Becoming a homeowner is a thrilling experience, but it comes with a lot of responsibilities. One new thing you need to pay attention to is your roof. There are a number of different roof issues you can experience when it comes to your roof, and they can often impact the rest of your home.

Let’s go over the most common roof problems you might encounter so you can be on the lookout before they become huge issues. We’ll also talk about roof repairs and how to avoid more issues. 

1. Roof Leaks

Leaks can start out small but quickly grow and cause major water damage in your home. Make sure you’re inspecting your roof for leaks periodically so you don’t overlook a small leak before it’s too late.

2. Tree Damage

If you have large trees with unruly branches right outside your house, you’re at risk for roof damage the next time there’s a bad storm. Keep your tree branches trimmed back and remove any leaning trees, especially if you live in a region prone to high winds. The last thing you want is a collapsed roof and a tree in your kitchen!

3. Roof Splitting

Weather changes can cause your roof to shift and move all the time. Sometimes it leads to the shingles splitting and bumping into each other, which warps the whole roof. 

4. Unwanted Animals

If your roof is already damaged, it’s extremely easy for animals to find their way into it. However, animals can also burrow into perfectly functioning roofs as well, especially insects. If you start having pest issues in your home, make sure you check your roof for cracks and damage.

5. Shingle Damage

High winds can destabilize your roof in many ways. The main way is that it can break your shingles and even blow them off your roof. Missing shingles makes way for water and pests to get into your house, so it’s always important to thoroughly inspect your roof after a storm. 

Shingles can also suffer from sun damage. If you live in a particularly hot climate, watch out for shingle breakage and cracking in the extreme heat.

6. Clogged Gutters

Clogged gutters can start to separate from your roof, which is another way water can get into your home or soak your yard. Most of the time, you can simply unclog and reattach the gutters, but if the damage is severe, they may need to be replaced. 

Avoid Roof Problems

The best way to avoid any roof problems is to have your roof inspected by a professional on a regular basis. You should definitely schedule an inspection after a bad storm, even if you don’t initially see any major damage. Repairing a roof before the issue progresses is the best way to save yourself some headaches and major repair expenses. 

Ridgeport Roofing provides all of our customers with honest and accurate information about the state of their roof. We’ve called Atlanta home for over 30 years and we’re committed to serving our customers with excellence.

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