Whether a roof is covered in shingles or made of rubber, exposure to the elements makes the topmost layer of any structure prone to develop some common problems. Here are three roofing issues to look out for with any type of roof.
1. Damaged Materials
Roofing materials may sustain damage from sudden impact or slowly degrade over the years. A hole or puncture can lead to a leak that damages the lower levels of a roof and may also result in interior water damage.
All roofing materials wear down over time. When properly installed, asphalt or composition shingles can last for 15 to 30 years. Wood shingles have an average lifespan of 20 to 25 years. A rubber roof can last anywhere from 30 to 50 years while metal roofing may endure for up to 75 years.
2. Blocked Drainage
Prolonged exposure to standing water may cause any type of roofing material to wear down prematurely or develop other problems. Many roofing issues can be prevented by ensuring that drainage is clear.
It is a good idea to clean gutters in the late fall and spring to prevent water from pooling on a roof. Any signs of shingle granules in gutters may indicate that these materials are damaged and require repair or replacement.
3. Overhanging Trees
A structure surrounded by tall trees runs a higher risk of roof damage. Fallen limbs can cause surface or structural damage. Even rubbing branches will gradually cause uneven wear on materials. Regularly trim or prune trees to avoid contact or impact and discourage animals from accessing a roof.