Roofing systems are designed to withstand years of exposure to the elements. However, some areas are more vulnerable to wear and tear. Here are the most vulnerable areas of a roof and how to keep them in good shape.
The roof edge bears the brunt of high winds. Without proper reinforcement, wind can easily lift off the first few rows of shingles. If your roof is up for replacement, choose a roofing system that features starter strips reinforced with adhesive. Without a gap for the wind to hold on to, your roof is less likely to sustain damage when high winds strike. If you notice gaps between the decking and the first row of shingles, have it repaired by your roofing contractor.
Flashing is comprised of strips of metal that protect breaks in the roof, such as on valleys and where the roof meets a wall. Sometimes, flashing gets dislodged by wind or spent sealant. If this happens, leaks are more likely to occur the next time it rains. Flashing replacement is one of the most common reasons for professional roof repair and shouldn’t take more than a day to finish.
Chimneys and Vent Pipes
Chimneys and vent pipes that penetrate the roof have a special kind of flashing called a rubber boot. Like flashing, this protects the part of the roof where the vent pipe and the roof plane meet. Rubber boots may develop cracks as they become brittle from exposure to sunlight and will eventually have to be replaced.
In addition to signs of water damage, you should also take note of the attic temperature. If it feels hot and humid, your attic may not be venting air as it should be. Without proper air circulation, the attic becomes vulnerable to warping that leads to structural damage. Ridge vents can be installed after the roof is already completed. Large roofs may require electric or solar-powered exhaust fans.
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