Preventable Leaks are the Most Common Cause for Roof Repair in Annapolis

One of the most common reasons for Roof Repair in Annapolis is a leak. If you are noticing damp patches on the ceiling or small brown patches, it typically means there is a leak in the roof. Leaks need to be taken care of as soon as possible to avoid further damage to the structure of your home. Once there is a leak it can expand and make it more difficult to pinpoint exactly where the leak started. One of the easiest ways to prevent a leak is with a yearly inspection of the roof. There are several reasons why leaks may start, particularly from damaged flashing or missing shingles.

 

During an inspection of the roof, Area Roofing and Siding Company Inc. Will thoroughly inspect the flashing around vents, chimneys, skylights and fans to make sure there is no damage. During the inspection the roofing contractor will also look for any torn, missing or damaged shingles. If the roof has been in place for ten years or more there is a greater risk of the shingles cracking and curling, which can cause leaks. If the roof is in good condition with the exception of a few damaged shingles, simply repairing the damages under the shingles and installing new shingles will take care of the problem. However, if there is extensive damage, it is usually best to replace the roof. In some situations if the damage is extensive, you may need to have all of the materials replaced, including the wood under the shingles. Another common cause of leaks in the roof are ice dams.

An ice dam happens if the gutters are clogged, which causes when melting snow and rain freezes in place. The water will back up and eventually go under the shingles. This type of damage can be easily prevent by routinely cleaning leaves and other debris from the gutters and drain pipes. Ice dams can cause extensive damage to the roof as well as the siding on your home, so it is important to inspect the gutters on a regular basis. When you have the yearly inspection on the roof, the roofing contractor can also inspect for possible damages to the gutters, which may cause ice dams to form.

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