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Syracuse Roofing: Article About Common Roof Problems

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While most homeowners will not have the professional knowledge and experience that Syracuse roofing professionals do, they should be aware of the common problems that can happen with a roof. Being aware of these issues can help a homeowner prevent them from happening at all or decrease the damage if one does occur. It can also help them better understand what their roofer may be talking to them about.

Roof leaks and moisture are the most common problems a roof will face. Leaking can occur for a variety of reasons, but generally signals that there is a serious issue within the roof. Flashing that was not properly fastened during installation or repairs can cause a leak. In fact, it is estimated that 95 percent of roof leaks happen due to problems with flashing. Leaks can also happen if a proper moisture barrier is not used when the leak is installed. Another common reason for leaking is shingles that are missing, cracked or worn. Another common problem with a roof is the blow off and uplift of shingles. Shingles that are poorly attached can have their edges lifted by the wind and can even be entirely blown off. Any time there is a problem with even one shingle on the roof, it raises the potential for the entire roof to be compromised.

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Many homeowners tend to forget about trees that may be near the roof. Even if a homeowner believes that tree branches are far enough away from the roof, they may not be. During a storm, the wind and even water can cause tree branches to sag and be much heavier than they really are. This means they have a better chance of coming in contact with the roof and causing some major damage. Homeowners should keep their tree branches trimmed well away from their roof.

Mold and mildew are another problem that many roofs will develop. This can happen if roofing material does not thoroughly dry out or if the weather changes quickly and drastically. Homeowners should be aware of any black, brown or green growths on the roof. These areas will need a thorough cleaning and possibly an inspection to find out what caused the problem in the first place.

The best way for homeowners to prevent problems with their roofs is to have regular professional inspections performed at least once a year, if not twice. By doing preventative maintenance on a roof, the chances of problems occurring or growing into larger problems will be reduced.

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