Your roof is what is protecting your home or business from the elements. If not properly maintained, small roofing problems become enormous and costly headaches. You need a roofing company you can trust to identify and repair any issues with your roof. We work to find cost-effective and attractive solutions so that your structure is protected and looking great for years to come.
We take great pride in caring for our friends and neighbors in Bellevue and surrounding communities. Our excellent customer service and quality workmanship speak for themselves. We can work with your budget to handle any roofing problems efficiently and effectively.
Common Roofing Problems in Seattle, WA
Discover some of the most common roofing problems homeowners in the Seattle area run into, paired with our expert opinions of the best ways to make repairs.
High winds damage roofing materials by blowing the finished roofing entirely off. Fear not, it’s a common roofing problem. Blow-off damage typically occurs in a section of the roof or on an entire side that was exposed to the highest winds. Roofing felt and roof sheathing can also be blown away by severe winds.
How to Repair: If sections of the roof have been blown off by high winds, Roofing101 will install new roofing and ensure that your home is properly protected against future storms.
Major Structural Damage
Storms and high winds damage roofing indirectly by causing tree limbs and entire trees to fall on the roof. Structural damage from these impacts can range from small punctures in the roof sheathing to the complete collapse of the roof.
How to Repair: Depending on the damage, Roofing101 will decide if the damage is worth fixing or if a roof replacement will provide better results.
Missing, broken and torn shingles can be caused by wind, impact or foot traffic. “Bald” shingles will age prematurely if they’re exposed to direct sunlight. Old shingles often cup, curl and become brittle; these are all signs of roofing that should be replaced.
How to Repair: Sometimes shingles can be repaired, but most often this common roofing problem means it will need to be replaced. Our expert roofers will inspect your roof and choose the best course of action depending on the extent of the damage.
Unless a large tree branch has punched a hole in your roof, roof leaks can be difficult to detect. Water can leak past the roofing through a hole made by a popped nail, through damaged flashing, or because of water backed up behind an ice dam. The point where the leak found its way to your living space may or may not be close to the leak location.
How to Repair: If you find water leaking into your house from above, contact an experienced roofing professional. Roofing101 will inspect the chimney and vents for cracks in the flashing, check the eaves for damage from ice dams, look for damaged shingles, and check the attic for leaks in the deck.
Damaged or Missing Roof Flashing
The main purpose of flashing is to keep water away from building materials that can be damaged by moisture. Flashing can be replaced or reused during re-roofing and roof repair, but it can also be omitted or incorrectly installed.
How to Repair: A roofing inspection should always include the inspection of roof flashing to identify damaged or missing flashing problems that require correction.
Damaged Gutters and Downspouts
Gutter and downspout damage can range from small dents and scrapes to sections that become crushed or bent. It’s also possible for gutters to pull loose if fascia boards or rafter ends have been weakened by wood rot.
How to Repair: A professional can inspect your gutters and downspouts and clean out any debris that has caused them to clog or replace the gutters if they are damaged.
The impact from hail and windblown objects will sometimes crack the glass in roof-mounted skylights.
How to Repair: In some cases, the damaged glass panel can be replaced, but most often a new skylight unit must be installed.
Roof Ventilation Issues
Sometimes roof vents (like a gable-end vent, for example) allow insects and animals into the attic because they aren’t properly screened. In other cases, there may not be sufficient ventilation, necessitating the installation of additional vents. Ventilation problems can also result when vent openings are blocked.
How to Repair: A skilled, full-service roofing contractor will be able to diagnose and fix these problems and either repair a damaged roof vent or install new vents if necessary.
When wood gets wet and can’t dry out completely, wood rot is likely to occur. Even a small leak can result in rotted roof sheathing and rafters, which will seriously weaken the roof structure. Other areas vulnerable to wood rot include the fascia board and soffit.
How to Repair: These problems are often discovered during a re-roof and can be corrected by patching in new material.
Too Many Layers of Roofing
When a new asphalt shingle roof is installed on an existing house, the old asphalt shingle roof can be removed or left in place. Most building codes say that you can’t install more than two layers of asphalt roofing, but this rule is sometimes ignored. There are two main problems with three layers of roofing. One, the uppermost roofing shingles are likely to be uneven and inadequately anchored to the roof sheathing. Secondly, the combined weight of the roofing material can exceed the strength of the roof framing.
How to Repair: The solution to this common roofing problem is to remove all three layers of roofing and start fresh, directly on the roof sheathing.
Roof Repair Process From Roofing101 in Seattle, WA
Many of the problems described above apply to all kinds of roofing materials, not just wood and asphalt shingles.
When you have issues with your roof, you need a fast and effective repair to save yourself further stress. Rotting wood, incorrect installation, leaking, and other issues can all cause roofing problems from insect and animal infestations to major structural damage. Roofing 101 can inspect your roof, identify any issues, and make a plan to fit within your budget. Not only will you receive excellent customer service, but your roof will also look great and protect your structure. You’ll have peace of mind knowing you made a great investment.
Contact Roofing101 today by filling out our online form or by calling us, to learn more about our many services. Schedule a free roofing estimate and we’ll give you a competitive quote to take care of all your roofing problems.