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The Most Vulnerable Areas On Your Roof

by Jun 8, 2021

The roof of your home is really a complex system made up of several parts. When you look at it, it may at first appear straightforward and uninteresting. But what if we told you there was so much more to it?

Each roofing section comes together to function as a complete protection system that safeguards your home from the outside world.

A professionally installed roof should last you between 25 – 50 years, depending on your roofing materials. But don’t worry, with sufficient maintenance and upkeep, you’ll be able to prolong the life of your roof by five to ten years longer.

There are particular areas on your roof that tend to be more vulnerable than others and thus more prone to issues. Carry on reading as we detail which parts of your roof may cause you the most issues.

 

Fascia

Fascias are the horizontal board that runs along the edge of your roof, creating a sort of roof trim. The fascia protects your home from storms and other elements while simultaneously improving curb appeal with its attractive design.

It primarily prevents water from entering the underlying structures of your roof as well as the interior of your home. Overexposure to moisture is the number one cause of fascia deterioration.

We’re all aware that water is the bane of wood, but did you know this can lead to rot and mold growth? Fascia boards are usually made up of wood which means overexposure to water will ruin them over time.

 

Flashing

Flashing is used to seal roof edges, valleys, walls, or any place where the roof’s surface is interrupted. Flashing directs water away from the gaps in the roofing materials, protecting it from water damage.

The oxidation of metals is what wears down your flashings over time. Flashings also tend to come undone, and when this happens, the roof becomes vulnerable to water seeping in.

 

Soffit

The soffit is the material situated beneath the overhanging area of a roof eave. Soffits help regulate the air in your attic and protect it from the elements.

Soffits need to be inspected often because they are vulnerable to insects and pests. They’re also more likely to get water damage from leaks in your fascia or roofing materials.

 

Gutters

Gutters are in charge of transporting water away from your roofing system. However, they tend to get clogged by things like leaves, branches, and other sorts of debris quite quickly.

When your gutters are clogged, water has no way of leaving your roofing system and can further damage your house.

For more information on roofing issues and how to fix them, don’t hesitate to call 1st Priority Roofing today!

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