The 5 Biggest Problem Areas in Roof Systems

As the ultimate source of protection for your home, the roof is one of the most important things you can care for when protecting, and maintaining your property. Unfortunately, it’s also one of the area’s most often taken for granted. To help you get a better understanding of where and why roof repair issues emerge, we’re going to be using this article to look at 5 of the most common areas where problems can happen.

Remember, you should never attempt to access and fix your roof yourself without any training or knowledge. If you’re concerned that one of these areas needs expert attention, please reach out to Matrix Roofing for help.

1.     Gutters

The gutters on your roof are intended to keep water away from the foundation of your property, so that your structural integrity is protected. It’s important to make sure that your gutters are consistently doing their job well, as they’re highly susceptible to debris and water build-up, which can cause mould and mildew in your roof.

If your gutters have holes or leaks, then you may need to have sections replaced or patched. Reach out to an expert for guidance on how to handle the problem.

2.     Soffits

The term “Soffit” comes from the French word for “ceiling formation”. Basically, it’s the exposed surface beneath the overhanging section on your roof eave. A vented soffit comes with small holes that help air to circulate around the house.

Your soffit can play an important role in ventilating your attic and preventing rot. Most of these components are made from vinyl, because it’s cost-effective and water-resistant. However, if you notice any cracks or holes in the surface, you’ll need to call an expert out to conduct a replacement.

3.     Fascia

The “Fascia” is the term for the band that runs horizontally over the top of your building, and lands vertically beneath a roof’s edge. It’s usually made up of both sheet metal and wooden boards, so picture the vertical finishing that connects thee ends of your rafters, and the area where your gutter attaches to the roof.

The fascia protects your building by acting as a shield between the elements of the outdoors, and the roof itself, particularly when it comes to water. Fascia can also make your building look more aesthetically pleasing too, by creating a smoother, more even appearance. However, they often suffer from rot and damage, so make sure you keep an eye out for problems.

4.     Shingles

Shingles on your roof system can offer create protection from the elements, but they’re also prone to problems and discoloration. Broken shingles, or missing elements can leave the underlying structure susceptible to holes, rotting, and other damage, and buckling is also common if the areas aren’t properly ventilated during installation.

Discoloration is an indication of a leak in the roof, and small spots can quickly grow into huge holes in your ceiling. Make sure that if you notice any signs of deterioration or damage, you call an expert to help straight away.

5.     Flashings

Finally, flashings are the components that are used to seal the edges of your roof, as well as walls, valleys, perimeters, and drains. The purpose of flashing is to make sure that there are no voids in your roof system where water or pests could get in.

Flashings are usually made out of galvanized steel or aluminium, and depending on the roof type you have, you’re likely to see it in valleys around your windows and even your skylights. Oxidisation and weathering are the most common problems that flashing faces, but it’s also possible that these elements will simply come lose from your building. Keep an eye out for anything that looks out of place.

Whether you need a roof replacement or a simple repair, remember that you can always turn to Matrix Roofing for local help and support.

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