Owning a home can be expensive, and the most expensive and yet vulnerable parts of our homes is the roof. Over time, we’ve noticed a common recurring theme among the various roofs of homes as we’ve done an annual roof inspection for our clients.

There are generally four common roofing problems that we discover when we inspect most homes.

Those four common roofing problems we discover are:

  • Clogged gutters and/or downspouts
  • Deteriorated pipe boots
  • Deteriorated shingles
  • Rotten fascia

clogged gutters

1. Clogged Gutters and/or Downspouts

We all love a home with a wooded lot until the Fall season; where there are many a Saturday afternoon spent raking up the leaves of those beautiful trees. Those leaves also can do some major damage to our gutters if left neglected. Clogged gutters can cause water to overflow, and cause subsequent damage to the siding of the homes or even the foundation. Also, debris in the clogged gutters can become sludge, and weigh down heavily on gutters causing the need for a new gutter flashing installation.

deteriorated pipe boots

2. Deteriorated Pipe Boots

A vent pipe boot is a type of roof flashing that consists of a metal or plastic base with a rubber dome shaped boot that fits over a plastic vent pipe. The base of the vent pipe lies flat against the roof and is covered by shingles to the top to help shed water. The most common failure with this type of flashing happens when the boot cracks or peels away from the pipe, this is due to weather and sun exposure.

deteriorated shingles

3. Deteriorated Roofing Shingles

Based on geographic location or environmental conditions, roof shingles are able to last as long at the roof warranty period. There are some roof shingles that can last as long as 30 years. One of the earliest signs of roof shingle deterioration is a rock chip material in rain gutters. When the gutters are regularly cleaned and inspected the signs of needed replacement or repair are evident.

rotting fascia

4. Rotting Roofing Fascia

The fascia is a lower part of the roof that covers the eaves. The rain gutters are just below the fascia. Built up debris above the gutter will contribute to a rotten fascia because the area stays wet, sludge forms and ultimately the area rots. Mold and rot can spread once it gets inside the eaves causing an even larger roof problem. The best time to fix a rotting fascia is when the roof is being replaced.

Common can become Uncommon

The bottom line is that owning a home can be expensive, and the most expensive and yet vulnerable parts of our homes is the roof. Roofing is among the most integral areas of the home that need to be regularly checked upon almost every some other time, and ignoring the four common problems we witness the most, can result in a very expensive roof replacement.

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