Listed below are a few of the more common problems we encounter during roof inspections.
Leaks can develop on any roof for many reasons. Any protrusions through a roof, such as soil stacks, soil pipes, air vents or skylights are all areas where we see leaks. Flashings on walls and chimneys are also common areas. Leaks travel and may appear in an area far from the source of the leak. If you think your roof has developed a leak, call a professional and have him inspect the area..
Ice dams are formed when heat from the inside of a home escapes into the attic and warms the roof decking during the winter. This heat, combined with heat from the sun, can melt snow on the roof. Melting snow on the upper roof and in the valleys then runs down toward the eaves as water. When it reaches the cold eaves and gutters it re-freezes. The continual thaw and re-freeze process creates ice dams. The result is water backing up under the roof shingles or behind fascia boards where it can soak through the roof decking or walls sheathing, causing damage to attics, ceilings and walls.
It is important to have ventilation in the attic so any heat lost from the interior of the home is drawn up and out of the attic. Adequate attic ventilation will help the roof deck stay cool. Another benefit of having your attic ventilated is that it allows for moisture that rises into the attic from things such as bathing, cooking and the laundry to escape. Unchecked moisture can promote mold, mildew, and wood rot.