With the right roofing contractor and materials, most roofs will age gracefully. However, over time, the effects of sun and weather will begin to take their toll on your roof. Annual inspections by your professional roofer can help to extend the life of your roof, but eventually, every homeowner will be faced with problem areas that require repairs or re-roofing:
1. Around Flashing and Seams
At the places where your roof joins with other structures, such as your chimney, vents, or skylights, you are likely to experience leaks if your seams are worn. Look for signs of separation between your chimney and roof structure or cracks and gaps around your flashing to determine if you have a problem.
2. Near Gutters
Your gutters play an important role in maintaining your roof's integrity. Gutters can become clogged and pull away from the roof structure. Both wet and dry rot are common along the areas where your gutters meet your roof; therefore, worn gutters can lead to rot and damage. Properly maintaining your gutters can help your roof last longer.
3. On Roof Surfaces
It is important to keep an eye on the overall appearance of your roof. Look out for areas of cracked or pulled up shingles, missing shingles, and shingles that are losing their granules.
4. Above Your Attic
Inside of your attic, you may find signs of roof leaks. These signs can include trails of water leading down trusses or spots of wet insulation. Holes in your roof may allow sunshine to show through, which can make them easier to spot.
These are just a few of the most common areas where problems can begin to develop in roofs more than 15 years old. Contact Fortress Roofing in Salt Lake City at (801) 205-6100 if you would like to learn more about locating these problems and having them repaired.