Frisco is a spectacular place to live – but our weather can really be hard on your roof. While the best roofing contractors in the city help their clients choose materials that will stand up to the sun, rain, hail and heat, sometimes there’s no way around roof damage.
5 Common Roofing Problems in Frisco
The average asphalt roof is made to last between 20 and 30 years, and as roofs age, they’re more prone to damage. All roofs – even brand-new installations – can be subject to storm damage, too. But even without storm damage, the weather is hard on materials in Frisco and the surrounding communities. The five most common roofing problems we see include:
- Poor installation
- Leaks and moisture incursion
- Tree damage
- Ventilation issues
- Ponding water
Each of these issues can be repaired – but you need a free roof inspection to identify the problems.
A faulty installation is more common than you think. We see it most often in older roofs, but sometimes newer roofs age before their time or are extremely susceptible to water damage because they weren’t built, sealed or finished properly.
Leaks and Moisture Incursion
Water can do serious damage to your roof, and if you don’t address leaks immediately, your home’s structural integrity could be at-risk. Most leaks start out small – like when water sneaks beneath a shingle – but they never go away on their own. They only get worse with time.
It’s nice to have shady spots in your yard, but when trees overhang your roof, you need to prune them right away. That’s because if a branch falls, it can seriously damage your shingles – but even if the branches are just rubbing up against your roof while they’re still connected to the tree, they can do major damage to the tiny shingle granules that protect your roof from water and harmful ultraviolet rays.
Well-built roofs have good ventilation systems in place. Without a good ventilation system, which pushes out hot, damp air and brings in cool, drier air, your attic can become damp and musty very quickly. That moisture build-up can cause tremendous damage to your roof, including wood rot and mold.
When water ponds on your roof instead of running off it into your gutters – or when water pools in your gutters and soaks the sides of your roof – you have the potential for serious, long-term damage that can make a complete roof replacement necessary. When water sits on your roofing materials, no matter how high-quality they are, problems are on the way.
How to Avoid Common Roofing Problems
The best way to avoid common roofing problems is to maintain your roof regularly. Get a free roof inspection every year, and when your inspector identifies issues, fix them immediately. The longer you let roof problems go, the worse they’ll become. Use these tips to maintain your roof on a regular basis:
- Trim tree branches that hang over your roof
- Clean leaves and other debris from your gutters regularly
- Check your attic periodically for leaks and insulation damage
- Remove debris from your roof immediately
- Never, ever power-wash your roof
When you follow a routine maintenance schedule and have your roof inspected every year (or immediately following a major storm), your roof will last as long as it’s supposed to – and you’ll save money on other repairs, roof replacement and utility bills, too.
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