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3 Tips for Identifying Common Roof Problems in 2021

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Written by John Marmolejo

Being a homeowner means that you don’t have to depend on anyone to do something for you, and it means that you have the freedom to do things at your own pace. Being a homeowner also means that you are responsible for everything that is happening in your house and that if you postpone things for too long, you may end up with a damaged house. Because of this, we need to be aware of all the things that are happening, and all the things that could go wrong. Leaking and other roof problems are the most common things that could happen, and if we catch them on time, we will be able to fix everything quickly without spending too much time.

There are some things that are extremely common, and they are easy to notice. In this article, we are going to give you some tips for identifying the things that could often go wrong with your roof. Make sure you remember these and if you notice them in your home, you should act as soon as possible. Some of these things you can get done on your own, but others require a professional maintenance service. To keep your roof in good condition, and to make sure you postpone these issues you should clean it regularly, maintain it, and replace the damaged parts as soon as you see them. Experts suggest that you should either call service, or if it is safe, go up to it at least once every year or two to fully inspect it and make sure that nothing is damaged, broken, or loose.

  1. Damage is done by the weather

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This is something we tend to ignore until it is too late. As we mentioned before, these things are normal, and they are bound to happen sooner than later. If you invest in good materials the first time around, you won’t have to worry about this issue for at least a decade.

However, this also depends on your location and the weather conditions there. If you live somewhere where there are high winds, hurricanes, or tornados, the top of your home may get damaged. The same goes for freezing cold, or extremely hot weather. All of these things can affect the materials and they will damage them with time. The easiest way to detect these issues is to visually inspect the space and see if anything is broken or damaged.

  1. Leaks

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The leaks are something that is extremely common, and they can happen even if the top of your house is not extremely damaged. Sometimes, when there are heavy rains, there might be water stuck somewhere in between the materials, and if it does not get dried, it may leak down to your ceiling.

You can notice the leaks both on the inside and the outside walls, and if you don’t act fast, you may end up with mold in your home. If you notice that the walls or the ceiling have wet spots after heavy rains it may mean that there is something damaged on the top of your home.

Experts suggest that the easiest way to find them is to look at the roof and see if there are some wet spots on it. Look for any penetrations and see if there is damage around the penetrations on it, including the chimneys and vents. According to oahu-roofing.com, a professional service will be able to notice any damages even if you cannot see them when you are doing the inspection on your own.

In case you notice anything wrong with the top of your house, you should act as soon as possible and get things fixed. If you don’t take care of the damage right away, you risk the foundation of your home being damaged, and you will have to pay a lot of money to get things cleaned and replaced both inside and outside of your home.

  1. Chimney issues

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The last thing we are going to talk about is the chimney issues. Almost every house has at least one chimney, even though not all of them are frequently used. In case you are using it, you should know that you should clean it at least two times per year. Once, it should be cleaned before the heating season, so you can get rid of all the branches, leaves, and other debris that may have fallen inside it, and the second time is after the heating season. Many people believe that the latter is not important, but the reality is, you will be making sure that the unit is going to stay without damages for a long time if you do this.

In case you are not using these units, you still need to maintain them. They are extremely likely to get cracked around the bottom and it is said that leaks are most common around and inside the chimneys. If you notice that there is damage inside your home, the first thing you need to do is check the chimney.

Other common issues

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Other things that may occur on your roof include problems with the field of shingles, wall step flashing, headwall flashing as well as the plumbing. Make sure you take care of all the leaves that fall on the top of your house, and that you regularly clean the pipes and vents. If you let the leaves stay on the roof and between the cracks, they will get wet with time, and they are going to start rotting. This may lead to mold and additional problems.

Most of these things can be noticed and avoided with ease. Know that cleaning and maintaining are crucial, but even if there is damage to your roof, you can still easily correct without spending too much money or time. Know that some of these things you can solve on your own, but you should never risk doing more damage than good if you don’t know what you should be doing. Your safety should be the number one priority, and you should never go up to the top of your home without wearing and using the proper equipment. Choose a good service that will be available for you no matter what needs to be done, and rely on professional help when you are unsure if you can get things done on your own.

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John Marmolejo