The 9 Most Common Roof Problems You Will Encounter

September 2020 by Heartland Roofing Siding and Windows

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Most homeowners have encountered roofing problems at some point in their lives. From small leaks to major cracking, roofs suffer from several common ailments that demand immediate attention. To help you out, we have listed a few of the most frequent reasons that will force you to call a residential roof repair service.

A word of caution: Repairing roofs is not only tricky, but it can also be dangerous. In most cases, it is best not to fix the problem yourself. Instead, call a professional roof repair company like Heartland Roofing Siding and Windows to get the job done right.

  1. Roof Leaks
    It is probably the single most common roofing problem facing homeowners. From cracked flashing (those thin, weatherproofed pieces of metal that are designed to keep water out) to broken shingles, tiles or slate there are nearly as many causes as there are roofs.Most commonly, roof leaks tend to occur:
  • Near the chimney
  • Under damaged shingles
  • At flashing points
  • Around gutters
  • At skylights
  • Close to vents and pipes
  • In low spots or valleys

If you see signs of a leak, including discolored ceilings or damp walls, contact Heartland Roofing Siding and Windows for an inspection from our residential roof repair specialists.

  1. Pooled Water
    When water begins to pool or form little ponds on top of the roof, it can cause problems in the long run. A particular worry when it comes to flat roofs, the solution is to form tapered areas over the surface of the roof. Those little slopes will allow the water to run off, keeping your roof free from water damage.
  1. Punctures and Holes
    Everything from foot traffic to local wildlife can leave scrapes, puncture marks, or even big holes in a roof. Whether it is a woodpecker drilling holes in the eaves or a contractor walking over the shingles, the damage can build up over the years, affecting the underlying wood or exposing it to rot-causing moisture.
  1. Cracking and Blistering
    Over time, roofs can develop cracks, blisters, and ridges. Your chances of seeing such damage depend on the type of roof you have installed. Built-up roofs are roofs made of several layers that cover a relatively flat surface, are particularly susceptible to cracking and blistering.
  2. Snow and Ice Damage
    Over the years, snow and ice can wreak havoc on almost any roof. That is because of ice and snowmelt into the water, which eventually seeps underneath your shingles. If it refreezes, you are in for a rude surprise. That is because the ice underneath your roof can push up against the flashing or shingles and even lift them, leaving gaps through which even more ice or water can enter. The only way to ensure that winter conditions are not permanently damaging your roof is to schedule routine spring and fall inspection and maintenance. That way, you will not be caught off-guard or stuck in a situation that demands emergency roof repair.  EPDM and other single-ply membranes are less susceptible to damage as noted above.
  3. Poor Installation
    Choosing inexperienced or poorly qualified roofing specialists can cost you money in the long run. In fact, shoddily installed roofs remain one of the most common reasons for long-term complications and short life expectancy and mold.  Our team is highly experienced and extremely knowledgeable. We do the job right the first time, so you do not face costly repairs down the road.
  4. Tree Damage
    It goes without saying: If a tree limb crashes into your roof, you are in trouble. However, even if the branches rub against your roof daily, they can scratch the surface and wear down the top layer. At the very least, it is safer for your roof if trees are trimmed so no limbs are resting on top of your home. At the very most, you might consider removing any trees that pose a danger to the integrity of the roof.
  5. Clogged Gutters
    If your gutters are clogged, broken, or otherwise defective, water might be backing up into the system. In that case, it might eventually seep into the eaves, where it can lead to rot. Preventing such damage involves routinely checking your gutters for debris, as well as broken parts. Installing screens on the gutter openings also prevent twigs and leaves from getting into your system.

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So, what are you waiting for? Contact us today and hire the best in roofing, siding, and windows services in Central Iowa!

Heartland Roofing Siding and Windows is known for using the finest products in the industry for roofing installation with superior quality, unparalleled craftsmanship, and follows best practices, codes, and installation specifications. So, if you are looking for a reliable roofing contractor contact Heartland Roofing, Siding, and Windows today.