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7 Most Common Roof Defects

Roof problems can lead to unforeseeable expenses. Some of these issues result from improper installation; however, other failures stem from weather elements or aging. When not promptly addressed, roof problems can become worse. Here are seven defects that are typically found during a roof inspection.

Blocked or Cracked Lead Valleys

When debris blocks a lead valley, water can overflow and cause more issues. A contractor can easily unblock the valley for a fully functioning roof. If there are cracks and leaks in the lead, repairing the problem is a bigger task than unblocking it and may permit a remodeling project.

Broken and Slipped Slates

Storms and high winds can crack or break tiles and slates. Also, nail corrosion and rotted wood can cause slates to slip. In some cases, only the broken slates need replacing, but broken slates or tiles may be a sign that a roof replacement is necessary.

Damaged or Faulty Flashing

The purpose of flashing is to seal roof openings like chimneys, skylights, and vent pipes. Oxidation and weathering can quickly damage a roof. When flashing is not installed correctly, the faulty flashing can damage tiles and expose open seams.

Improper Ventilation

Without adequate ventilation, moisture and heat can build in the attic. Over time, condensation and mold may develop as a result. Appropriately installed vents near the roof’s ridge and at its base can prevent these issues by letting in cool air through the bottom and releasing warm air through the top.

Leaks and Moisture

Leaks indicate a serious problem. When moisture accumulates within the roof’s layers, rot and mold will eventually occur. If left unrepaired, the issue will become more extensive and require additional repairs. Since the rafters support the roof’s weight, moisture in the rafters is an urgent problem that needs immediate attention.

Overhanging Limbs

Tree limbs that hang over a roof can make contact with the roof when winds are high, wearing down the roof’s protective coating. Fallen branches may also cause damage, and fallen leaves can block valleys and gutters. To prevent these problems, homeowners should remove or trim back the offending trees.

Standing Water

If water does not drain after it hails, rains, sleets or snows, water will remain on the roof for a long time. Standing water eventually causes the roof to sag, creating a dip for more water to accumulate. A buildup of debris or obstructed gutters can cause standing water on the roof and lead to costly repairs if allowed to persist.

Is it time for a new roof? The remodeling experts at Quality Remodeling can inspect your roof and suggest the most appropriate remodeling project for your Chicago home. We have years of remodeling experience and have the ability to bring your ideas to life! Contact us today to discuss your remodeling ideas and schedule an estimate.

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