The roof on your home can often be an overlooked part of its construction. If everything inside the structure is dry, you may think there is not a problem. This kind of assumption can cost you misery and money. Proper roof maintenance can protect your home from avoidable damage that is a certainty if maintenance is neglected. Adverse weather conditions may then result in your need to call an Austin roofer to make an emergency repair. Keeping your roof in top condition can minimize the severity of damage that may occur at any time.
Roof Soft Spots – Should I Be Concerned?
What Are Roof Soft Spots?
Soft spots occur when moisture enters the underlying decking of the roof and causes it to deteriorate. Missing or damaged shingles are often the cause of water infiltration into the decking, but damaged flashing can cause water infiltration and soft spots as well. Clogged gutters can also cause soft spots if water or ice backs up on the lower parts of the roof above them. If left unrepaired, the roof decking will sag, creating low spots on the roof that become visible from the outside. If further neglected, water may enter the attic and eventually, the interior of the living space. In worst cases, roof soft spots will collapse, creating holes in the roof.
How Can I Prevent Roof Soft Spots?
As a roof ages, it becomes more susceptible to all types of damage, including soft spots. A roof is constantly exposed to the elements. Storms can be brutal. High winds, hail, rain, ice, and changing temperatures and humidity all contribute to the abuse a roof must endure. Even ideal weather conditions contribute to the aging process with exposure to the sun’s rays. Warm weather produces the conditions that mold and mildew need to survive.
Roof soft spots may not always be evident to the untrained homeowner. Biannual roof inspections are recommended by licensed roofing companies so that any damage can be corrected before it worsens. Look for a roof company that offers free roof inspections as a part of their roof services if you suspect roof damage has occurred. A professional roofer should also perform roof inspections after any severe weather has occurred.
How Are Roof Soft Spots Repaired?
The appearance of soft spots may not necessarily mean you need a full roof replacement. An experienced roofer will need to evaluate the overall condition of the roof. The age of the roof will also be considered. If the shingles have reached the end of their life expectancy, they will need to be replaced. A roof replacement will allow close inspection of the decking. If the shingles are in good condition, the roofer will determine if soft spots are present and how severe they are by accessing your roof. The roofer may also need to access the attic to examine the underside of the decking. While in the attic, the roofer will determine if any structural damage has occurred. Mold and mildew may also be present in the attic, so the roofer will need to determine if the attic has adequate ventilation. The roofer may be able to repair minor soft spots in specific areas of the roof. Any roof covering will have to be removed to repair the damaged area. Damaged decking will have to removed and replaced. New underlayment will be installed on top of the new decking, and new shingles will be placed over the repair. The most important thing is to catch roof problems as quickly as possible. Severe damage to the roof can often be avoided.
For Roofing Austin Homes, Think Alpha
Alpha Roofing is a roofing contractor that services residential and commercial clients in Central Texas. Our services include chimney, flashing, and emergency roof repairs; asphalt shingle, metal roofing, skylight, and preventive roofing maintenance programs, moss removal, and damage inspections. We have an exceptional reputation that is based on our superior craftsmanship and our professional customer service. To receive a free quote, you can fill out the online form or call our office at 512-777-1086.