With constant exposure to harsh elements, roofs are always under a threat. However, some of their parts are more vulnerable to damage than others. To stay ahead of leaks, keep an eye on these common trouble spots:
The weakest underbelly of asphalt shingle residential roofing systems are the asphalt shingles themselves. Properly nailed or not, the possibility of them getting blown off by strong winds never fades. Also, excessive heat and moisture coming from their underside accelerate their deterioration. They can buckle or curl prematurely with poor attic ventilation; additionally, they will bend out of shape, weakening the defense they provide against the weather.
Clogged gutters can wreak havoc on your home inside and out, but your roof will be one of the first victims. The overflow could move back up, allowing the trapped water to seep into the shingles and wooden parts of the eaves.
Any experienced roofer will explain that flashings are pieces of metal that waterproof seams and gaps in your roof. They cover the valleys, (the points where two sloped roofs meet) and the penetrations, such as chimneys and exhaust vents. When installed properly, they use gravity to channel the water down and keep the places they protect free from moisture. They don’t live forever, though; they ought to be addressed immediately the moment they begin to crack.
The fascia is what holds the gutter system in place. Although the drip edge separates them from gutters and downspouts, poor drainage can cause the water to reach it. Since fascia boards are generally made from wood, they’re not immune to decay. When they rot, they can render the gutters structurally unsound.
Known as the finished surfaces below the fascia, any seasoned roofing company would attest that soffits contribute to curb appeal and attic ventilation. They have small holes your roof uses to breathe in fresh drafts and expel moist air. Like fascia boards, however, they’re also made from lumber, which doesn’t mix well with water.
Schedule professional inspections with Moss Roofing to stay on top of your roof’s condition. You can rest assured that we’ll identify all signs of damage, provide an honest assessment and offer sound recommendations so you can make informed decisions. Call us at (317) 207-4778 to schedule your free inspection, and get an estimate in Noblesville, Indianapolis, IN, or any nearby communities.