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Syracuse Roofing: Article About Common Roof Problems and Factors

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Roof problems seem to occur at the worst of times. If they are not dealt with in a timely manner, they can grow bigger and cost the homeowner even more money and more hassle. This makes learning about the roof and its common problems of utmost importance to homeowners who want to keep their roofs in good working order. Syracuse roofing professionals suggest that all homeowners know about these common problems that roofs face.

Weathering is the most common problem roofs face in any climate, although some climates are worse than others. Organic roofing materials, such as wood or slate, are more susceptible to weather than inorganic roof materials such as asphalt and metal. Hail, rain, winds and even UV rays from the sun call all be damaging to a roof. In addition, pollutants in the air can also cause a roof to decay at a faster pace.

Lack of maintenance and care also shorten the life cycle of a roof and expose it to numerous problems. Homeowners should make inspecting and maintaining their roof a part of their regular routines when it comes to tasks they must complete for their home. Debris that is left to accumulate on rooftops and gutters can damage the roof by allowing moisture to pool, especially in the valleys of the roof.

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Pooling water can cause shingles to lose their granules quickly, as well as infestations of mold, lichen or fungi and the rotting of wood.

Poor design can also put a roof at risk for expensive problems. Most are, unfortunately, expensive to fix. In most situations, design problems must be corrected during a roof replacement. Common design problems include a weak support structure, inadequate drainage, incompatible roof materials, an improper slope and a sagging roof.

Flashing materials are also another culprit when it comes to roofing issues. Flashing serves the purpose of sealing roofing materials to roof sections and other parts of the home. A watertight seal is needed in order for it to work properly. Improper installation or attachment is usually the cause of flashing problems.

In many areas, HVAC equipment, satellite antennas, and other non-roof specific appliances are attached to the roof's surface. While this generally is not a problem, proper attention should be given to the installation of these equipment pieces. These pieces should never be placed directly on top of the membrane of the roof, but should be mounted to a supporting structure or supports with raised curbs.

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