Roofing systems are comprised of different components that work together to keep your home protected against the elements. However, certain parts of your roof are more susceptible to damage than others. Giving them more attention can help ensure your living space stays safe from the damaging effects of leaks.
Here are some of the most common problem areas of a roof.
You can find flashing around chimneys, valleys, skylights and other roof protrusions. It prevents water from penetrating beneath the shingles, reducing your roof’s lifespan. This component is typically made from steel, copper and other types of metal.
Eaves refer to the bottom edges of a roofing system. They are vulnerable to leaks that develop on the first row of shingles or in the proximity of the fascia. Since leaks in the eaves are not as noticeable, they are easy to miss. Sometimes, you won’t even know there is a problem until there is already roof deck damage.
Ventilation is essential to the performance and longevity of your roof. Without proper ventilation, your attic can overheat, speeding up the deterioration of shingles. Ridge vents allow constant airflow in your attic, helping keep the area in moderate temperatures. You want these vents to stay protected because they also help your roof withstand wind-driven snow and rain. Another thing they do is to prevent the entrance of debris and insects.
You’ll find a valley in areas where sloped areas of a roof meet. Valleys can receive a significant amount of wear over the years, making them more susceptible to leaks. Moreover, older roofs are more likely to have valley-related issues.
Regular inspection and maintenance go a long way in keeping these components protected from damage. Only trust an experienced contractor for your home’s roofing needs. At Renovation Team, we continuously strive to provide you with the best home exterior services. Call us at (636) 939-1061, or fill out our contact form to get a free estimate. We serve clients in St. Louis, St. Charles and Creve Coeur, MO.