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3 Common Pitched Roof Problems & How to Avoid Them

Pitched Roof Construction

When your roof is pitched, this means that it has a steep slope to it. Sloped roof construction comprises many parts, including the roof deck, underlayment, and roof covering. You may also have additional protections, such as a moisture membrane or leak barriers. Pitched roofs are most common in residential settings, but commercial roofs can also be sloped.

Pitched roofs utilize many different materials, including:

  • Tiles
  • Asphalt shingles
  • Wooden shingles
  • Wooden shake
  • Metal

The lifespan of a pitched roof varies depending on the type of material it is made from. Asphalt roofs will last for around 15-20 years, whereas tile roofs will last significantly longer. To get the most out of your pitched roof, you should schedule yearly inspections and maintenance service with a professional roofer like ours at Lyons Roofing.

Keep reading to learn about three common problems that affect pitched roofs and what you can do to avoid them.

Problem #1: Drainage Issues & Leaks

Water is incredibly destructive, and it is one thing that roofs are particularly susceptible to. While pitched roofs are less likely to have the same issues with pooling water that flat roofs do, they are still vulnerable to water damage due to drainage issues and leaks. If drainage pathways are not kept clear, debris can buildup creating a dam. Water gets stuck here and can get forced into your roofing materials through pinholes and cracks. Additionally, heavy rains and wind can damage shingles and flashing, creating openings for water to get into your roofing materials.

How to Avoid Drainage and Leak Issues

One of the best things you can do for your roof is to keep it clear of debris. This is something you can do yourself, and you should make a habit of routinely checking your roof for leaf buildup, branches, and other materials that find their way up there. Most debris is easily removed by hand, and if you stay on top of it, it doesn't take much time at all.

Problem #2: Damaged Flashing

Flashing is used to prevent water from getting into your roof around various roof structures and roof installations. You will find flashing around chimneys, skylights, solar tube lights, and drainage systems. Though flashing is highly effective at keeping water out, it is not impervious to damage. Over time, metal can rust, and bad weather or storms can cause direct damage to flashing. For example, winds and hail are known to tear or rip flashing. When this happens, your roof becomes compromised.

How to Avoid Problems with Damaged Flashing

Though you cannot stop bad weather from damaging your flashing, you can make it a habit to inspect your flashing after a severe weather event. If you notice any signs of wear or tear, reach out to a professional roofer for guidance. Your roofer can repair or replace any damaged flashing, as well as repair any other damage that occurred. Even if the damage looks small, don't wait to make repairs. Even a tiny amount of corrosion can lead to significant water damage.

Problem #3: Poor Installation

Perhaps the most important thing when it comes to roofing is ensuring that your roof is installed by licensed, professional roofers. Roofing systems are complicated and require great attention to detail and precision during the installation process. It is also not something to be rushed, nor is it ever a good idea to cut corners. Improper or low-quality roof installation can cause you a whole host of problems. When a roof is installed incorrectly, it loses its protective qualities and fails to do its job.

How to Avoid Poor Roof Installation

Always work with a trusted, reliable roofing company. Additionally, it is always best to work with a local roofer familiar with the area and has a good reputation in your local community. An established roofer, like Lyons Roofing, will be there for you throughout the process and beyond. We have been serving clients for nearly three decades. Many of our customers have been with us since the very beginning. We take great pride in our work, and we are here for you even after the job is done.