Small problems with your roof, left untreated, can lead to bigger problems for your home. Just one peeled edge on a shingle can let in water that can seep into the underlayment and then into your home, causing rot and allowing mold and mildew to spread like a virus. Just one loose piece of flashing can do the same. The earlier you spot these problems, the earlier you can determine potential damage and if a new roof may be needed. The five weakest spots on roofs you can look out for are shingles to repair, having sturdy gutter systems, preventing cracks in flashing, the risk of fascia rot, and stopping holes in soffit boards.
Weakest Spots on Roofs and How to Protect Them
Knowing the weak parts of your roof and what you should do to ensure they aren’t compromised, resulting in roof failure is an important part of roof maintenance and owning a home. Taking time to repair shingles, having sturdy gutter systems in place to keep rain off, preventing cracks in flashing around vulnerable seams and areas of your roof prone to leaks, recognizing the risk of fascia rot and when to repair it, or stopping holes in soffit boards by replacing your roof when it’s time are all necessary components of keeping a roof in good condition.
Neven neglect to take these steps and care for your roof properly, it does the important job of protecting your home and other assets as well. Here are the five weakest areas of your roof and how to protect them so you can avoid roof failure or damage:
Repairing Less Durable Shingles
Shingles aren’t as durable as tile, and don’t hold up as well during the extreme temperatures of our Phoenix summers. Shingles can blister, buckle or curl in the heat, and the granules can begin to degrade, which you will likely see in the gutters. The strong monsoons that blow through in the summer and early fall are also likely to rip off shingles or can knock them loose. Any of these issues can provide an entryway for water, leading to more serious damage. Thus, shingles can often be one of the weakest spots on roofs. Make sure to have shingles replaced in a timely manner, and if you notice signs of your asphalt roof becoming degraded or damaged suddenly, don’t hesitate to address the problem. Get an inspection to see what repairs or maintenance might be needed right away.
Having Sturdy Gutter Systems
Having sturdy gutter systems in place on your roof is essential during the Arizona monsoon season. Without it, rain would pool around your home and damage your siding and foundation. If your gutters are clogged, the water can also backup to your roof, damaging the roofing materials, soffit or fascia. All three of these areas are some of the weakest spots on roofs, and a badly functioning gutter puts all of these at risk. Any of these issues can lead to major repairs, and it is a much cheaper, safer, and less complicated route to have a regular maintenance or inspection plan in place and to keep your roof and gutters cleaned. You can avoid running into unexpected, costly problems with water damage if you persist in keeping your gutters in good condition.
Preventing Cracks in Flashing
Flashing refers to the components that seal the roofing materials around chimneys, vents, and other openings or connections on your roof. Flashing is also used in valleys and in places where the roof meets a wall. Flashing is made of aluminum or steel in most cases, and the material can either rust or come loose. Any cracks or openings around the flashing are an entry point for water, which can be devastating to a roof and other building materials. Preventing cracks in flashing is important, and having a roof inspection routinely to check on the condition of the roof, specifically these weakest spots on roofs, can give you a hint about when flashing repairs may be needed.
Risk of Fascia Rot
The fascia are the horizontal boards running along the edge of your roof, just under the eave. This is the border you see around the home — kind of like trim for the roof. The fascia protects the roof edge and serves as an anchor for your gutter system. Over time, the fascia can begin to rot, which will allow water to seep into the roof and will weaken your gutter system. Understanding the risk of fascia rot, recognizing the signs that yours needs replacing, and acting promptly to take care of necessary maintenance for your roof will protect you and your home from unexpected roof failure and damage. Having a professional evaluate the condition of your roof regularly can help a lot with this process.
Stopping Holes in Soffit
The soffit are the boards running between the fascia and your home, closing the gap between your roof eave and your home. Without it, you would see plain rafters and the underside of your roof. It also plays a key role in the ventilation of your home and keeps pests out of your attic or roof. If the soffit develops cracks or holes, critters can get inside and wreak havoc on your home. Stopping holes in soffit boards and getting them fixed right away is important. You might start seeing leaks anywhere if the soffit is not properly taken care of.
At Stapleton Roofing, our team of experts works with clients throughout Arizona giving inspections, doing repairs and maintenance, and keeping roofs in great condition. We would love to work with you and perform the maintenance your roof needs. We pay attention to the weakest spots on roofs and make sure no damage or roof failure from these areas, or any part of your roof, will pose a threat to you or your home. Get in touch with us and find out why residents in your community love working with us and have trusted us for generations of great roofing service. Stapleton Roofing provides expert roof advice and if needed, new roof installation in Phoenix. We’ll make sure that your Phoenix home is protected and with a new roof you won’t have to worry about further damage. Contact us today or call us at (602) 755-6250 to learn more about our Phoenix roofing services.