Roofing Information Worth Knowing


When it comes to roofing it is important to bear in mind that an estimated 90 percent of all leaks are related to either improper installation or defective flashings. For those unfamiliar with flashings they are chimney, apron, step and valley. In other words, they are places where two roofs attach together.

When you set about doing any type of roofing repairs take a close look for any deterioration that could lead to more serious problems if it is not treated right away. If leaks are ignored and remain untreated this is bad news for the structure of your home. If the frame ever begins to rot due to excess moisture or outdoor elements such as constant bad weather then the foundation will weaken over time.

The improper installation of roof shingles often occurs as a result of shingles being fastened incorrectly. This can lead to leakage and must be repaired as soon as possible. The same can be said if shingles are missing. Put this on your to-do list and do it right away, without delay! Whether you decide to do the job yourself or hire a roofing contractor it requires immediate attention.

Leaks in roofs can be caused by a variety of factors. One of the most common is clogged or improperly installed gutters. When either of these things takes place water will overflow over the back and then leak along not only the inside walls of your home, but also the inside of your home as well. This can leave you with a terrible mess if it is not addressed right away. In the same way, flue pipes that are found inside of a chimney can be the cause of water leakage if they are not aligned properly. Other common causes for roof leaks include siding or windows that are not installed correctly or ones that are defective to begin with.

It is recommended by roofing experts that homeowners check their roofs on a regular basis to determine if any repairs are required. Most people save this job for the springtime when the weather has begun to improve. Winter tends to be the season that wreaks the most damage on a roof which is why the season that follows winter is the ideal time to do an inspection of it.

The heavy build up of snow on gutters and shingles can be problematic for the roof’s structure. The same can be said for ice dams and other types of extreme harsh weather such as sleet, hail or heavy rain and winds. It is also wise to take a quick look at your roof following a storm to detect any damage that has occurred. You then must take the necessary steps to repair the problem before a small problem turns into a bigger one (not to mention a more costly one!).


Source by Anna Woodward