Eight Most Common Roofing Problems

Almost all homeowners have experienced roofing problems at one point or another., from a small leak to a full roof replacement.  Problems with your roof demand immediate attention!  To not do so may end up costing you hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars. 

At Memphis Roofing Service, it is our desire that you be as informed as you can be and to catch or prevent roofing issues  What follows is the eight most common roofing problems you will encounter.
 

1. Roof Leaks

A leaking roof is one of the most common problems facing homeowners. There are many different causes of this issue.  Here are the most common ones we encounter.

  • Near the chimney due to cracked, damaged or missing flashing.

  • Under damaged shingles.

  • At flashing points, especially near gables.

  • Around gutters.

  • At skylights.

  • Close to vents and pipes In low spots or valleys.

If at anytime, you see signs of a leak, including damp walls or discolored ceilings, contact Memphis Roofing Service for a free inspection.

2. Punctures or Holes

In Tennessee, there are many beautiful trees near our homes.  Unfortunately, these become local roadways for squirrels and other animals and provide easy entry onto your roof.

These animals are ingenious at gaining entry into your attic especially when the weather turns cold or its spring and new babies are on the way.  

Without repairing these entry points, the damage can build up and impact underlying wood and expose it to rot-causing moisture thus impacting the structural integrity of your roof or surrounding areas.

3. Cracking and Blistering

Over time, roofs can develop cracks, blisters, and ridges.  This can lead to water damage or the loss of shingles during high winds.

4. Poor Installation

Inexperienced, poorly qualified or unethical roofing contractors can cost you lots of money in the long-run.  Shoddily installed roofs remain one of the most common reasons for long-term complications and a short life expectancy of a roof.  It is critical to hire a well qualified company that will do the job correctly and then stand behind their work for years to come.

5. Tree Damage

If a tree limb crashes into your roof, it is highly likely your roof will be damaged.  However, it is also critical to avoid tree branches from rubbing against your roof as this can wear down and damage the roof as well.  

Take preventative measures and remove any tree limbs overhanging your roof line or rubbing against the roof.    Call us if you need a recommendation for a ethical tree arbor.  

6. Pooled Water

When water begins to pool, it can cause problems over time.  This is a particular concern for flat roofs.  The solution is to form tapered areas over the surface of the roof.  These little slopes will allow the water to run off, keeping your roof free from water damage.

7. Clogged Gutters

Clogged, broken, or otherwise defective gutters may cause water to back into your house.  This may lead to water seeping into your eaves, where it can lead to rot.  It is critical to prevent such damage by routinely checking your gutters for debris, as well as broken gutter parts.   Call us if you need your gutters clean and we will send a team to take care of it as well as inspect your roof at the same time.

8. Poor Maintenance

If you can catch a roof problem early, the vast majority are easy to fix.  Avoiding routine maintenance and inspections, on the other hand, is the fastest way to turn a minor concern into a major problem.  It is wise to create and stick to a reliable maintenance schedule.

Call us at 1-901-707-0355 for a free inspection and quote!