One thing every home needs is a functioning roof. When roofs are installed by experienced construction companies, they’ll likely last a long time. Still, your roof will eventually need repairs or replacement. Residential roofing is a significant expense — a standard 2,200-to-2,600 square foot roof can cost anywhere from $1,000 to $8,500 to have replaced by professional roofers — so it’s imperative that it’s done right the first time. But even if your roofing company installs it correctly, problems may still arise. As a homeowner, if you’ve noticed any of these five common problems with your roof, you should call our roofing contractors right away.
- Excessive Moisture and Leaks
Harsh weather and improper installation can lead to one of the most common roofing complaints: leaks. If you live in an area that typically gets a lot of snow or rain, some roofing materials may deteriorate at a faster rate. In these instances, a metal roof is often the best choice. If your roof is leaking, roofing and construction companies can identify the source of the problem and recommend repair or replacement before the issue gets worse.
- Ponding Water
Rain water should run off your roof, rather than staying in puddles. If you see standing ponds of water on your roof, that’s an indication that there’s likely a problem with your gutters or with your HVAC system. You may have a buildup of debris or your unit may not have been equipped with condensate drain lines. Regardless of the cause, ponding water is never a good sign, so you should call a roofer to get it fixed.
- Damage From Nature
Rain storms and heavy snowfall can have an impact on your roof, but they aren’t the only natural elements that might be causing damage. If you have trees close to your house, their limbs may rub against your roof, causing the top layer on your shingles to depreciate. Branches could also fall on your roof during a storm, which can cause more significant damage. Trim back your trees as much as possible or remove ones that could potentially fall on your house. In addition, animals like squirrels, birds, and insects can potentially cause damage to your roof and your home. Keep an eye out for them and call pest control if they continue to wreak havoc.
- Improper Flashing
Flashing refers to the areas of your roof that have been interrupted by other elements — such as your chimney, a skylight, or an HVAC system — and that need to be sealed as a result. If flashing isn’t properly installed, your roof seams may open and tiles may even blow off. This can also lead to reduced puncture resistance, which can be a problem in strong winds, hail, or even when construction companies walk on your roof to conduct repairs. If your roof is missing tiles, has punctures, or leaks from the seams, this could be the reason why.
- Lack of Maintenance
Some roofing systems need more maintenance than others, but all roofs should be inspected at least a couple of times a year. In between these inspections, you at least need to take the time to visually check your roof for imperfections and potential problems. If you fail to do this, minor issues can quickly turn into major (and expensive) ones. By getting a professional inspection every six months or so, you’ll be saving money in the long run by extending the lifespan of your roof.
If you’re in need of roof repair or replacement, we’re one of the best roofing and construction companies in the Nashville area. For more information, get in touch with us today.