Common Roofing Problems

Common Roofing Problems In Indianapolis

1) Ponding
Flat roofs are made with a slight pitch to dispel water off the sides of the roofing.  When a drain is blocked water pools in low areas on the roof and creates a pond.

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2) Shingles Are Gone

Your roof could have shingles that are missing due to gusty winds tearing then right off the roof. Your first step toward remedying this problem should be climbing up a ladder to the roof and inspecting it, or hiring a professional to inspect it.


3) Holes in Your Roofing Material

Sometimes when you remove something that has been installed on your roof, like a television antenna or satellite dish, there will be holes left behind. Those holes could cause water to enter through the roof into your home. As in item one, your roof needs to be inspected and any holes sealed.


4) Moisture

When you have an upper roof and a lower roof, often the gutters from the upper roof will drain right onto the lower roof, it could become soaked with moisture and then leaks can occur. To remedy this moisture problem, just extend your downspout so that it reaches the gutters or, better yet, extend it all the way to the ground rather than allowing draining onto the lower roof.


5) Debris Buildup

When you allow pine needles, leaves, twigs and other debris to get built up, it can result in the trapping of water under the roof, which can allow it to seep in. The remedy is as easy as keeping your roof completely clear of any debris so that moisture runs off of it swiftly. In addition, you should trim the tree branches that hang over your roof to facilitate a debris-free area.


6) Backed-up Gutters

When your gutters become clogged, as in item four, the water often drains from your roof much more slowly. This allows moisture enough time to soak in, causing leaks. Installing gutter covers is an efficient solution that will result in quick elimination of water off of the roof.


7) Flashing Issues

Roof flashing is used for sealing the transitions in roofing materials and keeping large amounts of water from being absorbed at those points. Flashing points in your roofing could include areas around skylights, points where a dormer meets your roof, or around a chimney. Unfortunately, the flashing could be affected by missing nails or dried out caulking and become displaced, so checking or replacing it could be necessary.


8) Ridge Cap Leaks

A ridge cap is installed with the roof to cover up the roof peak gap. Sometimes roofers and contractors will use a system that utilizes a rope and harness, but neglect to protect the ridge cap, resulting in roofing material holes and leaks. Having a professional check, repair or replace your ridge cap is your best remedy.


9) Improper Slope Issues

Shingles can shift and rain could leak in with a too-shallow roof slope, which is also sometimes called roof pitch. It is measured by a vertical rise ratio over 12 inches of horizontal distance. According to the International Building Code, a roofing slope of 2:12 is mandatory for asphalt shingle installation. Otherwise, underlay roofing material in double layers must be utilized for pitches from 2:12 to 4:12. The best way to make sure that the roofing materials on your home are the right ones and appropriately installed for the slope is to have it inspected by a professional.
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