Oldsmar experiences extreme climates year-round. Summer is intensely hot with the potential to rain all year round. In this article, I will discuss the most common roofing issue we see in Oldsmar along with a solution.
1. Roof leaks
Like everywhere else, roof leaks are the main problem in Oldsmar as well. The year-round rain will deteriorate your roof and will eventually cause issues. A leak will often damage other areas on your home so it’s best to be proactive when it comes to these issues.
Your roof should be checked periodically and the surface of the roof should be cleaned often to avoid debris build-up. The attic should be inspected for any dampness or water seepage. In the event of such seepage, its source should be searched out and corrected. If you cannot discover this get help from a roofing professional because the signs of leakage often appear very far from the source. Immediate correction is crucial to avoid incurring extra expenditures.
2. Missing shingles
The windy summer weather in Oldsmar often blows off the shingles creating gaps through which water enters the roof causing damage to the underlay and decking.
It is easy to notice the missing shingles. If there are only a few shingles missing, this can be done as a DIY job. However, if the damage is extensive and you have no prior experience with roof work then it is better to seek the help of a professional roofer. The missing shingles should be replaced on an emergency basis.
3. Damaged shingles
Asphalt shingles are affected by extreme heat and are likely to buckle or curl. If this phenomenon is not noticed on time, edges and corners of the shingles will eventually break off.
During summer, inspections using a pair of binoculars are recommended. This can be done without climbing on the roof. It’s often a sign it’s time to call a professional if cracks or breakages are detected.
4. Flashing damages
Extreme weather can affect the flashings on the roof. These are structures that occur along the valleys, around the chimneys and skylights. The metal pieces that constitute these flashings can be displaced or curled by the wind. The metal pieces or caulking can develop cracks through which water seepage is possible.
Replacing the metal sheets is more advisable, unless yours is a new roof. In the case of a new roof, the metal pieces can be straightened and cemented afresh. If the caulking has developed cracks or portions of the same have been broken off, the whole caulking should be removed and the area should be cleaned well before applying fresh cement or caulking.
5. Roof vent damages
The roof vents and plumbing points are covered with rubber housing. These housing can be damaged over time forming slits and holes. If the roof vents are not properly covered, insects and rodents can infest your attic. If the vents are covered too tightly, ventilation issues also can arise. It is vital to recognize the type of damage before correcting it. If you are unable to do it, it is good to call an experienced roofer.
This can be done in two easy ways. Either you can replace the housing altogether or replace the boot only. This should then be fixed to the roof. If the vent is damaged completely it is better to replace it. If the attic is humid, it means that ventilation is not effective. This calls for the installation of new vents.
6. Siding damages
Storm and hurricane winds can blow off parts of your roof including the siding. Any gap in the siding should be corrected immediately.
The damaged siding should be fully removed and replaced with new one. It should be fixed using roof cement. This usually needs the help of an experienced roofer.
7. Gutter clogging and water pooling
Clogged gutters are a bane for the health of a roof. So is the water pooling on the roof. Both these faults will create major leaking issues. Faulty installation or an aging roof can produce small depressions on the roof causing water to pool in them. This will eventually produce algal growth which will cause deterioration of shingles.
Gutters and down spouts should be cleaned by removing debris and shingle granules in order to facilitate free run-off. The water pooling also should be corrected by a professional roofer. The algal growth should be cleaned and if the shingles show signs of deterioration, they should be replaced without delay.
8. Tree Damage
The roof damage caused by falling of tree limbs from the nearby vegetation is a common hazard in places like Oldsmar where hurricanes are common occurrences.
Hurricane preparedness include pruning the nearby vegetation. If the roof is affected by tree damage it is a job for a professional roofer. Whatever be the damage, when it affects your roof it should be corrected without delay. Proactive repairs and maintenance work are also essential for sustaining your roof health.