The Most Vulnerable Areas On Your Roof

Aug 21, 2021Blog, Roofing

The roof of your home may appear uninteresting and straightforward to the untrained eye. But you’ll be surprised to know that it is a complex system made up of many parts, each functioning together like a well-oiled machine.

Each roofing section comes together to function as a complete protection system that safeguards your home from the outside world. A roofing system installed by a professional roofing company should last you between 25 – 50 years, depending on your roofing materials. Regularly maintaining your roof will ensure that your roof thrives for years without major issues.

Particular areas on your roof 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 boards situated along the edge of your roof, creating a roofing trim. The fascia protects your roof and your home from things like wind, rain, and hail.

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.

Fascia boards usually comprise wood and other natural materials, which means the constant exposure to water will likely lead to the material rotting over time.

Flashing

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

Flashing is often made from metal; therefore, when this metal oxidizes over the years, it gets worn away, reducing the effectiveness of the flashing. They’re also known to loosen over time, and when this happens, your roofing materials are thus exposed to the damaging effects of water.

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 are notorious for attracting pests and insects. Being a rather thin material, the soffit is prone to water damage, especially due to leaks in your fascia or surrounding 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.

If your gutters are clogged, water has no way of leaving your roofing system and can lead to further damages to your roof.

For more information on roofing issues and how to fix them, don’t hesitate to call Rainout Roofing.

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