Parts of a Roof and Their Problems

A roof is not a single unit that sits atop a house, but rather a combination of parts that work together to protect your home and property from the elements. Each area of a roofing system serves a specific purpose and will experience problems throughout its life. It is important to know each part of your roof, and what problems can arise.

Slate, asphalt, cedar, metal, or any other material of shingles are used to protect the actual wooden roofing of your home. Over time shingles can begin to discolor, lose their shape, and lift up from harsh winds. Damaged shingles can compromise the roof, leading to leaks and water damage. As soon as you notice a few of your shingles have become damaged or missing, call to have them repaired immediately.

Flashings are metal sheets that are installed under the shingles to seal any crevices where different parts of the roof meet. This is done to help prevent roof leaks from occurring. Chimneys, skylights, ventilation systems, and the perimeter of the roof are areas where flashing is installed. The metal can eventually oxidize and deteriorate, requiring eventual replacement.

Gutters are installed along the perimeter of the roof to guide rainwater away from your home. They can easily become clogged with leaves and other debris which can cause water to overflow. Backed up gutters can result in roof leaks as well as flooding on your property. An overflow of water or harsh winds can also cause pieces of the gutter system to disconnect or break. Be sure to clean your gutters multiple times per year and inspect them for damage.

To see other problem areas of a roof system, click here.

A roofing system consists of multiple parts, and each one will run into their own set of problems. Inspecting your roof multiple times per year is optimal for making sure there is no damage. If you happen to need a repair, Preferred Exterior has your back! Schedule a free estimate today by calling us at (516) 354-7252.

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