Over time, all roofs experience wear and tear from natural causes such as high winds, rainwater, sunlight, and surrounding trees. By staying on top of roofing repairs, you can prevent major damages to the structural integrity of your home. Mixed with wind, rain can pass through small gaps and cause water damage and leaks. Sunlight exposure also causes roofs to age, causing warped or even cracked shingles. As mentioned before branches, leaves, and needles from trees can cause roof damage as well. Overhanging branches can break parts of your roof or tear off shingles, while leaves and needles pile up on your roof, causing moisture to build up and potentially cause leaks and rotting.
The natural wear and tear of roofs mentioned above can necesitate repairs including but not limited to facia, shingle, or flashing replacement:
- Facia is the lower portion of the roof that typically constitutes the area where the gutter is attached to the roof, and may need to be repaired if rotting, molding, or warping is detected.
- Shingles are the flat, typically rectangular shaped material that covers the entirety of a roof. Broken or missing shingles will need to be replaced or repaired to prevent leaks.
- Lastly, flashing is a thin material that is used to redirect water and is usually placed where a roof plane meets a vertical surface (i.e. a houses’ wall). Although flashing is made to be tough, it can still crack, warp or blow completely off due to extreme weather. Similar to repairing shingles, flashing may need to be repaired to prevent leaks, which can cause water damage to your home.
It should be noted that the need for repairs are not unique to the actual roof itself, but to gutters, downspouts, and skylights as well.