4 Ways to Spot a Developing Roof Problem
Areas To Look When You Have A Roof Leak
A few places you need to look when you have a roof leak include clogged gutters and downspouts, deteriorated pipe boots, deteriorated shingles, and rotten fascia.
More things you need to know about roofing problems:
Clogged Gutters and Downspouts
When debris reacts with water, it forms a type of sludge in gutters than is able to decrease the life expectancy of your gutters by attacking the metal coating and weighing them down.
Clogged gutters are able to be fire hazards. Embers from wildfires are able to travel up to a mile and a half away. Because of this, California recently stated that most new homes have to be built with gutter protection in order to keep debris and leaves out.
Clogged gutters can be nesting sites for insects and vermin. For example, the standing water in gutters that do not drain well can be breeding grounds for mosquitoes.
Depending on geographic location and environmental conditions a roof can be expected to last as long as the warranty period, give or take a few years. Some types of shingles can even have a life expectancy of 30 years. Knowing when a shingle roof was installed can give a general indication of how long it will last, and when replacement may become necessary.
By cleaning up gutters every year the quantity of build up from one year to the next can act as a gauge to how fast the roof is deteriorating. Knowing the signs of shingle roof wear and knowing when it's time to replace an aging rood can preclude the necessity and greater expense of repairing water damage inside a structure.
The fascia is a lower part of the roof that covers the eaves. The rain gutters are just below the fascia. Debris that has built up above the gutter will add to rotting a fascia because the area remains wet and continues to rot. A leaking fascia is crucial to fix because it can mean that moisture is entering the eaves. Mold and rot can spread once inside and cause an even bigger roof problem. The best time to fix a fascia is when the roof is being replaced.
Deteriorated Pipe Boots
A vent pipe boot is a kind of roof flashing of which is made of a plastic or metal base with a dome shaped, rubber boot that fits tightly over a plastic vent pipe. The base lies flat against the rood with its top portion covered by the shingles above to shed water. The most common failure with this type of flashing occurs when the boot cracks or peels away from the pipe (due to weather and sun exposure), allowing water into the roof penetration.
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