Prevalent Exteriors Inc can service and repair any residential roofing system to ensure that you will get optimum performance and the full life span from your roofing materials.
Most roofing systems have life spans of twenty plus years tho without proper maintenance they will fail prematurely, any roof system should be inspected by a professional roofing contractor around ten years old then every five to six years to avoid water damage to the structure and interior. The reasons that a roof system can fail only half way thru the design life is that most components of the roof system do not have the same life span as the actual roofing, like the way certain auto parts will not last the entire life span of a vehicle.
If your roof is more than ten years old it would be advantageous for you to contact us today for a free roof inspection.
The most common roof leak issues due to component failure consist of;
1. Pipe flashing failure (should be replaced every ten years max).
Aluminum base with neoprene grommet that seals roof penetrations against water damage around the vent pipe through the roof .
2. Chimney flashingfailure (should be inspected and sealed every ten years max).
Chimney flashing systems are usually copper or aluminum and custom made on site to match your chimney dimensions and roof pitch. Consist of 1 base flashing installed onto roof surface at low end of chimney, continuous step flashings installed onto roof surface on both sides of chimney, 1 head flashing installed onto roof surface on high end of chimney, continuous counter flashings installed and sealed onto chimney surface overlapping base, step and head flashings.
3. Clogged gutter systems (should be inspected and cleaned minimum of twice per year unless a good filter system is installed).
4. Metal valley flashing failure (should be inspected and sealed every ten years max). Metal valley flashing is usually aluminum or copper fabricated into a w shape. It is installed beneath the roofing where two roof sections meet at a downward angle.
5. Worn out aluminum ridge vents (should be inspected, sealed and or replaced at ten years max).
A ridge vent runs the entire length of the roof peak, blending into the roofline for a more attractive home. Years of research prove that a ridge vent with external baffles and an internal weather filter, combined with undereave venting, is the most efficient attic ventilation system you can install.
6. Worn out or loose step flashing(should be inspected every five to six years max). Step flashing is used on the side of the shingle when it meets a vertical termination such as a wall. They are pieces of metal, usually aluminum, that prevent water from entering between the shingle and the wall. Step flashing is bent at almost a 90 degree angle and placed underneath each course of shingle and then up against the wall.
Other common roof leaks issues can be caused by items like;
1. Missing roof tiles that may or may not be visible from the ground will allow water to get under the shingles and eventually thru the underlayment then into interior.
2. Missing siding panels that may or may not be visible from the ground can expose the top side of step flashing and allow water to run down the wall and enter the interior.
3. Improperly placed or exposed fasteners that rust out and create openings for water to enter the interior.
4. Debris build up on the roofing that creates a dam will force the water to puddle and get under the shingles and eventually thru the underlayment then into interior.
If you are experiencing water leaks into your homes interior the water has penetrated thru the roofing, roof deck, walls and sub walls, insulation, sheetrock or drywall. If these issues are not repaired immediately they can compromise the integrity of the structure by rotting the framing and create many other major issues like black mold that can affect your health as well as accelerate wood rot, mildew build up on your insulation and drywall or sheetrock, damage to flooring and electrical systems. You should contact us today for a free roof inspection.