Your composite shingle roof has one of the most important jobs in your household, to protect your home from the harsh elements of nature. Unlike your car, the roof doesn’t have any electronic signs which indicate that it is time to take a look at it. Knowing about the most vulnerable areas of your roof will help you spot problems during the early stages, preventing them from growing and causing widespread damage. If you keep an eye on the following areas, you will save large sums of money and time in keeping your roof safe and secure:
Eaves is the overhanging section or the bottom edges of your composite shingle roof. Eaves get damaged quite easily due to the formation of ice dams. As the melted snow refreezes at the eaves, it causes huge problems in the future as water can enter and weaken the roof’s integrity. Always make sure that the eaves are in good condition. Also, if you notice any snow at the eaves, remove it immediately.
The small metal strips or flashing can cause significant problems as it wears out over time. Roofing contractors install flashing in the gaps that exist between the composite shingles. If the flashing fails, water can enter easily into your attic, damaging your walls and ceilings. If you don’t take care of this problem immediately, it causes significant amounts of damage.
The best way to find out if the flashing has a problem is if you notice rusting or any other type of similar damage. Also, if water starts seeping into your attic, it is high time that you get a professional roofing contractor to take a look at the flashing.
The second most vulnerable area of your composite shingle roof is valleys. They are portions of your roof where two sections meet at varying angles. The main reason why valleys are prone to damage is that roofing contractors use flashings to seal them. As the flashing wears out with time, they expose gaps allowing moisture to get in. Always make sure that you check the valleys on a regular basis to prevent large-scale damage.
These are the three vulnerable areas you need to keep an eye on your composite shingle roof. If you notice any problems, contact Prodigy Roofing & Construction immediately. Within 30 minutes of the arrival of our professional roofing contractors, we will inspect, diagnose, and give you the total cost of repair for your composite shingle roof, for free!