Roofs by Nicholas roof repair services are here when you need us. If you are having issues with a leaking or damaged roof, call us at 800-266-7348.
Roof leaks result from a variety of causes including storm damage, falling tree limbs, people walking on the roof, weathered and worn shingles, faulty underlayment, and more. Often, roof leaks are the result of improper installation or metal flashing that is defective. This metal flashing is typically found near any are of the roof that is penetrated by objects such as chimneys and skylights, or in areas where roof angles join together such as walls and valley areas. Finally, poorly installed or missing roof shingles, which are occasionally nailed incorrectly, may contribute to leaking roofs and require either repair or replacement.
Certain measures should be taken to keep your roof leak free. One of these measures is removing any debris from your roof and rain gutters. This is because accumulated debris creates a barrier to the natural flow of rain. This barrier can result in water being pushed sideways, which can cause it to seep under the shingles or flashing and flow over the top of your roof’s nails and flashing. This kind of water flow can cause roof damage and leaks. Also, buildup of debris promotes moss growth, and the spread of wood destroying organisms, which can cause premature breakdown of roofing materials and eventually roof failure. Roof and gutter debris is most often an issue around chimneys, skylights walls, vents, pipes, valleys, cricket, and areas of the roof with low slopes. Debris in these areas should be removed before it builds up and creates a problem.
There are so many things that can lead to roof leaks and damage. That is why it is a good idea for homeowners to have their roofs inspected several times a year so that it can be cleared off as needed. It is especially important to have the roof inspected in the winter and spring. One roof inspection is not enough because debris and leaves do not accumulate all at one time, so clearing off the roof once a year allows buildup to occur for long periods of time. It is important to know, however, that inexperienced workers and homeowners walking on the roof can cause many types of roofs to be damaged. Not to mention there is a chance of slipping and falling off the roof. A roof that is damaged by an inexperienced worker will likely develop a leak. To avoid this issue, it is a good idea to make sure only experienced people walk and work on the roof.
Finally, clogged downspouts can be damaging to a home’s roof and gutters. They often times result in an overflowing gutter. Most homes have an eave overhang, which means an overflowing gutter will not result in water entering the home, but instead the water might just damage the overhang. However, if your home does not have an overhang, gutter overflow could result in water seeping into your home. This means that it is critical to have clear gutters and downspouts. Clearing clogged downspouts is fairly simple, and can be accomplished by simply removing debris from the gutter or using a short blast of water. However, if the clogs are severe, they may require removal of the downspouts and careful cleaning.
Since there are so many things that can cause roof damage, regular roof inspections are very important for homeowners. Springtime is often the most popular time for roof inspection because the storms and heavy rains during that time often make homeowners think more about the condition of their roof. Luckily, the fair weather here in North Texas allows homeowners opportunities to replace of repair their roof at any time during the year. So instead of waiting for roof problems to result in costly interior or exterior problems, call us for a Free analysis and estimate on repair or replacement.