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Common Problems that Can Develop in Old and Unmaintained Roofs

Last updated 6 years ago

As a roof ages, it can begin to show signs of deterioration. Without regular care, such as inspections performed by a qualified roofer and repairs performed when needed, your roof will suffer, as well as show signs of damage over time. Below are a few of the common problems that can arise in roofs that have not been appropriately cared for throughout the years.

  • Damaged or Missing Shingles: One easy way to spot a roof that is in need of attention is to look at the shingles. These are the first layer between your home and the elements, and as such they are often the first to show signs of damage or neglect. If they have weathered many seasons of changing temperatures without the right care, shingles will eventually curl, crack or fall off altogether. At the end of their useful life, shingles will need to be replaced.
  • Bald Shingles: Shingles are covered in small granules, so moisture or mold damage can take their toll. As shingles age, they become more susceptible to the elements. This is especially true for a roof that has not been maintained. Missing granules appear as bald spots on the shingles themselves, which affect the shingles’ effectiveness as a roofing material.
  • Flashing, Sheathing and Siding Decay: Other roofing materials will also show signs of wear when poorly maintained. An example would be the middle components of your flashing and sealing, which can bend or buckle. This can allow moisture to enter into the roof decking materials, causing further damage. The siding near your attic may show signs of decay, if you have poor attic ventilation as well.

Proper maintenance of your roof is very important in regards to extending its life and ensuring that you avoid damage like this. To learn more, contact Fortress Roofing in Salt Lake City, Utah! Ask about our maintenance and repair services. Contact us online at or call (801) 205-6100 today.


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