Residential Roofing Issues You May Experience And How To Address Them

Posted on: 18 May 2022


A home with roofing problems can be a nightmare. Yet only a handful of homeowners care to know the condition of their roofs. But on the flip side, some roofing issues may be beyond your control and will pop up regardless of how well you care for your roof. When roofing issues emerge, it's advisable to immediately seek a roofer's professional help. Ignoring a minor problem could lead to a catastrophic and costly situation. Additionally, learning about the possible issues you are likely to face along the way enables you to take the necessary preventative steps. This article shares common residential roofing problems. 

Leaks on the Roof

Even if a leak looks insignificant, you should get it fixed before it gets too big and messy. Low-pitched roofs are prone to leaks since they are not sloped enough to redirect all water to the gutters. This also occurs on flat roofs. 

The standing water on such roofs corrodes the roofing material, creating leaks over time. Metal roofs can also leak due to deterioration from oxidation. Also, unsecured flashing often causes leakage of water into the roofing structure. 

Underlayment Problems

The underlayment is laid between the deck and the roofing material. It protects the deck in case the roofing material is damaged. Though a bit costly, roof contractors normally recommend using synthetic underlayment as it is stronger than traditional ones. Therefore, it can withstand common underlayment issues such as rotting and leaking. 

Unfortunately, synthetic underlayment can also deteriorate with time. The signs of damage are not always apparent at first. However, you can determine the underlayment's condition through roof inspections.

Challenges with the Gutter and Downspout

Rarely will you experience roofing problems when the gutters and downspouts are well-installed and maintained. But issues can arise due to unprofessional DIY gutter installation. For instance, you might experience leaks between the gutters and the fascia. The gutters may also overflow due to debris buildup, leading to roofing issues. Fortunately, your roofing contractor will address gutter issues in time to prevent additional problems.

Condensation During Winter

Condensation happens when hot air from your home's interior space hits the cold roof during winter. The difference in temperatures causes the hot air to condense and form moisture. Since the air has no place to go, it gets trapped in the attic, causing your metal roof to rust. Other roof components like wood may rot, and mold will start forming. The solution to roof condensation is to ventilate the attic and install insulation and vapor barriers.

Yearly roof inspections can help you catch the above issues before they worsen. Contact a roofer if you have questions about your residential roofing