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15 Common Roof Damage Signs-Don’t Let a Leaky Roof Destroy Your Home!

15 Common Signs of Roof Damage

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The roof of your home or business is the most important structure that provides you with the protection you need.  With Big Easy Roofing, you will learn how to spot when your safety is compromised because of roof damage.

As a trusted roofing contractor, we treat every home and roofed structure with utmost care.  We want our clients to be equipped with the knowledge that will help them make sure their roof is functioning well.

We make your roof last longer by helping you identify the signs of roof damage:

1. Damaged Plumbing Vent Boots

Your roof can have plumbing vent boots that have damaged bases.  These boots are often made with plastic and/or metal.  Examine the rubber boot around the pipe which is the most prone to rotting.  We replace damaged vent boots with new ones, so you get a fully functional roof.

2. Ceiling Stains

Any stain on your ceiling that is caused by a leaky roof means that something is wrong.  Call us to track where the leak is coming from and determine the best possible solution to stop the leak.  We use specialist equipment for hard-to-track roof leaks to make precise repairs.

3. Shiners

When you see nails that miss the framing member, they can simply be clipped with side-cutting pliers.  They will often look white because they are frosted.  Frosting happens on shiners when moisture escapes into the cold attic and condenses on the cold nails.  Shiners can be seen in your attic when the temperature drops. They can cause leaks when the frost melts and drips during the warmer times of the day.

4. Damaged Shingles

The shingles that make up your roof can crack and tear.  When this happens, we can replace or repair them, depending on the extent of the damage.  We apply high-quality sealants for minor repairs and press down the damaged shingle and then apply another layer of sealant on top of the crack.

5. Dirty, Clogged Soffits

The atmosphere in an attic that is not well-ventilated can cause greater damage to your house.  The soffit of your roofing system inhales outside air to create the movement of attic air outside roof vents.  When soffits are dirty or clogged, moisture and mold will build up on the framing of your roof.  Our roofing maintenance services include cleaning soffits so that the air path in your attic remains clear.

6. Mold Where Roof and Exterior Wall Meet

We help make sure that the area where your roof edge meets a sidewall is free from molds and cracks.  This will prevent runoff flows that can enter your wall or flow through the trim of your window and door.

7. Rusted Gutters

The gutters on your roofing system can be damaged because of frequent expansion and contraction.  When this happens they will start to have rusty spots or seams and then gutter leaks.  We can stop the leaks on your gutters by cleaning and scraping rust and tar, and then covering them with quality gutter tape.

8. Roof Vent Issues

Plastic roof vents can crack over time and metal roof vents can have broken seams.  The best repair for these roof issues is to replace the damaged vents with rubber-washer screws.  

9. Loose Step Flashing

There are step flashings that are placed along walls that intersect with your roof.  After some time, they can rust or get loose.  This invites water to flow right under them and then causes leaks in your home.  We repair damaged loose step flashing and replace damaged ones that are durable and weatherproof.

10. Mold on Exterior Walls

Molds on your exterior wall can be a sure sign that there is a leak in your roof.  Moisture is a breeding place for molds.  Track the source of the leak by looking for a reference point for the growth of the molds.  You can check down-spouts that are empty next to your wall.  

11. Holes Drilled on Purpose

Rot and other roof damage can be caused by tiny holes in shingles.  The damage can be unnoticeable and most often, they cause greater damage before they are detected.  We can deal with exposed and misplaced roofing nails that have caused holes in your roof.

12. Missing Gutter Apron

Water can flow off the edge of your roof into the shingles and fascia, and behind the gutter.  Eventually, these parts of your roofing system will rot when there is no gutter apron.  Check for stains on the fascia and soffit of your gutter and contact us to replace the missing gutter apron.

13. Rusted Chimney Flashing

If the flashing around your chimney is made with galvanized steel, many problems can happen.  Rust will be your major enemy, especially the 90-degree bend at the bottom of the flashing.  We can replace your rusty old flashing with a new one so that water will not seep through.

14. Stains Around a Bathroom Fan

If you notice water stains on the ceiling around your bath fan, there can be a leak from the vent cap on your roof.  Another cause of the water stain is condensation, which happens when the moisture from inside your house condenses inside the duct when the bath fan ducting is not properly insulated.  

15. Hail Damage

Hail can cause serious damage to a roof.  The impact of falling hail can cause tears and punctures on your roof’s surface.  When these tears and punctures are not repaired immediately, your roof will leak.  Even the protective layer of shingles can get damaged by hail.

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When you notice these signs of damage to your roof, call a professional roofing contractor experienced in identifying the causes of the damage and determining the best possible solution.

Here at Big Easy Roofing, we are your roofing experts specializing in assessing roof damages and determining solutions to roofing problems.  Our commitment is to provide the best quality roofing installation, maintenance, and repair services to regain the integrity, functionality, durability, and aesthetics of your roof.

If you notice any of these signs, it’s important to call a professional roofing contractor right away. Big Easy Roofing roof repair services help you fix the problem before it gets worse. We also offer a free estimate so you can get an idea of the cost of repairs. Give us a call today!

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