Understanding Common Roof Issues and Their Causes, Part 1

At Knockout Roofing, we’re proud to provide roof repair for any structure that requires it, from commercial to residential roofing repair. Our team of expert roofing technicians will help you assess the problem and determine the proper course of action for the most cost-effective solution.

In addition to our services assisting you with any damage that may have taken place on your roof, we’re also here to help you note the causes of such damage and take steps toward preventing it in the future. There are a few different sources of roof issues out there, and having a broad general knowledge of them can help you avoid these problems moving forward. This two-part blog will go over some of the various categories to be aware of here.

common roof issues causes

Installation Issues

In many cases, roofing problems can be traced back to the installation that took place months or years ago. There are several mistakes possible from inexperienced roof installers, whether we’re talking about proper fastenings and balance, insulation concerns, flashing or other areas.

Whenever you’re considering a new roof, installation should be a top priority. Ensure you only hire a licensed, insured professional with experience installing your specific roofing material onto buildings like yours.

Flashing Problems

A related installation area is that of flashing, which is designed to seal off areas you don’t want moisture making its way into. Flashing is commonly used for areas like chimneys, vent pipes, skylights and other roofing elements, but like any other roofing material, it will cause problems if it’s not installed correctly. Blown-off tiles are a frequent result of poor flashing, as are open seams that form in several areas.

Leaking Concerns

In many cases, design or installation defects on a roof show their first visible signs in the form of leakage. The roof is the first line of defense against rain, snow, hail and other elements, and if you notice moisture beginning to make its way through to the interior of your structure, this is a significant concern. If it’s not addressed quickly, mold and rot are potential trickle-down effects.

Standing Water

In other situations, water may begin to pool up on certain areas of the roof. This is often due to debris that’s built up, such as tree branches or other large items that block water flow to the proper gutter areas. It could also be due to HVAC units that have drainage problems, or to poorly positioned gutters.

Pest and Animal Infestations

If you hear movement on the roof regularly, or even if you just notice damage that has no other easily explainable cause, it’s possible animals or pests have invaded. The most common visitors here are birds, but you could also deal with small rodents or even smaller insect pest infestations. If you discover any evidence of these concerns, contact pest control services immediately to remedy the problem before it grows.

For more on the common problems that may affect your roof over time, or to learn about any of our roofing repair services or products, speak to the roofing contractors at Knockout Roofing today.