Being able to recognize early signs of trouble allows you to save your roof from more extensive damage. Fortunately, some common roof problems are easy to spot if you know where to look. In this article, V. Nanfito Roofing & Siding, Inc., one of the top roofing and window companies in the area, highlights common roofing issues and offers tips on how to deal with them.
You can find the source of a leak by looking for water stains, mold and black marks in your attic. However, if you have a vaulted ceiling, you may have to go up onto the roof to check. It’s seldom for leaks to originate in the shingles themselves. Typically, they start in roof penetrations such as chimneys, roof vents or any structure that projects through the roofing system. Address the issue as soon as you can before mold forms on your shingles so you can avoid the need for a roof or window replacement.
Crack in Roof Vents
Cracks in plastic roof vents and broken seams on metal vents can result in leaks, so you should replace these components immediately. Caulking might also work, but it’s not a long-term solution. Look for missing or pulled nails at the bottom edge of the base as well. You can replace these with rubber-washer screws.
Missing Gutter Aprons
Gutter aprons are useful in directing water into the gutter system. Sometimes water that flows off the edge of your roof clings to the underside of the shingles and reaches the fascia. And when there’s no gutter apron stopping the water from wicking behind the gutter, your fascia, soffits and roof sheathing become susceptible to rot.
Roofers usually recommend adding a gutter apron when you’re installing new shingles. However, if you won’t be getting new shingles and you simply want to add a gutter apron to your existing roofing, it’s best to consult with a professional regarding the best way to do it.
V. Nanfito Roofing & Siding, Inc. offers their expertise in roofing, replacement windows and siding. We guarantee top-notch workmanship to give the best bang for your buck. Call us at (203) 639-1634 or fill out our contact form to request a free quote.