Portland Roof Repair
Common Problems & Solutions for Your Roofing
There are few things that can make you feel vulnerable more than a roofing problem, especially in an area like Portland where we get our fair share of rain. Our wet climate produces a lot of beauty, but it also produces a unique set of roof problems that we must be on the lookout for.
If you’re in need of roof repair in Portland, don’t hesitate to call our experts at Serv-Tech: (800) 852-0066.
Water on the roof can get underneath the shingles and start leaking. Rain often comes with strong winds and those winds can take their toll on your shingles, from lifting them up just a little bit, to completely ripping them off. The shingles can also be cracked during the summer in cases of extreme heat.
The following are telltale signs that your shingles are in need of repair:
- Cracked and curled shingles
- Granules in the gutters.The granules are the grains from the shingles, and when you start seeing them in the gutter, it means the shingles are growing weaker
- Moss on the roof. If it’s widespread, moss growth can have the same impact as water—that is, lifting your shingles up
Keep in mind that the presence of damaged shingles does not mean the entire roof is damaged. A lot of factors go into consideration before a , not the least of which is the age of the roof. A professional evaluation can help determine the most cost-efficient solution for your roof.
Shingles aren’t something most homeowners give too much thought to,but when they’re properly care for, they improve the overall look of your home. And, more importantly, having durable shingles, correctly installed, can give your roof the best chance of a long-lasting life.
Your roof has a thin material called “flashing” that is placed in areas where the roof could be susceptible to damage. An example would be the dip where two different angles connect. Air vents, chimneys and skylights are other common places where flashing is installed. The intent is to seal off rain and wind.
Flashing is (or at least should be) made of durable material. But their unique position still leaves flashing subject to damage over time. Water can start to seep underneath and eventually create leaks. Flashing is typically not a hard fix, but it is something that needs to be checked out.
If damage to roof flashing is small, repair can be pretty easy. We’ll just identify the gaps, roughen the area around with sandpaper, clean it out and then seal the gap up with roofing cement.
Now if the flashing has suffered serious corrosion, it’s a different story. To thoroughly replace badly damaged flashing requires removal of the shingles surrounding it. This is considerably more advanced than simply gluing down an curled-up shingle like we discussed above. After the shingles are removed, old mortar and caulking has to be chipped out and then everything—from the new flashing to the shingles—must be replaced with precision.
Organisms & Insects
Algae is common in wet climates and ours is no exception. It’s more a cosmetic issue than a serious structural problem, but if you don’t like the way your shingles have been looking lately, this can be a reason.
You can’t be as casual about mold, lichen, and fungus. These not only make the roof look terrible, but over time they wear on the structural value of your roof and home.
It will come as no surprise that ants, termites, and other insects can access your home through the roof. In addition to the basic annoyance these insects cause, they build nests within the roof. As do bigger rodents like squirrels and raccoons. The nests can cause serious structural damage.
An essential part of roof repair is finding out the weak points where organisms, insects and animals are finding access, and fixing them to close off future access.
The Surrounding Home
Your gutters and attic might not be the roof, but their connection means they can indirectly impact the roof, and they can offer telltale signs of troubles. For example, if you clean your gutters regularly and find yourself having to deal with a lot of grainy bits, those are probably granules--the surface protection area of the shingles. Their presence in the gutters means the shingles are wearing down.
Poor ventilation in the attic can also hold the key to problems with the shingles, leading to heat and moisture buildup. Good roof repair involves a holistic approach to your home that includes looking at the key areas adjoined to the roof and repairing those as well.
Wind, Trees & Rain
Finally, there are just the flat-out direct hits that Mother Nature sometimes delivers to our homes. Heavy winds can blow big branches, or even a tree itself to land on your roof. Snow and ice may weigh down heavy enough to come crashing through. Maybe that record-breaking rain we got in September 2021 finally wore your roof down and you were left putting buckets in the kitchen to catch the drops. When these things happen, you don’t need us to tell you it’s time to call in roof repair.
How We Can Help
Just like your roof requires looking at both the direct and surrounding problems, so too should your roof repair team address the whole situation that roof problems bring. That includes dealing with your homeowners’ insurance.
At Serv-Tech, we’ll review your policy and make sure you know what you have coverage for. We’ll provide all the necessary paperwork to your insurance adjuster. We’ll walk the adjuster through your home to make sure they know the damage that you suffered. And when it’s time to get down to work, Serv-Tech will be sending a team of certified, trained and background-checked professionals to fix your roof.
Call us at (800) 852-0066 or reach out to us online and let us go to work on your roof repair in Portland.