Repairing My Roof

Roof Problems To Fix Before A Storm

Thunderstorms, wind, ice, snow – all of these things can mean trouble for your roof. Fortunately, it is possible to be proactive and prevent many types of storm damage. The key is knowing what issues on your roof can mean trouble, as well as having the knowledge to fix the problem. The following can help:

Shingle damage

Any type of shingle damage increases the chances of a leak occurring during a storm. There are three things to check for when it comes to shingles:

  • Loose shingles

  • Broken shingles

  • Worn shingles

Loose shingles can often be reaffixed, either with a well-placed nail or roofing glue. Broken or missing shingles can be replaced. Matching them can be difficult if your roof is older, but a slight color difference isn't usually too noticeable if it is just a couple of shingles. Worn shingles mean that it's time to consider a roof replacement. Signs of wear include missing asphalt granules, shiny spots, tattered edges, and cracks.

Damaged trim

There are several types of trim used on a roof, and they all serve a purpose much beyond appearance. Any damage to these means your roof may suffer a leak in a storm, or worse, parts of the roof could be torn off in high enough winds.

Flashing is typically made of metal. You will find it along valleys in the roof or placed as a seal where the roof meets protruding items, like chimneys or vents. If the flashing is pulling away, bent, or otherwise damaged, have it replaced as soon as possible.

Caps are placed along the peaks of the roof. Most roofs have at least one cap, while some designs, like hipped roofs, have several. A missing or damaged cap means the shingles can easily pull off from the top down. Leaks are also more likely. Replacement solves the problem.

Finally, there are the eaves of the roof. These are made up of the fascia, which is the outward facing edge board, and the soffit, which is the vented section underneath. These can be made of wood, metal, or vinyl. Any damages, including holes, cracks, damaged vents, or bent sections, should be repaired.

Fixing these problems lessens the chances of major storm damage. Talk to a roofing contractor in your area like Melton Industries LLC to have problems fixed before the next storm blows in. If you notice any damage after a storm, make sure to have it fixed as soon as possible.