Roofing your home can provide more than safety and security; it can also add value to your property and enhance its curb appeal. But, done wrong it can cause costly problems down the road. Problems with a roof can arise for a variety of reasons but often boil down to improper installation and the use of substandard materials.
Leaks Around Vents.
Roof vents are essential for proper air circulation and moisture control in your attic, but they can also be a major source of leaks. If vents are not properly sealed with caulk, they can create gaps that allow water to seep into the attic. Make sure you get your roofing contractor to check all vents for proper sealing. It’s important to use a proper sealant around any vents installed in the roof, as well as inspect them during periodic maintenance checks.
Improper roof flashing.
Flashing on your roof helps to create a waterproof barrier against moisture, making it an essential tool in preventing roof leaks. Unfortunately, the wrong type of flashing can be easily installed and cause problems down the road. Make sure you get your contractor or inspector to double-check the flashing installation and use only materials that are rated for outdoor exposure and UV protection.
Insulating your roof prevents heat transfer between your attic and exterior environment, helping to keep energy costs low. But inadequate amounts of insulation can result in roof damage as excess heat builds up on the surface of the roof during hot summer months. To ensure proper insulation levels, have your contractor measure R-values (a measure of thermal resistance) throughout the entire attic space before installing any insulation material.
Poorly installed shingles and shingle tabbing.
When installing new shingles, it’s important that each one is firmly attached to its underlying layer with a strong adhesive. If any are not properly secured, they may blow off during high winds or heavy rains, leaving gaps that can let moisture seep into your home. Additionally, make sure there is no visible gap between tabs when inspecting the overall installation of shingles.
Poor Ventilation System.
One of the most common causes of roof leaks is the improper installation or absence of sufficient attic ventilation. Without proper air flow, heat and moisture can build up in your attic and cause damage to the roof over time. Make sure you have an adequate system in place to ventilate your home, as it will help reduce wear and tear on the roof and extend its lifespan.
Granule loss and curling shingle edges.
Shingles come with a protective layer of granules guard against the elements. If you notice any missing granules or curled edges, it may be an of weak installation or inadequate protection from ultraviolet rays and other weather conditions. Have your contractor inspect for weakened areas on the roof so they can be quickly repaired before more serious damage occurs.
Inadequate Roof Pitch.
An improper pitch on a roof can lead to water pooling on top of the shingles instead of draining off properly. This leads to premature wear-and-tear, as well as potential leaks and other damage over time. Make sure that whoever is doing the work understands how important proper roof pitch is for protecting your home from water damage in the future.
Storm damage and clogged gutters.
Storms and strong winds can cause shingles to loosen, blow off or suffer other damage. Additionally, clogged gutters can prevent water from draining off the roof properly and lead to pooling on the surface of your roof. Have your contractor inspect for any storm damage as soon as possible after a major weather event, and make sure that all gutters are free of debris.
By being proactive about these potential problems when it comes to roofing, can avoid costly repairs and extend the life of your home’s roof in the long run. Consult with a reputable contractor if you have any doubts about the condition of your existing roof or are considering installing a new one. With the right information, you can ensure your roof is up to the task of protecting your home for years.
A professional roofing company in Mississauga, ON.
At Cadillacs Roofing, we understand the importance of having a strong and reliable roof. Our team of experienced contractors is dedicated to providing quality roofing solutions that are built to last. We specialize in roof installation, repair, maintenance, and inspection services for both residential and commercial clients in Mississauga and the surrounding area. If you are looking for a reliable contractor who will treat your home with the care it deserves, contact Cadillacs Roofing today.