Roof Problems Often Start Out Small

Roof problems are something every homeowner will eventually need to face. Whether your home is older or newer, a number of causes can create problems for your roof. Whether a storm has damaged the roof or it’s just naturally getting old, your roof probably has signs of wear already.

Roof inspections can uncover a great many of these problems. And if handled quickly, you’ll be ensuring your roof structure lasts for as long as it should without leaking and damaging the other building materials in your home.

Your roof should protect you and your belongings, so if you have any signs of the following, you have roof problems that need to be addressed…

  • Rust
  • Nails loose or missing
  • Exposed nails
  • Curled shingles
  • Loose shingles
  • Missing shingles
  • Blistered shingles
  • Cracked shingles
  • Granules accumulating in gutters
  • Sagging areas
  • Corroding vents
  • Rust or corrosion at roof ends
  • Overflowing gutters or clogging
  • Leaking in attic
  • Leaking in wall cavities
  • Mold
  • Mildew
  • Algae
  • Underlayment damage, weakening, or rotting
  • Decking, stability and structure

Roof leaks are a common roof problem that can be caused by any number of things. From a single, loose or exposed nail hole, a huge problem in the attic or wall cavity can blossom if the leak is not fixed.

Mold and mildew are dangerous to our health, especially for those with breathing disorders or diseases. And it only takes a few days for mold to grow in the right conditions. Unfortunately, if left unchecked, our attics and wall spaces have the perfect atmosphere for these contaminants to take over.

Plumbing problems can also cause roof leaks where the pipes penetrate the roof structures. Plumbing systems include ventilation pipes that route out harmful gases from the sewer lines. Instead of these gases entering your home, they travel harmlessly up the pipe and out to the outdoor air.

Where these connect to the roof structure, it’s common to have leaks, especially on older roofs. However, if not properly installed, even new homes will have leaks in these areas.

Flashing corrosion can occur and cause leaking if the flashing is old or not installed correctly. It is used in areas where there are plumbing vents, skylights, fireplaces, and other structures that meet up with the top of the roof. Flashing is supposed to be installed in a particular way that keeps water routing correctly, so when it corrodes or is not installed properly, the water leaks into the home instead.

Skylights are another place where leaks can often occur. They are great to have because they not only help with solar heating, but also really look great. They give the home the illusion of extra space, and provide light naturally. But if leaks occur in this area, it can soon become a nightmare.

If cracks are observed, you’ll want a professional repair done right away because the glass can easily break and be dangerous for those living below.

If your home’s roof has suffered from some damage, or is aging enough for you to see damage, you’ll want to be sure it’s repaired as soon as you can. Leaving the roof in bad condition will mean plenty of opportunity for leaks to spring up, and those will cause damage to the other materials in your attic, ceiling, or walls.

Repairing them right away ensures you don’t spend more later than you would have to now due to further damage.

For the best roofing repairs in the Charleston area, you’ll want our professional roofers here at Charleston Roofing and Exteriors, LLC. We can inspect and repair your roof when you need us. Just give us a call at 843-203-5555.