Roofs are hardy home structures that withstand everything mother nature has to throw at them — wind, rain, snow, and ice. And, while their durability is constantly being tested, they do, from time-to-time, require roof shingle repair and replacement.

Following a major Gainesville storm, your roof may be left in shambles. At Brett Hayse Exterior Specialists, we are your local roofers that tackle roof damage left in mother nature’s wake. Learn more about problem areas of your roof and how you can partner with roofing specialists to mitigate these issues in today’s post.

The Frequent Problem Areas of Your Roof

Your roof is subjected to a multitude of issues that can cause greater wear and tear if not addressed quickly. As a homeowner, there are so many tasks you have to check off to keep your home in optimal condition, so below we have listed the most frequent roofing issues you’ll likely encounter.


Roofing specialists keep your roof in good shape for better longevity!


Roofing Trim

Roofing professionals often refer to roofing trim as “fascia” but whatever you refer to it as, this is the roofing piece that runs horizontally or the board along your roof’s line. The materials that typically comprise the trim are metal and wood. Its main function is as a barrier between the edge of the roof and the outside environment, specifically water. It will keep water out from the exterior and help to protect the interior water damage by blocking its ability to get in.  

Your roofing trim can become damaged over time from exposure to the elements, so if you happen to notice moisture around this area, your trim may be vulnerable to exterior and interior water damage.

If you are unsure about this issue, consider scheduling routine maintenance with your trusted roofer.

Flashings

Flashings are the components that help seal the walls, valleys, edges, and drains around your roof, and function as another barrier to the outdoor elements anywhere the roofing materials may be exposed. If it is not regularly checked, they can become the main source of weather damage to your home.

Flashings are made from both galvanized steel and aluminum and will be placed around structures such as chimneys, skylights, and windows. Because the metal becomes warped from oxidation and weather, its deterioration can cause weather like rain and snow to penetrate and cause damage.    

Ensure that when you are getting your flashing replaced, the roofing contractors cut and from their own flashings for a precise fit, instead of pre-cut and shaped pieces.

Soffit

The soffit is the part of the roof that where the overhang and exterior house walls meet and is the structure directly beneath the overhang. The soffit will likely have ventilation, which helps air to circulate through the vents to prevent heat and moisture from accumulating. If your home has an attic, it is also great for circulation and temperature regulation in that space.

Because soffits prevent weather damage from your home, they are often crafted from vinyl, which is superb for its water-resistance and low price point.

The soffit can become damaged from wear and tear and will generally show its age with holes, cracks, and rotting.

Gutters

Gutters function to carry excess water away from the roof to protect your home’s structural integrity from water damage, but if they become blocked with debris, they can easily get backed up or freeze, causing direct harm to your roof.

The best way to prevent this is to be diligent and keep your gutters clear of yard debris.

Roofs are stout and durable ready and able to protect your home from all types of weather conditions if taken care of properly. The most common roof issues you’ll run into concern the flashings, soffit, and gutters. Ensure regular professional maintenance, in addition to basic upkeep as a homeowner.

To schedule routine roof maintenance, connect with us today!