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Common Signs that Tell You Your Roof Might Be in Trouble

By Chantay Smithingell Subscribe to RSS | May 21st 2012 | Views:
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People take great pains in making sure they have the best roofs over their heads. They spend considerable time and money figuring out which material and what design to use. Of course, that is only proper, because roofs provide an important protection against the elements.

However, more often than not, people tend to forget about their roofs once they’re done building them. Having finished with the functional aspects of the house, they now to turn to the luxury aspects, such as tile floorings and living room carpentry. While they are important in making a house beautiful, they won’t do much good once the roof starts showing problems due to lack of maintenance. For instance, a lavish dining set is practically useless if water from a leaking roof keeps it drenched.

When people see a roof leak, they often jump to the conclusion that their roofs need to be replaced. But that’s not always the case, as some causes of roof damage can be addressed with a couple of repairs. Knowing signs of a developing roof problem can help you in deciding whether a repair or replacement is in order.

Clawing or curling shingles usually indicate an aging roof system. Due to old age, the shingles become susceptible to ice damage and wind uplift; in time, they become rigid and break easily. Old age and poor installation contribute to buckling shingles (which appear as waved distortions running vertically up the roof), in which case they become susceptible to wind and ice damage.

For very old roof systems, shingles develop bare spots and granule loss. Granules act by protecting shingles from the sun’s heat; once they are lost, the shingles begin to harden, and the granule loss will only accelerate shingle aging and decay. In time, the pressure from wind uplifts and rain will lead to broken and missing shingles, further weakening the roof system’s integrity. This is why for residents of Columbus Ohio roofing and installation quality is essential in their choice of contractor.

Flashings are also a common site of roof leaks. Due to unsatisfactory installation and poor layout, the screws or nails that fasten flashings can lift and separate as a result of expansion and contraction. For many residents of Columbus roofing quality is reflected as well in the type of flashing materials and installation techniques used.

So if your roof is afflicted with any of these problems, knowing the kind of roof repair Columbus Ohio residents choose for their homes might come in handy. You can learn more about preventive maintenance for roofs on roofhelp.com.

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