Most Common Roof Problems
The residents of Lakeland FL & Polk County turn to us for all of their roofing needs like roof replacement, roof repair, new roof installation and regular roof maintenance.
Catching roof problems & repairing them early can help save you hundreds to thousands of dollars down the line. Unforeseen roof problems are always a hassle and generally a significant expense. By identifying these common roof issues before they become a major problem, you can avert major and unexpected issues or failure with your roofing system in the future.
A roof that was not installed properly can cause major problems. Not only is the likelihood of encountering problems increased, but the useful life of your roof will be dramatically reduced. If you are going to pay for a new roof, you should also ensure that the contractors you hire are qualified & capable of handling a proper installation, otherwise you will be throwing your money down the drain. A faulty installation can cause moisture to become trapped under shingles or a number of other issues including cupping, bubbling, cracking, telegraphing and more.
When water seeps into your roofing system it can cause extensive and costly damage that has lasting effects. Water damage is not a simple fix and the source of a leak on the inside of your house can be hard to locate from your roof since it may not originate exactly where the leak has presented itself inside your home. If you notice water leaking into your attic, immediately call a roofing expert to help locate and repair the leak source. Punctures & penetrations in your roofing material and flashing are a common cause of roof leaks. Clogged & broken gutters can also cause water to backup into the eaves which can lead to wood rot, so keep gutters free of debris to ensure they are doing their job.
If you notice puddles of water ponding on your roof it’s time to call in a roofing specialist. Water should never pool on your roof and is a sure sign of a problem. Debris buildup, gutter clogs, and improper drainage of HVAC units are all common sources for ponding water. If not properly addressed in a timely manner, these small issues can cause serious water damage to the shingles and roofing materials.
Trees with limbs that hang over your roof can be a potential hazard. Not only can they rub on the roofing materials causing the surface of shingles to abrade, but branches can also fall on the roof, puncturing or penetrating your roofing system. It’s best to keep all tree limbs trimmed back, away from the roof and house as much as possible. If you notice that a tree has died or poses a hazard to your home, it’s important to have it removed.
Proper ventilation is integral to the longevity of your roofing system. If your attic is too hot, the shingles can bake from the underside causing them to become brittle and break. An adequate amount of vents in your roof’s soffits or eaves will regulate temperature and moisture levels in your attic. If moisture is left unchecked, it can build up in your roofing system, sheathing, shingles, insulation, and rafters, causing rot, mold, and mildew and raising the price of your utility bills.
Blistering, Buckling, & Cupping of Shingles
Bubbling or blistering of asphalt shingles can occur after installation if moisture that has become trapped under the shingles heats up in the hot Florida sun. Buckling can be the result of installing asphalt shingles on top of a wrinkled roof underlayment or shifted roof deck. If you notice your shingles are cupping or curling, it’s often because they were improperly installed over existing roofing materials. If the shingles on your roof are experiencing any of these problems, it’s important to get them replaced immediately.
Arguably, a roof’s worst enemy is lack of maintenance. Many roofing issues start out as minor problems such as clogged gutters or overhanging tree branches. After time, these small problems can create serious damage. Homeowners can perform routine visual inspections of their roofing system to help identify potential vulnerabilities. Regular maintenance and roof care can save you a lot of money and headaches with just a little time and effort.