We Offer Roof Repair Services in Collierville, Tennessee
The technicians here at Beneficial Roofing of Collierville, TN are experts in roofing repair and maintenance. Benjamin Franklin once said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” This statement is certainly true of your roof. Regular roof maintenance can help you catch little repair issues before they grow into major problems. What is regular roof maintenance? We’re glad you asked!
Regular Roof Maintenance
Basically, regular roof maintenance involves simply getting up on your roof once or twice a year and checking for any potential problems. A trip to the attic is also a good idea. Once you’re on the roof, check for these things:
- Look for missing, cracked, or curling shingles.
- Check for dark spots on the roof.
- Be sure flashing and sealant around all vents, skylights, and chimneys are secure and patent
- Make sure the drip edge is intact, without cracks or missing pieces
- Make sure step flashing around dormers and in roof-to-wall transitions is secure, no missing nails or metal roof bolts
- Trim branches that are too close to the roof.
- Clean leaves and debris from gutters and downspouts
- Check for loose or missing gutter sections or hardware
- Make sure gutters are securely attached to the roof.
- Check for missing caulk, paint peeling, soffit, and fascia rotting
- Remove branches, leaves, and any other loose debris from the roof
In the attic and other interior ceiling and walls, check for stains that could indicate that water is seeping through the roof somewhere
Common residential roof repair needs
Though each home’s roof is unique, all homes have common repair needs. Roof repair problems arise from a variety of sources.
The most common source is the natural aging of the roofing materials.
Constant exposure to the changing elements eventually causes shingles to dry and curl or tear loose.
Flashing (the material around your chimney and vents) can be bent or twisted and come loose from the roof. Drip edge flashing can crack or break.
The primary culprit for water damage is a clogged gutter and downspout. Leaves and debris clump up and prevent adequate drainage. This causes water to back up and can lead to mold and moss growth under the edge of your roof, so be sure to check your gutters and downspouts, especially at the change of seasons.
Another area where we see the need for repairs in the soffit areas. Insects and small animals seek shelter in the overhang of the roof and can cause cracks, holes, and rotting in this overlooked area.
Common Commercial Roof Repairs
The arch nemesis of the commercial roof is water. The difference in materials and construction techniques makes commercial roofs particularly susceptible to water damage. What are the major causes of leaks in the commercial roof? Here’s a short list:
Strong winds can damage roofing materials seams and blow caps off pipes and vents
Flashing is the roofing material installed around vents, pipes, and over curbs and walls. It serves to direct water away from the roofing seams. Natural contraction and expansion of the commercial roof can cause damage to the flashing so that it rips or cracks, allowing water to run toward seams rather than away.
Damage from workmen
Whenever you add materials or equipment to your roof, you run the risk of damage from foot traffic and potential damage from mishandled tools.
Water can pool on commercial roofs for several reasons. A clogged drainage system is a primary culprit, although faulty design or installation may also be at fault. An HVAC unit without a proper drain line can also cause pooling on the roof.
When to call for help
Some commercial roof repairs can be done as DIY projects, but when you see the following signs, you’ll know you need to call in the professionals:
- Bubbling or blistering
- Increased energy bills
- If you can’t remember the last time you had your roof serviced
Need repairs? We’ve got you covered!
Many minor roof repairs can be weekend DIY projects. But why take up your weekend with dangerous and tiresome roofing repairs? Don’t the minors grow into the majors! Our certified and professional roofing technicians at Collierville, TN can take care of all your repair needs.