You want your roof to be in excellent condition, which means keeping an eye on the shingles so you can have them repaired at the first sign of damage. But many homeowners are unaware that roof integrity depends upon much more than the shingles. Are you overlooking the following roof structures? If so, you may be courting a major roof failure in the future.
The soffits are the section of the roof that runs along the underside of the roofline, around the perimeter of the home. They serve a very important function—ventilation. Most soffits are equipped with some style of vent, which can range from small holes drilled at regular intervals to actual vents installed into the soffit. When inspecting the soffits, first make sure that all vents are covered with mesh screening—this keeps pests out of your attic. Next, inspect for damage. Vinyl and aluminum soffits are relatively damage resistant, but wood soffits need to be checked for rot and will require periodic repainting.
#2: Gutters and eaves
Your gutter and eave system can compromise the integrity of your entire roof if there is a problem. Most commonly, the gutters are either clogged or not aligned properly. When clogged, water backs up on the roof and can get beneath the shingles, but cleaning the gutters and downspouts solves this issues. Misaligned gutters can allow water to run down the siding of your home, where it can leak indoors. This can also cause the eaves to rot if they are made of wood. Realigning the gutters so that water draining from the roof flows directly into them and not behind them will remedy the problem. Follow this up with an eaves inspection and touch up the paint on any exposed wood.
Flashing is the thin metal strips used to cover the gaps in the shingles, most commonly along valleys in your roof or around rooftop structures like chimneys. Flashing often has a shorter lifespan than your roof, so by simply replacing worn flashing you may be able to prolong the life of your roof. Perform a roof inspection from the ground or from atop a ladder (although you should avoid actually walking onto the roof). Locate all flashing and then get in the habit of checking it regularly for obvious damage, such as peeling up, flaking, or simply pulling away from the shingles. If you notice a problem, get it fixed immediately so water doesn't seep underneath.
By knowing these issues you can avoid them. Contact a roofing contractor in your area for more help.