Common roof problems
Your roof covers the largest asset you own, so it pays to know the signs of trouble. Fortunately, many of the danger signals are easy to see-you can sometimes even spot them from the ground. Small leaks can go undetected for years, causing huge damage before you notice anything. It’s a good idea to inspect your roof regularly. Many contractors offer free inspections. But even if you have to pay, it’s better than finding leaks after the damage is done. If you are having problems with your roof, then maybe it is time to consider a new metal roof. At Metal Roofing Solutions, you can have a new metal roof installed with ease and that will last you for many years to come. However, before considering a new metal roof for your home, you need to identify the roof problems that you are already having and decide if it’s time to make that change. In this blog, we talk about a few of the common roof problems that can indicate it may be time to consider a new metal roof! All of the roof problems listed below can cause roof leaking or other serious issues.
Metal flashing prevents leaks where shingles meet other surfaces, like walls and chimneys. Proper flashing work takes time and know-how, so sloppy roofers sometimes slather on roof cement instead. It seals out water long enough for them to cash your check, but it soon hardens, cracks and leaks. In the end, all it does is make a proper repair more difficult. So if you see heavy ‘tar’ patchwork on your roof, fix it right, before it leaks and leads to interior damage.
Bad Chimney Flashing
Good chimney flashing includes sections of “step flashing” that run up the sides of the chimney, and “counter-flashing.” Counter-flashing fits into grooves cut into the chimney and covers the step flashing. Cutting, fitting and installing all those parts takes time, so sloppy roofers take shortcuts. Improperly flashed chimneys cause lots of rotting roof sheathing and framing members. Chimneys need to be properly step-flashing and counter-flashing so that water can’t run down the face of the chimney and into the attic.
Vent Flashing Failure
Your plumbing system includes “vent” pipes that pass through the roof. And like any other roof penetration, that sometimes means trouble. There are two kinds of flashing used to seal vents: a “boot” that relies on a snug rubber seal, and all-metal flashing with soft lead that can be bent over and into the pipe. Some versions are made completely from lead; others are galvanized steel with a lead collar. When any type of vent flashing fails, the solution is to replace it.
No Chimney Cricket Present
A wide chimney forms a dam on your roof. Debris builds up behind that dam and holds moisture, which leads to rusted flashing and wood rot. Any chimney wider than 30 in. needs a “cricket,” or “saddle” basically a small roof built behind the chimney. A properly installed chimney cricket will direct water and debris around the chimney and off the roof. If your chimney doesn’t have one, watch for holes rusting through the flashing.
There are many things that can indicate that your current roof is approaching its lifespan. Deciding to have a metal roof installed should not be taken lightly, which is why Metal Roofing Solutions is here to offer our support. We encourage you to continue browsing through our website for more information about our metal roof installation services.