Your roof is an important home part, protecting the interior and exterior from the elements. But it can also cause serious problems if not repaired correctly. The good news is that Amarillo Roofing Companies can fix many common roof problems. However, some issues are more difficult to repair than others.
Roofing shingles are a critical element of your home’s roof system. They’re your first defense against wind, rain, and harsh weather conditions that can erode your roof deck and cause serious damage. If you notice a damaged shingle, remove it to assess the extent of the damage. Then, determine how many shingles you need to replace and the location of those you’ll need to remove. Once you’ve safely climbed up onto your roof and cleared away any debris, slide your flat pry bar under the shingle directly above the damaged one and run it along its edge (Photo 1). This should break the asphalt sealant between the two shingles.
You can then remove the nails holding the damaged shingle to the roof deck. After that, remove the nails on the shingle directly above it, using the same flat pry bar. Then, slide the new shingle into the gap. It should have a front edge aligned with the other shingles on either side and a back edge under the shingles in row above it. When your roof leaks, one of the most likely culprits is a damaged or improperly installed flashing. This includes flashing around chimneys, vent pipes, skylights and other roof penetrations. The flashing is an impervious material that is placed between shingles and other roofing materials to prevent water from seeping through or causing damage to your roof. It is typically made from copper, aluminum or galvanized steel. Repairing flashing is an important part of any roof repair. It helps keep water from leaking into your home and can extend the lifespan of your roof. The main areas where flashing is required are along the edges of a roof, valleys, chimneys, vent pipes and skylights. It is also necessary at joints where building materials meet in the plane of a wall.
Gutters are a vital part of the roof system that catches water runoff and directs it away from your home. A working gutter system can prevent costly structural damage like cracked or weakened foundations. The best way to keep your gutters functioning well is to inspect them at least once a year. This includes removing debris and checking for cracks in the seams and joints where leaks are common. Broken seams, in particular, should be repaired promptly. A professional gutter contractor can bond many seams with a powerful sealant that creates an airtight, durable seal. Loose hangers and downspouts are two other common issues that can cause gutter leaks. These are usually caused by weather damage. Generally, these problems are easily fixed, but if they’re severe, a professional may recommend replacing the entire gutter system. They may also recommend re-pitching, adjusting or cleaning the gutters to improve their performance.
Fascia is a crucial element of roof repair because it covers the gutter system and is the mounting surface for shingles. It also provides a finished edge for your roof that contributes to curb appeal and moisture prevention. Homeowners often get confused between fascia and soffit, but it’s important to understand that they are separate components that play different roles in your home. A fascia board is a long, straight wood board that runs along the lower edge of a roof and helps keep water away from your house. It connects to rafters, trusses and other parts of the roof. The most common cause of fascia damage is excess moisture. This is most often the result of a leak in the roof or a problem with the gutters. The excess moisture can then rot and weaken fascia boards. It is important to fix these issues before replacing the fascia. If you notice any issues with your fascia, call a roofing professional for assistance.