Under normal circumstances, your roof should be inspected once a year at the very least. If you suspect any kind of roof damage after a storm, however, you should hire a professional roof service to take a look right away. A damaged roof can be a pain to fix, but if left in disrepair, it can cause even more serious damage to the rest of your home, which is why it should be addressed immediately.
Three Common Types of Roof Damage
Weak Flashing: If the roof is leaking, it is likely that your flashing has cracked. The flashing are thin bits of metal installed underneath the shingles and on the joints in order to create a barrier to water. If the flashing is not fastened properly, it will not be water-resistant. The tar used to seal the flashing can also corrode over time, leaving your roof vulnerable to cracks and leaks.
Wind Damage: Poorly installed flashing can also cause blow-offs and tenting as seams can open up, allowing wind to blow underneath the shingles. As wind damage gets worse, it can become quite expensive, costing a homeowner up to $10,000 in roofing repair and maintenance.
Water Damage: Leaks can occur as a result of storm damage such as heavy rainfall, hail, or snow accumulation. If you live in an area that sees heavy snowfall, you need to be sure that your roof is able to support the weight of the snow and properly sloped so that the snow will not sit on the roof for long periods of time. When the snow melts, it can cause serious harm to the roof. Moisture can leave your home vulnerable to mold infestation as well.
On average, homeowners will spend up to four percent of a home’s value annually on general maintenance and siding and roof repairs, which tend to increase as the house ages. For a $200,000 home, that is around $2,000 in repairs each year.
Identifying and fixing roof damage problems may sound easy enough, but it is not a DIY project. If you are in need of new roofing installation or other roof services for your own safety and the safety of those living in your home, call a professional.