Identifying and Addressing Common Roof Issues

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The roof serves as any building’s initial line of protection from natural calamities such as rain, wind, fire, ice, snow, hail, etc. Unfortunately, this also makes it a building’s most vulnerable portion. Each day, the roof is put up against weather and similar elements that could lead to deterioration and decay, further increasing roof damage risks and making everything under the roof vulnerable too.

For a roof to efficiently carry out its responsibility of protecting the structure, it must have the right design, proper materials and correct installation. But that’s not it – roof cleaning, roof maintenance and roof replacement are equally important aspects too. In fact, these activities must be a part of the original roof plan to prolong the roof’s life and ensure it performs its work to the fullest.

Recognizing Roof Problem Signs

If your roof hasn’t been cleaned or inspected in a while, you must first make efforts to detect and mend the major roof issues, if any.

Serious problem signs could be obvious even from within the structure. Ceiling stains could indicate a leak, which could be due to a hole or crack in the roof. It is imperative to know that even minor leaks could spell major trouble. Likewise, if the structure has unexplained odor or mold within, it could be due to water penetrating via a roof leak. While mold or internal water damage could signify trouble at the top, it is equally important to perform a visual inspection of the roof for detecting issues that may turn horrific over time.

Based on the roof slope and ease of access, the building owner may at times carry out the inspection. However, in most cases, hiring a contractor makes perfect sense, if you really care about safety and results.

Visual Clues

If you don’t clean or maintain the roof frequently enough, prolonged stagnant water is often the result. Such roof ponding could result in the cover’s deterioration and premature aging, which would lead to leaks. These gaps that aren’t detected could gradually rust steel decks, worsen wood decks, and transform lightweight insulating gypsum and concrete into a rich paste. In addition, too much of standing water may lead to major additional heft, which could hamper roof deck strength.

Bubbles typically signify trapped moisture inside the roof cover that likely result in leaks, decrease the roof cover’s lifespan, quicken the deck’s premature aging, and decrease the effectiveness of the roof cover against forces linked with windstorms. Another reason behind the bubbles is gasses released from insulation boards that are trapped beneath the cover. A roof cover moisture survey or roof cut could be done for diagnosis assistance.

Additional Inspection Areas

In case of a lightning protection setup, find out if there’s any detached or loose ends. Such mishaps could result in a puncture or tear in the covering, particularly during major winds. Lightning connection systems with disconnected aerials or metal cables are no longer good enough at offering necessary safety for the structure’s occupants.

In case of skylight presence, their securement must be checked. Skylights that aren’t properly secured and sealed around the edge of the frame could leak, which could push the skylights to dislodge and let wind-driven debris and rain take refuge in the building, especially during windy weather scenarios. Also, with time, plastic-domed panels could become soft and vulnerable to cracks.


A little, regular maintenance can go a long way in protecting a roof’s integrity and life. If you believe your roof needs professional and expert care, don’t resort to DIY measures as you’re likely to inflict further damage. Instead, get professionals such as Guardian Roofing on-board and have your roof restored to its original glory.