Things To Watch Out For
Noisy downspouts can become very obnoxious after a period of time. The constant pattering of water as it drains from your roof can drive a homeowner mad, but this issue can be resolved. With a few adjustments, you can get rid of the noise and have a properly functioning downspout once again.
One easy way to get rid of this annoying noise is to fix the angle of your downspout. When your downspout is situated at 90 degrees, the water will fall directly on the elbow at the bottom of the downspout, causing a loud noise. You can reduce this noise by increasing the angle of your downspout so the water hits the sides and trickles to the bottom.
You can also choose a different downspout. Many times, they are made of metal which makes the noise even louder. Using a vinyl or plastic piece will muffle the sound and reduce the noise.
Finally, you can stuff other materials at the bottom of your downspout to reduce the noise. Foam or an old shingle can be placed in the elbow to catch the rain as it falls so it does not hit the elbow directly.
Poorly Installed Roof Decking
Roof decking is the base layer of your roof on which everything else lies. The decking supports the shingles, felt, and other materials while also acting as protection from the elements. The decking supports the entire roof, so without it, the modern roof would be nearly impossible. Since this layer is of the utmost importance, extra care should be taken during installation. For example, what could happen if the roof decking was not nailed properly?
Roof decking certainly can come loose over time and can be ripped loose after very high winds or a severe storm. However, this is usually due to poor installation. Loose decking can lead to severe leaks, water damage, and dry rot. Poorly nailed decking can also allow animals to sneak into your home. If the decking is not properly nailed, gaps are created that are wide enough for animals to come into your home or attic space. This is a big health hazard.
If you notice that your decking has been poorly installed, contact the roofer who installed the roof and find out what they can do about it.
Rusted Roof Flashing
Roof flashing is an integral part of your roof. Flashing is usually made of metal and is used to seal corners where the roof meets a wall, window, vent, or skylight. Flashing is so important because it prevents water damage like mold and dry rot. However, like with all things, flashing will weaken over time and one way is by rusting.
Flashing is so important to your roof and home that your roof could not function properly without it. This makes being aware of the fact that flashing can rust even more imperative.
Flashing can be significantly weakened over time by rust. Rusted flashing is primarily seen in very humid climates and in areas prone to heavy rain and rainy periods. However, it can occur practically anywhere since it rains in most areas of the world. As water and oxygen make contact with metal, over time, rust can form.
Rusted flashing cannot be fixed with a new paint job. Once you notice rust on your flashing, you should contact a roofing professional to have your flashing completely replaced. While this may cost you in the short-term, it will save you thousands of dollars in repairs in the long-run.
The Dangers of Not Fixing Small Roof Leaks with a Roof Repair Contractor
Annoying leaks can spring up in a roof from time to time. Many times, these leaks appear small and can be repaired with a quick fix. These quick fixes can be tempting for a home or business owner to perform on their own. After all, they do not take much time to complete and can be done cheaply. It can also be tempting to delay a repair. However, it is always wise to use a professional to repair small leaks in your roof once you notice them. Here are a few reasons why it is a good idea to hire a roofer when you find a leak.
Prolonged roof leaks can cause serious problems. What appears to be a tiny leak, if left unrepaired, can seep down and damage drywall and cause the paint on your walls to bubble. Unrepaired leaks can also lead to dry rot in your roof’s support system, can cause electrical issues, mold growth, and can even damage your insulation.
A professional roofer will be able to find the true source of your problem and repair it immediately. In addition, they will be able to locate all the damage the leak has done so far so you are not left with rotting sheathing or trusses. Signs and forewarnings of serious damage can be difficult for a homeowner to spot, but a professional will be able to spot them immediately.
Roof repairs and additions to your home come with the territory when owning a home. Sometimes, you may get an idea that seems like it would make a great addition and you are tempted to run with it. However, some ideas should not be acted on. Some of these projects can do significant damage to your home. Here are a few projects we have seen that have caused damage in the past:
Under no circumstance should you install a basketball hoop that attaches to the roof. The ball hitting the hoop can eventually break the seals loose on your roof, resulting in water damage once it rains.
If you own an asphalt shingle roof, stay away from power washing. Power washing works great to rid areas of dirt and debris, but when used on your roof, it will knock granules loose which makes your roof more prone to leaks and will shorten the lifespan of the roof.
If replacing a damaged roof, make sure to completely remove the old roof. This may seem like a good way to save money at the beginning of a project, but it is really will just end up costing you a lot of money in the long-run. Proper roof installation requires a roof tear-off.
If you spot debris on your roof, make sure to remove it. Debris can hinder your roof’s ability to drain, and can lead to moss or mold buildup and cause serious damage.
If you have any further questions regarding things you should watch out for, you can contact us at 918-558-ROOF.
Outdoor Creations Roofing is located at 12816 S. Memorial Dr. in Tulsa, Oklahoma.