Roofs are made to last and are generally resilient. But as they are constantly exposed to external elements, they are susceptible to gradual deterioration through wear and tear. Some parts of your roofing system are more vulnerable compared to others, especially those that are more exposed to moisture and temperature changes. Knowing which parts of your roof are susceptible to issues allows you as a homeowner to plan and conduct regular inspections and preventive maintenance. What are the most vulnerable parts of your roof? How can you protect them?
As one of the most underappreciated and hardworking systems in a roof, gutters are designed to divert away water from parts of your house that can be affected by water damage, such as the main structural supports under your home and your siding and windows. As they are basically catch basins for rainfall and other forms of precipitation, they are prone to getting clogged up by debris. If water cannot properly flow from your gutters and your downspouts, they will pool and find other ways to flow out, which can spell problems for your fascia and soffit. Regularly inspect and clean them out to protect your gutters and other surrounding roofing systems.
Depending on how your roof is designed and structured, valleys can also be a common vulnerability area on your roof. As these parts of your roof were designed to catch water flowing from two roof faces, they are also highly susceptible to water and moisture-related damage. Be on the lookout for bulges, cracks and dips in the shingles. If you have an attic, frequently check the area below the valleys of your roof after every moderate or strong bout of rainfall. If you are worried that you can’t properly gauge the state of your valleys, contact your residential roof installation contractors, and have them inspect it professionally.
They are the bottom edges of your roof. Eaves are one of the most common vulnerabilities in your roofing system as they are prone to leaking problems if water trickles down the shingles or behind the fascia. As these parts of your roofing system are usually made with wood and other organic composites, they are highly susceptible to rot caused by water and moisture. Regularly check your gutter system and the state of your roof decking. Even a small breach in the surface of the wood can eventually rot it from the inside.
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