Residential roofing systems are designed to withstand years of exposure to the elements, but some parts are more vulnerable than others. Here’s a closer look at the most vulnerable areas of a residential roof and how you can keep them in good shape.
The roof edge bears the brunt of updrafts and high winds, which is why this part bears the most amount of damage after a storm hits. This is the reason why most of today’s roofing systems have reinforced roof edges. The first row of shingles is typically made of a single roll of material called starter strips, which are usually made of the same material as the rest of the shingles. Starter strips are reinforced by adhesives, making them more resistant to wind damage. If your roof has gaps at the roof edge, your roofing contractor can inspect your roof and determine if starter strips can be installed on it.
Flashing are strips of metal that protect valleys and other breaks on the roofing plane. Sometimes, flashing can get dislodged because of weakened sealant and/or wind, which leaves such areas vulnerable to water intrusion. Fortunately, flashing repair is one of the most common reasons for roof repair, which means roofing specialists like us will be more than able to correct them. Timeliness is just as important: the sooner you let your roofing contractor know about such problems, the less repair work will be required.
Chimneys and Vent Pipes
Chimneys and vent pipes penetrate the roofing plane. The point where it meets the roof are vulnerable to leaks, which is why it needs to have rubber boots. A rubber boot is a cone-shaped piece that fits onto the bottom part of the pipe and functions like flashing. Years of exposure to the elements, particularly ultraviolet (UV( rays, can turn rubber boots brittle. These components can be replaced by your roofing contractor and should only take a few hours.
Brownstone Roofing is your leading provider of storm damage repair and other roofing services. Give us a call at (502) 242-7947 (Kentucky) or (502) 443-9222 (Indiana). You can also fill out our contact form. We serve customers in Louisville, KY, and surrounding areas.