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The most common roof repairs
A roof is a roof no matter where it’s located. It has to provide functionality since it’s guarding your living space. Not only that, since it’s practically a symbol of your home, it should be visually appealing, at least to you. However, in order to keep it as functional and as stunning as possible, you have to take certain measures and provide adequate maintenance. There are many problems you may encounter during your years as a homeowner, some more specific than others. However, there are some areas that are generally more prone to different kinds of damage.
A fascia is actually a roof trim. It’s the edge along which other features are placed and connected with; such as gutters or rafters. The main function of a fascia is to protect the joint from damage, especially water damage. It also masks the rough edges of the places where they collide, creating a smoother surface, which is consequently more visually appealing. When checking, look for signs of rotting or damage in general.
A soffit is a fancy word for the area beneath the overhanging part of your roof. Yes, it’s French. There are a few types of the soffit and most are usually made from waterproof vinyl, because it’s exceptionally cost-effective. While you’re inspecting this area, focus on locating any possible cracks, holes or signs of rotting.
Flashing is a term used for materials that act as a seal between two different things. They are designed to seal any voids or irregularities in the roofing system and are most commonly made of aluminum or galvanized steel. The highest risk of damage in this area comes from oxidization and weather-related factors.
Gutters are actually a very important part of your roofing system. They are designed to divert any kind of liquid away from your foundations. In case your house is surrounded by trees, it can easily get clogged and fail to fulfill its function. A massive amount of weight can even make it slowly detach from the fascia, which creates, even more, problems.
Shingles are the most popular type of roofing systems available. Although they offer a high level of protection, they are susceptible to discoloration and curling. Not only that, since they are the first line of defense, they are exposed to the full impact of weather. Any crack, however small it may seem can potentially lead to much more damage. Missing and broken shingles should be repaired immediately, without any delay.
Make sure to check your roof regularly. Even if you keep a certain standard, there are some situations which cannot be predicted. In case something unexpected happens, it’s best to be prepared.
In the end, in case you notice any damage that may be too much for you to handle, there are many certified roofers out there who will be able to assist you and guide you through the process of repairing your roof, if necessary.
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