Understanding Common Roof Issues and Their Causes, Part 2

In part one of this two-part blog, we went over some of the most common roofing issues that may develop on a given structure. Roofs contain several important components, and maintaining their integrity and protective qualities means ensuring each of these is in good shape and is not experiencing damage or long-term wear-and-tear.

At Knockout Roofing, we’re proud to provide a wide range of commercial and residential roofing repair services for your every possible need in this area. There are many such issues that can be avoided with proper care and maintenance of the roof and surrounding areas, however. Today’s part two will dig into a few additional possible concerns, plus how to prevent and remedy them if they’re becoming a problem for your roof.

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Ventilation Concerns

One of the most important factors for any roof is ventilation, which is a big player in regulating the temperature and moisture levels present on the roof. Without proper air circulation, the roof is exposed to a few potentially significant issues, including buildups of ice, water runoff issues and the formation of mold or mildew.

In addition, ventilation problems can lead to a major uptick in your energy bill. They often cause the home to lose valuable warm air during the winter and important cool air during the summer, raising the strain on your HVAC system to heat or cool the entire home properly.

Tree Limbs and Physical Damage

When it comes to physical impact and related damage, large tree limbs are likely the biggest danger to your roof. If they aren’t controlled and are tall enough to reach to roof level, they can rub against the surface, wearing away at top shingle layers and even knocking off shingles during high winds.

Whether on your own or with the assistance of an arborist, we strongly recommend trimming back tree limbs that are anywhere near the roof – or even near walls and siding, which they can also damage easily.

Shrinkage, Blistering and Membrane Issues

In some cases, often combined with poor ventilation issues we went over above, your roof membrane may shrink over time. This will cause cracks in the upper roof layer, which in turn may lead to blistering, splitting and erosion on the surface of the roof.

Poor or Lacking Maintenance

Finally, the roof of any home or building requires regular inspections and simple maintenance tasks completed to remain in optimal shape. These kinds of inspections and upkeep areas prevent smaller issues from devolving into much larger ones, saving you major costs down the road and extending the lifespan of your roof, regardless of its type or demands.

For more on common roof problems and how to address them, or to learn about any of our roofing contractors and what we can do for you, speak to the staff at Knockout Roofing today.