All roofing work—roofing installation, repair, and maintenance—should be left to professionals. But roofing problems may appear between scheduled maintenance appointments. In this blog, residential roofing company Enchantment Roofing discusses common roofing problems that you need to be familiar with.
Insufficient Roof Ventilation
Proper attic ventilation is an often overlooked aspect of roofing design. Trapped heat and moisture in the attic can damage the insulation and the roofing structure, so there should be vents that allow proper air circulation. Since heat naturally rises, the exhaust vents are typically located at the ridges. Intake vents should be located at the soffit. If properly designed, there should be continuous airflow that should keep the attic temperature more or less the same as the outdoors.
If your attic feels hot and humid, then there may be ventilation issues. Fortunately, the roof won’t have to be torn down just to correct this problem, as ridge and soffit vents can be installed on existing roofs. It should, however, be corrected as soon as possible to minimize the damage to the roofing structure. In case the ridge and soffit vents turn out to be insufficient, exhaust fans can be installed on the roof.
Improper Use of Sealant on the Flashing
Components such as flashing requires the right amount of sealant, and a residential or commercial roof repair service contractor would know better than to use too little or too much of it. Use too little sealant and it will allow leaks, use too much and the sealant will crack as it dries. Consult your roofer if you can replace the sealant yourself; in most cases, it should be replaced by a roofing professional.
Missing Drip Edge
The drip edge is a type of flashing installed on the roof edge. The profile is typically shaped like an inverted letter “L” or “T”. Drip edges prevent rainwater from seeping into the roof deck through capillary action. Not all roofers include drip edges during installation, so if you’re not your home’s first owner, it’s worth it to check the roof for drip edges. Like the aforementioned ridge vents, drip edges can be installed on existing roofs by a roofing contractor.
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