For most homeowners, their home is the biggest investment they’ll make in a lifetime. That’s why one of the most important things you can do is to take steps to protect that investment. And perhaps the most integral component of protecting that investment is keeping your roof in good working condition for as long as possible.
But to keep your roof in good shape, it’s important to keep an eye out for common roof repairs and manage them before they become serious. In this post from J&J Roofing in Michigan, we’re covering some of the most common residential roof repairs so you know what to watch out for. To schedule your roofing service, give us a call today.
Although shingle damage can be one of the more obvious roof repair issues, these issues are not always visible to an untrained eye. These are some of the most common shingle problems for residential roofs:
- Missing shingles: This is fairly self-explanatory. Missing shingles can often occur after a strong storm. However, damaged shingles can also be lifted off over time when left without repair.
- Cracked or broken shingles: Similar to missing shingles, cracked shingles allow moisture to get into the roof underlayment, which can cause serious structural issues and mold growth inside your home.
- Missing granules: When shingles are missing granules, the roof structure underneath can become vulnerable. You may recognize this problem by the presence of granules on your lawn.
- Shrinking: As roofs age, exposure to years of extreme weather and freeze and thaw cycles can lead to shrinkage in some shingle materials.
- Lifting: Sometimes shingles can lift at the edges, allowing moisture into the roof underlayment.
- Curled shingles: Heat and thaw cycles and exposure to moisture can lead to shingle curling. Cupping refers to shingles curling outward, whereas clawing refers to shingles curling in. Not only does this look unattractive, but it can also lead to shingles lifting.
Other Common Roof Repair Issues
Not all roof repair issues are shingle-related, and unfortunately, some of those types of roof repair problems can be difficult to diagnose without a professional. If you suspect any of these issues, it’s important to have your roof professionally inspected right away.
- Ice dams: When your attic is inadequately insulated, this can lead to ice dam formation that in turn causes damage to your foundation, landscape, siding, and roof.
- Flashing damage: Flashing prevents water and moisture from seeping into your roof at vulnerable places. Sometimes flashing problems can be due to workmanship issues with the original installation, but aging can also lead to flashing issues.
- Airflow issues: Poor ventilation in your attic can lead to a whole host of problems including mold growth in your roofing underlayment, ice dams, structural rotting, and pest infiltration.
Schedule a Michigan Roof Inspection Today
Do you have an aging roof or a water leak in your home? Don’t risk cumulative damage that could cost you significantly or even require a premature roof replacement. Schedule your roof inspection today by calling 586-445-6455, or contact us online to connect with a contractor and learn more about our roofing and insulation services.