7 Common Roofing Problems and how to Spot Them

Your roof protects your largest asset, so it’s worth checking it over every now and again for signs of damage. You can easily solve the most common roofing problems once you’ve identified them.

We’ll show you how to fix common roofing problems so you can protect you and your family from the elements.

1. Damage from hail

Large hailstones or other objects can damage asphalt shingle roofs. They can knock granules off the surface of the tile, which leads to UV damage from the sun.

If you leave this problem to get worse, you could end up having to replace your entire roof. If you suspect this kind of damage, get in touch with a roofing contractor who will advise you on what to do.

2. No gutter apron

When it rains and water runs off your roof, some of the water will stay close to the underside of the tiles and move towards the fascia. If you don’t have a gutter apron, the water will collect behind the gutter and eventually rot the soffits, fascia and even parts of the roof.

If you see water stains below the gutter on the soffits and fascia, it’s likely that your gutter apron is missing. You can add a gutter apron by removing gutter brackets, sticking the apron to the tiles then refastening the gutter brackets.

The best time to get a gutter apron installed is when you get new tiles so it can be integrated with the rest of the roofline.

3. Broken vent flashing

If you have vent pipes from your plumbing that emerge through the roof, the flashing around them can fail. This can lead water to get through, so you need to make sure the flashing is intact.

Some vent flashing is made out of lead, whereas others are made from rubber. Whichever it is, if it’s broken you’ll need to have it replaced to stop it damaging your roof.

4. No kick-out flashing

You need kick-out flashing at roof edges where they meet a sidewall to stop water from flowing down the wall. If you don’t have kick-out flashing, you can end up with rotting walls and doors where the water runs down. Make sure you call a roofing contractor to add kick-out flashing, or install it yourself if you’re a handy DIY-er.

5. Ineffective chimney flashing

One of the most significant roofing problems is bad chimney flashing. You need flashing around your chimney to stop water running down the chimney and into the loft.

If you think your roofing contractor has installed your chimney flashing improperly, look in your loft after heavy rainfall and see if there is water around the chimney.

6. Missing chimney cricket

What’s a chimney cricket, you ask? It’s a small roof that roofers build behind the chimney to stop debris building up behind it and causing rusted flashing and rot. It will direct water off the roof so they can’t damage your roofline.

Look out for rusting through the flashing near your chimney if you don’t have a chimney cricket. And when you replace your roof, make sure your roofer includes a cricket in their quote.

7. Misused roof cement

Flashing prevents leakage, as you can tell from the other roofing problems in this article. But it takes time to install, so some roofers rush the job by using roof cement. This will seal the roof from water for a short time, but it will soon let rainwater in and leak.

If you see a tar-like substance on your roof around your chimney, it’s roof cement. There’s no point wasting time waiting for it to leak, so get it fixed straight away.

A reputable roofing company can solve all of these problems. If you need help finding a roofing contractor, fill in the form below and we’ll put you in touch with up to 4 local companies.

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Emily Rivers

Emily Rivers works for Quotatis as a Content and Social Media Executive. She informs customers of the latest developments in a range of products so they can make the best choice for their homes. For more information about Emily visit her Google+ profile.