Roofing Facts A Homeowner Should Know
Handling the numerous potential problems that your roof can experience will be an important step for every building owner. In particular, there are some types of damage and necessary repairs that may cause a homeowner issues due to them not being fully appreciated or understood.
Water Stains From Leaks Can Appear Far From The Original Source
Water stains will often be one of the most noticeable indications that there is roofing damage to the home. However, individuals should avoid assuming that these water stains will always form directly under where the leak is occurring. In reality, the water that seeps in through the roof may be able to take a number of different paths before encountering a wall or ceiling where it can pool enough to cause a stain to develop. As a result, a thorough inspection of the interior of your home may be needed after strong storms to determine whether the roof has developed a leak.
Branches Rubbing On The Roof Can Cause Extensive Damage
Homeowners will often want a large tree to be close to their home due to the shade that it will provide. However, having the branches be too close to the home can lead to them rubbing against the roof, which can cause extensive damage to the shingles or tiles that are on your roof. Trimming the branches so that they are far enough away to be unable to rub against the roof can be a necessary modification if you are to limit the potential for this damage occurring to your roof. While this may deprive you of some shade, it can spare you from potentially expensive and major structural repairs to the roof.
The Flashing Should Be Periodically Replaced
Metal flashing will be used to close areas of the roof where it may be more vulnerable to allowing water to seep into the structure. Unfortunately, homeowners may not appreciate that the flashing will have to be replaced at some point. This is often the case when the flashing is many years old as it could develop corrosion that may make it easier to puncture as well as more likely to warp so that it no longer effectively covers these gaps. Replacing the flashing is often done during the process of replacing the roof. However, it may be necessary to have the flashing replaced before the rest of the roof needs to be replaced. Luckily, this is a relatively affordable repair to make to a home.
Contact a roofing contractor to learn more.