Your roof is built to be sturdy, resilient and long-lasting. Still, even the most durable roof will eventually begin to show signs of wear and tear after years of severe storms, harsh sunlight, and high winds that are common in this area. It is important to keep an eye on the areas of your roof that are vulnerable to becoming damaged, as even minor damage can allow a roof leak to occur. Remember, most experts recommend an annual roof inspection to maintain a healthy roof.
Whether you are simply performing routine maintenance or are trying to find the source of a leak, you’ll need to know where to look.
Shingle roof systems offer excellent protection but are prone to issues such as discolouration and curling. These damages are often caused by constant exposure to harsh weather elements such as storms, heat, cold, wind and inadequate ventilation.
Additionally, your roof can also have some missing or broken shingles which can leave underlying wood susceptible to rot, holes, and other damage.
The gutters are a vital component of your roofing system, they help channel rainwater and keep water away from your foundation. Unfortunately, gutters and downspouts can easily get clogged with debris. The collected leaves, twigs, and standing water can back into your roof and seep through the shingles. Eventually, the weight of the collected debris and water can cause them to sag and pull away from the fascia.
An adequate flashing would direct water away from the vulnerable areas of the roof and into the gutters. It’s crucial to make sure your roof’s flashing is kept in good condition, which means looking out for cracks and rust spots since these areas are where water often pools on your roof.