Common Roof Problems

Parapets

The part of the home structure that sticks above the roof line on a flat roof.

As you can see in this photo the roofing material which is sealed to the stucco is totally compromised (note the cracks in the black sealing material). Damage like this allows water to travel along the roof joists and leak into your ceiling.

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Stucco failure example
Stucco failure example

If you see this happening on your roof, call us!

TPO Roofs

Debris can damage any roofing material. As well as potentially clogging canales and preventing drainage.

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Holes patched

Hole in the TPO

Hole in the TPO

Debris on the Roof

Organic matter such as leaves and pine needles get wet and begin to decompose.

Acids and enzymes in the composting matter will compromise the roof leading to roofing failure.

If you see this happening on your roof, call us!

Parapet Issues

Metal Roof Issues

Screws can come loose over time. Penetrations need to be sealed periodically.

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Screws can come loose over time

Penetrations need to be sealed periodically.

Before repair

Repair

Repair

How it should look

Tile Roof Issues

Crack in tile had caused water penetration that damaged the material underneath.

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Before repair

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Finished repair

Roof Coatings

Crack in tile had caused water penetration that damaged the material underneath.

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After

Degranulation

Once granules are gone, the sun gets to the felt underneath (which is the core of the shingle) and water is soon to follow.

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Before

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How it should look

Penetration

The result of what you see in this photo may result in water traveling down the exposed pipe and collecting in your attic. Ultimately your ceiling may be compromised.

Proper maintenance will catch and correct this situation.

If you see this happening on your roof, call us!

Roof Penetration

Wildlife

Pigeon and birds can get under tiles on tile roofs or solar panels. The bird droppings are acidic and will destroy any roof. Another problem are squirrels and mice that can get under tile and damage underlayment.

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Natural Disasters

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Hail damage can seem minor but it causes serious long term damage to your shingle roof. The hail impacts knock off the granules that protect your roof from the sun’s rays. So instead of lasting 30 years, significant hail damage can lower the service  life to less than half that. Most insurance companies cover the cost of hail damage, but many have a time limit in which to file a claim.

Wind and ice can also cause serious damage to your roof.

Home Repair

It’s important to have your roof checked both before and after you are planning to have any home repairs done that would require access to your roof. This way you can hold the contractors responsible for any potential damage they may cause to your roof. Such work might include replacing an air conditioner, getting stucco done or cutting in a new heater pipe. We offer this as a free service for our clients. If you have workers on your roof, they could drop a tool, which could cause damage. Someone who does not know how to walk on a tile  roof could damage the tile. And people having their air conditioning or swamp coolers serviced should be aware that any water leakage can cause damage to the roofing material as well as the flashing and possibly the wood underneath.

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