The roof is the largest area of the home, and often the most neglected area. Homeowners cannot see the roof from the ground and they rarely crawl up into the attic checking for roof leaks. The storms of the winter have been hard on roofs. This is the best reason to have a qualified roofing technician go up on the roof and inspect it for:
1. Loose shingles
2. Shingles out of place
3. Shingles with nails popped out
4. A Drip Edge that is in bad shape.
5. Flashing that is torn or worn.
6. Inadequate leak barrier
7. Starter strip shingles that are out of position.
8. Ridge cap shingles that are out of position or missing
9. Deterioration of sealant around vent pipes, chimneys and skylights.
The Roofing Services in Council Bluffs IA can spot these issues which can result in a leak into the attic. The water can then run down the walls and cause the wall material to weaken or rot and it can result in black mold also. The water can very easily run down into the basement and begin to deteriorate the foundation. You might not ever notice this until enough water has built up and you see water coming in from outside the wall through the ground.
If the shingles do not properly overlay the roof edge, then the water will not run into the gutter but it will run down the side of the house. This water can damage the home’s siding and it can run down to the basement foundation. This can happen without the homeowner realizing it.
The roof deck should be checked by Roofing Services in Council Bluffs IA for rotted boards which can let water in so easily. Out of place shingles can cause water to reach the roof deck and begin the process of rotting the deck. High-tech sealant has been developed to seal around openings in the roof. This material will hold up better than any that has been used in past years. When the sealant failed, it allowed water to reach the roof deck and into the attic. Visit www.royaltyroofing.org for more information.
If the homeowner has the roof inspected once a year by a skilled roofing technician, many of the problems can be stopped before they get started. Royalty Roofing of Council Bluffs IA can do an inspection.