Identifying Common Roof Problems

Roofing contractors, like Ocean County Roofing, specialize in identifying roof leaks and what measures to take before a roof begins deteriorating. However, homeowners can identify the same potential problems by using a few techniques designed to help the owner decide whether they need immediate repairs.

Leaks can be a home’s biggest offender. Over time, a roof begins to deteriorate due to harsh weather conditions. Small cracks start to form on shingle and concrete tile roofs. When it rains, water slowly seeps into those cracks and gradually rots the felt paper underneath the shingles and tile. Leaks start to occur and the damage spreads to the stucco and drywall surrounding the inner and outer walls. If the problem persists, mold begins to form causing extensive damage, which can cost thousands of dollars to repair. However, a quick visual inspection of a roof isolates potential problem areas where leaks may start to form.

Shingle roofs are simple to inspect since they are flat and thin. Start by safely climbing on to the roof, and then start a visual inspection using 10 by 10 foot sections. Look for obvious cracks running through individual shingles. Look for any tears, signs of rot or shingles that look like they are loose. Closely inspect shingles for signs of buckling or creasing.

If the shingles show signs of buckling, this usually indicates the roof is near the end of its life expectancy and needs major repair or a full replacement.

It is unsafe to climb onto and walk on a concrete tile roof without extensive experience. However, a complete inspection of the roof is possible from the ground. Inspect the tile for obvious cracks where water can seep in and damage the felt paper. Look for tiles that appear crooked or out of place. If a tile is out of place, that is an immediate sign that the section needs repair to avoid the formation of leaks.

Look at the side of the roof with the most exposure to the sun. Many professional roofers estimate that sun damage to shingles and concrete tile is the leading cause of leaks. While inspecting concrete tile, look for discoloration between opposing sides of the roof. If one side appears faded while the other does not, this indicates the faded side receives far more sun exposure and the risk of cracking or breaking increases. Any concrete tile that appears broken or cracked needs immediate repair to reduce the risk of leaks. Any of the roofing contractors from Fortified Roofing of Ocean County can answer your questions about gutters or new roofs.

Common roofing term explained by the expert contractors from Fortified Roofing of Ocean County:

Felt paper

Felt paper is a combination of natural and synthetic fibers, such as acrylic or wool, matted together to form paper. In the roofing industry, professional roofers use felt paper to create a barrier between the plywood and the shingles or concrete tile used to cover the roof.

Question and answer from the Ocean County roofing contractors of Fortified Roofing:

Which type of roof should homeowners choose, shingle or concrete tile?

Most homeowners choose shingles over concrete tile due to cost. Shingles themselves cost less than concrete tile and require less work to install. Both roof types offer strong resistance to inclement weather, such as heavy rain or snow. Shingles and concrete tile have their own unique features and added curb appeal, but choosing which type of roof to install ultimately lies in the hands of homeowners.

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