items like ice and water shield and the proper flashing around chimneys or roof/wall junctures. We have even seen roof vents installed upside down on an unsuspecting homeowner’s roof! Other signs your roof was installed incorrectly are:
- Sloppy valley installation
- Sagging roofline
- Lack of uniformity between shingle courses
- Re-use of old flashing
- Broken or cracked exhaust terminals on roof
All of these improper installation methods can easily cause roof problems. Water damage, microbial growth and buckling/sagging of the roof are just a few consequences of poor installation. When you need a roof installation from a company you can trust, Blue Fox Roofing is here to help!
3. Roof Leaks From Storm Damage
After a bad storm, roofing problems are common. If your roof is more than 12 years old, it’s important to schedule a professional roof inspection after a significant storm. There’s no need to take a “wait and see approach.” Branches and other debris can easily cause damage to your roof, leading to leaks and a wood rot over time. In more serious cases, entire tree branches or even the whole tree might fall on your roof. This can cause significant damage to both your roof and the rest of your home.
4. Regular Aging
Just like everything in life, roofs don’t last forever. Once a roof has reached its age limit, it will start having more frequent issues. Problems such as leaks, blown off shingles, granule loss and more might occur. At Blue Fox Roofing, we consider the age of your roof and your plans for staying the house before recommending costly repairs. Why? In some cases, replacing the entire roof may be the most cost effective option for homeowners.
If your roof is more than 20 years old and you find yourself feeing “nickel and dimed” with small repairs, you may consider replacing the whole roof and ending the frustrating cycle of repairing leaks and the interior damages they cause.
Contact Your Local Roofing Contractor!
Looking for a roof replacement, Charlotte? Blue Fox Roofing is here to help! Our technicians are well trained and equipped to tackle any problems with your roof. We perform thorough inspections, make honest assessments, explain your options for repair and replacement. Contact us today to schedule your appointment!