All roofing systems have their own sets of inherent problem areas. It’s just a matter of keeping your roof in good shape to avoid potential disaster. Read on as Minnesota’s 1st Choice shows you some of the more common problem areas so you can better maintain your roof.
This is the trim running parallel to and perpendicular under a roof edge, usually a wooden board or sheet metal that secures your gutter to the roof. The fascia protects the edge of the roof from water. Moisture is the main cause of problems with your fascia because it leads to rot and damage. Contact a roofing contractor immediately if you notice an issue.
The soffit is the exposed surface below the roof eave, fascia and rafters. It allows air to circulate in the attic through vents. This drives heat and moisture away from the house. Ventilating the attic through soffits prevents rot development in the sheathing and rafters. Check for cracks, holes, and rot where water or insects and small animals can enter.
Flashings seal areas where the actual roof covering gets interrupted or terminated, such as roof edges, perimeters, penetrations, walls, valleys and drains. They keep these areas safe from water intrusion that causes leaks. Flashing usually deteriorates because of corrosion or due to physical damage, such as coming loose, so check this common problem area after every storm. Consult professional home improvement contractors for flashing repair as soon as you discover them.
Gutters should keep water away from the vulnerable parts of your roof. When your gutters become clogged with debris, water backs up and into the fascia, where it’s attached, and sometimes soaks through the interior of the roof. In addition, the excess weight makes the gutter sag, sometimes even detaching itself completely from the roof. When gutters fail, leaks or holes appear.
Minnesota’s 1st Choice addresses the common problems in roofing and other property improvement matters, including fence installation. Call us at (507) 200-4422 or (651) 333-4520 to request an estimate. We serve homeowners in Rochester, MN, and other nearby areas.