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Common Roofing Problems

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Our roof systems are something we rarely think about, until something goes wrong. A small roof problem can turn into major problems if not identified and fixed in a timely manner. If you can identify the problem quickly, the easier it will be to prevent damage, saving you money.

If you’re not familiar with common Brevard County roofing problems, this might help you identify if you have one and how to take care of it. See a few common roofing problems and what you should do to fix them.

 

Some roofing problems need attention sooner rather than later. If you’re concerned that you may have roofing damage, having a roof inspection by a Florida Licensed Home Inspector, can provide you with a non bias assessment of the condition of your roof. A roofing inspection will identify preventive maintenance issues, or more serious problems like faulty roof flashing. Improperly installed or damaged roof flashing will lead to leaks you may not even know exist.  If left unattended, these leaks can turn into more costly repairs.  Having an annual roof inspection is something to consider to keep your roof in tip top condition and help extend the life of the roof covering.

 

Some of the common roof problems we find doing home inspection in Brevard County, Florida are as follows:

 

Improper Flashing – As previously mentioned an improperly flashed roof will certainly lead to leaks. Flashings that are undersized, improperly installed, or no flashing at all.  These flashings are typically at roof to wall intersections, fascia and roof junctions and roof penetrations. If your roof has flashing problems, it’s important to get a licensed roofing contractor to make repairs as soon as possible.

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Improper Ventilation – Ventilation is needed in any climate for overall temperature control throughout your home, specifically in the attic. Older homes may not have the proper ventilation needed to maintain temperature control for both the attic and the roof.

Vermin Damage – Squirrels are notorious for chewing on plumbing vent lead boots. This can cause water intrusion to leak between the lead boot and vent stack.  If you live in a neighborhood with numerous trees, you should have your vent stacks protected.  You can purchase lead boot protectors, or have them mad out of wire mesh.  Also, voids in soffit areas can allow critters like mice, raccoons and opossums access to your attic space where they can cause major damage.

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Mildew – A roof provides the perfect atmosphere for moss and mildew to thrive, especially if there’s a shady tree blocking the sunlight. While it may not seem like a problem at first, it can cause debris and increase how much water the roof can hold, as well as shortening the lifespan of your shingles.  One of the biggest mistakes homeowners make when it comes to removing mildew and moss on a roof is pressure washing. This can damage your roof further. There are roof cleaning solutions found at local hardware stores that can help reduce moss and keep your shingles intact with low pressure.

Exposed Nails – Exposed nails are very common and I find them on most of the roof inspections performed.  These nails are often accidentally placed when the shingles are installed.  As shingles age and become brittle, water can leak around the nail penetrations, causing leaks.  Exposed nails need to be sealed with roofing cement as part of a preventive maintenance plan. In the event of raised nails, it’s best to remove the nail and seal the hole with roofing cement, or an exterior rated silicone sealant.

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Poorly Sealed Shingles – On many home inspections through-out Brevard County, I will often come across starter courses that are improperly installed leaving the 1st course of shingles susceptible to wind damage.  Also, the roof valleys are often not sealed correctly, or at all. Both of these conditions leave your roof more susceptible to wind damage during tropical storms.

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As much as we hope our roof shingles last forever, weathering will eventually have their effect on your roof. The climate you live in and the slope of your roof has a lot to do with how quickly your shingles will weather. Wetter and sunnier climates can expect their shingles to deteriorate at a faster rate. On average, in Florida you can expect asphalt shingles to last between 15 to 20 years.

 

The best way to combat any potential roofing problems is with a regular roof inspection. This can help catch any issues before they cause serious damage to your home. Consider having your roof inspected once a year to keep it in the best shape.  Call Priority Home Inspections to schedule your Brevard County, roof inspection.  We include a detailed report with photos that you can show your roofer.  We also provide leak detection services using infrared technology.  If you have any questions, or if we can be of help with your Brevard County, home inspection needs, contact us at 321-368-9921.

 

 

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