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26
Jan

What are some of the most common roof problems in the winter? – Part 2

Snow Avalanche

Snow Avalanche

In part one of common roof problems in the winter we began examining some of the frequent issues that arise in the cold.   What are some of the other issues?

Skylight leaks. While great for letting in natural light, skylights must be properly sealed.   Piled up snow and icy rains can put a lot of pressure on skylights and the flashing around their seals.  Make sure the flashing around the skylight is intact.

Chimneys.  Roof flashing leaks around the chimney or nearby areas can quickly become channels for water to enter the home.  Accumulated snow slows water drainage off the roof, providing extra time for water to enter the home through even the smallest hole or crack.

Ice dams.  Ice dams occur when snow melts from heat loss in the attic which causes the water to run down the roof and then re-freeze on the of the edge of the roof.  Ice dams are more likely to occur on structures with poor insulation.  Water then backs up because it is not draining properly.  This slow draining and pooling water can infiltrate your shingles and thereby enter your home.   Make sure to keep the gutters clean and clear.

Snow avalanches.  A pile of snow accumulates on the roof to the point of crashing down.  When snow avalanches occur they can injure anyone standing below.  Snowguards can be installed to keep snow in place so it can gradually melt and drain into the gutters instead of crashing off the roof.

Wintertime is beautiful so do not let these common roof problems ruin your snowy season.  Be proactive and keep your roof in great shape so it can protect you and your home from the elements.


Confused or want more information? Trying to understand the costs associated with replacing a roof?  Call, email, post to Facebook, or tweet to us.  No Fee, No Obligation, Just help for you.

Don’t want to talk to anyone and just want a quick, satellite photograph measurement to help estimate the cost for your roof?  Order the Quick Report

If you have a specific roof issue and can send us a photo via email, Facebook, or Twitter, we will do our best to advise you on the specific issue.

 

 

14
Jan

Common Roof Problems in the Winter – part 1

Common Roof Problems with snow and man

Man on roof with snow shovel

What are some of the most common roof problems in the winter? – Part 1

Most people immediately think about ice dams.  But there are other issues which can be quite common.

Falling.  Serious fall injuries and even death occurs as people climb on their roof and attempt to clear the snow off.   Secondary damage can be caused by people chopping or hitting their roof to try to get rid of ice.  While the ice might break free, there is a real chance that the shingles or gutters will take damage.  Frequent hacking at the roof or yanking ice off the gutters can lead to water penetration into the roof where the gutters pull away.

Blocked Vents.  Snow-blocked plumbing vents will create drainage problems and even sewer gas backups into the home.  Sewer gas is not only smelly and unsanitary but an explosion risk.  Make sure all vents are tall enough to stay out of the snow.

Cracked or Broken Shingles.  Even when someone does not fall off the roof, when they climb around on frozen shingles they can snap “like a pine needle in the wintertime”.  Walking on older roofs when it is cold or they are frozen almost assures damage.

Snow. Plain and simple, it gets heavy and gets heavy fast!   Accumulated snow, particularly in the early spring when heavy snow coverings absorb rain can quickly become very heavy and cause major damage.  A roof’s core components such as rafters or trusses can break under the strain.  Newer homes with “up to date” or code conforming structures are less likely to break under the weight of snow; but older homes or those where the builder or roofer took shortcuts can easily crack under the strain.

Next up part 2 of Common Roof Problems in the the Winter….


Confused or want more information? Trying to understand the costs associated with replacing a roof?  Call, email, post to Facebook, or tweet to us.  No Fee, No Obligation, Just help for you.

Don’t want to talk to anyone and just want a quick, satellite photograph measurement to help estimate the cost for your roof?  Order the Quick Report

If you have a specific roof issue and can send us a photo via email, Facebook, or Twitter, we will do our best to advise you on the specific issue.

 

24
Oct

How do I know when to replace my roof? Danger signs for a roof. – part two

Roof problems that help answer the question, “How do I know when to replace my roof?” part two

Last week we pointed out that the guys over at GAF, who manufacture roofing materials, posted a really good set of photos to help you determine if you have red flags that need to be carefully examined.   They call them Key Danger Signals of a Failing Roof?

Let’s look at the other danger signs that likely point to a roof replacement need.  But remember that not every type of roof damage means you have to replace your roof.  You might be able to patch it and then prepare and plan to have it replaced in the near future.

But be on the lookout for the issues below to help answer the question, “How do I know when to replace my roof?”

Stains on Interior Ceilings and Walls or Mold and Mildew Growth

Possible cause: Leaking water supply or drain line OR inadequate, faulty shingle underlayment which allows leakage.  Mold could also be caused by inadequate ventilation which traps moisture.

 

Stains leading to roof replacement

Stains indicating water penetration

Exterior Decay, Sheathing, and/or Siding

Possible cause: Poor attic ventilation.  If the exterior of your home looks like this picture you have a real problem.  Does this answer the question, “when to replace my roof?”  Not yet.  But you need to figure out what is causing this problem. You might have a leak which is slowly eating away at your sheathing or siding.

 

exterior damage indicating roof replacement need

Siding damage

Missing, Cracked, or Curled Shingles

Possible cause: Shingles have reached the end of their useful life OR a major storm tore up the roof.  Sometimes your shingles have just reached their end of life and you need to replace the roof.  If you have 20 year shingles, have had your roof on for 25 years, and it looks like this photo you can answer the question, “How do I know when to replace my roof?” in by nodding your head repeating after me, “Yes.  I need a roof replacement.”

 


singles destroyed indicating roof replacement  need

Major damage to shingles

 

Dark, “dirty-looking” areas

Possible cause: Loss of granules due to age of shingles.  This one is tough.  Your singles might have simple been worn down over time or you might have mold growing on your roof.  It is important to take a closer look.  Do not jump to roof replacement mode just because you have a few worn shingles.  In this photo, the granules have definitely been worn away.  This is a warning sign that a roof replacement is in your future.  But does this answer the question “when to replace my roof?”  Not exactly but it is a warning sign.  At some point these shingles will fail but you still might have a few years if the rest of the roof is in fair shape.

shingles  missing granules indicating time to replace roof

Shingles with missing granules

Confused or want more information? Trying to understand the costs associated with replacing a roof?  Call, email, post to Facebook, or tweet to us.  No Fee, No Obligation, Just help for you.

Don’t want to talk to anyone and just want a quick, satellite photograph measurement to help estimate the cost for your roof?  Order the Quick Report

If you have a specific roof issue and can send us a photo via email, Facebook, or Twitter, we will do our best to advise you on the specific issue.

16
Oct

Roof Problems. How do I know when to replace my roof?

Roof problems that may help you answer the question, “How do I know when to replace my roof?”

The guys over at GAF who manufacture roofing materials posted a really good set of photos to help you determine if you have red flags that need to be carefully examined.   They call them Key Danger Signals of a Failing Roof?

In a nutshell, your roof is like the skin on your body. It protects everything underneath it from the harmful exterior forces.  Once this protective skin is breached then damage rapidly advances.   Your roof may be failing in some areas and OK in others depending on the type of damage.  For example, did the roof sustain damage ina  specific area due to a tree falling on it?  Or has ice built up each year for the last 20 years and wrecked the overall integrity of the entire roof?

Sometime you can get away with simply patching your roof.   Look for these issues to help answer the question, “How do I know when to replace my roof?”

Inspect your roof and its underbelly and look for these types of issues.

Leakage in Attic After Wind-Driven Rain

Roof replacment issues in the decking

Leak in roof shingle and decking

Possible cause: Leaky or inadequate shingle underlayment or deteriorated flashing

 

Leakage in Attic After Ice Build-Up

Ice damage indicating roof replacement time

Crack in the roof

Possible cause: Inadequate shingle underlayment allows water from ice dams to leak into attic

 

Blistering and/or Peeling of Interior and/or Exterior paint

High heat damage indicating possible roof replacement need

Blistering or Peeling Paint

Possible cause: Excessive temperature or high humidity due to poor attic ventilation

 

In the next post we’ll look at a few more danger signals which can signify roof damage which help you answer the question,”How do I know when to replace my roof?”

 

Confused or want more information? Trying to understand the costs associated with replacing a roof?  Call, email, post to Facebook, or tweet to us. No Fee, No Obligation, Just help for you.

Don’t want to talk to anyone and just want a quick, satellite photograph measurement to help estimate the cost for your roof?  Order the Quick Report

If you have a specific roof issue and can send us a photo via email, Facebook, or Twitter, we will do our best to advise you on the specific issue.