Here’s something you probably didn’t know: most roof problems have anything to do with the shingles. It’s a shocking fact, considering that they are the first thing that you think of when you picture a roof. But the reality is that most roofing issues surround the several other components that make up a roof. Here are 5 things that you should get checked out on your next roof inspection.
Several leaks occur not from the fault of the shingles, but from the chimney. Whether it be through the facing or the cap, a chimney in bad condition is more likely to let the elements in than anything. If you have one in your home, make sure that it is checked routinely.
Here is a tip: if you have an older skylight, get a new one installed alongside your new roof. Skylights are much less layered and reinforced than roofs, and yet because they face the sky, they are subject to the exact same elemental rigor as its neighboring shingles. Make sure that the structural integrity of the skylight is secure, and that the sealing around it is seamless. If you are not sure, or if you deem it unsafe to climb up there to take a look(smart move), give us a call.
Sometimes leaks come through not only the roof but the walls as well, especially during stormy weather. Faulty siding or compromised side walls can be just as much a culprit and can cause just as much, if not more, damage. Next time you have an inspection, ask to have the surrounding walls checked as well. It is much easier to fix the problem while the roof is up as opposed to having to pry apart a piece of the house to access the issue. If there is an issue with your siding, we’d be glad to help.
If not routinely maintained and cleaned, gutters can back up water and allow infiltration when you least expect it. Overflow can result in water pouring into the facia boards in the roof as well as the window head areas. Installing an apron system can alleviate many of these problems, as well as a regular clean.
Condensation from AC units occasionally can pool within the attic and leak into the living area. Therefore, it is important to make sure that your pipe work is installed properly, and in good condition.
These are just some of the things that can result in a leak. Many people don’t take into account the several other pieces a roof comprises of, and as a result are blind to the many other things that could possibly go wrong. If you feel that your roof may be at risk, contact us for an inspection.