When it comes to your roof, it always pays to be prepared.

No one wants to have to pay for roof repairs in Edmonton that they could have avoided, and as a homeowner, it always pays to be prepared, especially when it comes to your roof. However, if you don’t know what the potential problems with your roof could be, it’s impossible to avoid them. That’s why the experts at Sargeant’s Roofing have come up with this list of the most common roofing issues and how to avoid them:

#1. Roof Leaks

Regardless of whether you have an asphalt roof or a cedar roof, if you’ve got a roof leak on your hands, you’ve got a problem. Many things can cause roof leaks, including clogged gutters, missing shingles in roof valleys, improper ventilation and insulation, failing flashings and much more. Leaks can be prevented by properly maintaining your roof and getting it inspected on a regular basis.

#2. Pests

Critters, whether they be raccoons, squirrels, mice, insects, birds and many other pests, can inflict some serious damage to your roof. If you hear chirping or scurrying, it’s a sure sign that there is some pest activity going on in your home, possibly even your roof. The key to preventing pests from inflicting too much damage on your roof is to get rid of them as soon as possible, which means that you need to inspect your roof regularly so that you can catch them.

#3. Overhanging Trees

If there are trees in your yard that hang over your roof, it could lead to trouble. Overhanging limbs can rub against your roof, damaging the surface of your shingles and wearing down your roof’s protective layer. Additionally, heavy limbs could also break off and fall on your roof, which could cause serious damage. Any branches that hang over your roof should be kept trimmed away, and if there are trees close enough to your home to pose a threat, you may want to have them removed.

#4. Improper Ventilation

Roof and attic ventilation is essential for maintaining the proper moisture and temperature levels in your attic. Without proper ventilation, the heat and moisture can build up inside your attic, which could lead to damage to sheathing, shingles, rafters and insulation, as well as the growth of mold and mildew, and even high energy bills. If you are unsure about if your roof and attic are properly ventilated or not, have one of our roofers come out to take a look.

#5. Neglected Gutters

In a previous blog, we talked about just how important gutter cleaning is. If you neglect your gutters, you could end up with many different issues. Not only can clogged gutters cause roof leaks, but the excess moisture on your roof can lead to the growth of mold and mildew, and all kinds of insects and rodents are attracted to the debris in clogged gutters, leading to further issues. Luckily, this is an easy fix. All you have to do is stay on top of keeping your gutters clean!

As you can see, there are many different kinds of roofing issues that you could face, but the good news is that all of them can be prevented with regular inspections and proper maintenance. Here at Sargeant’s Roofing, we are proud to handle all of your roofing needs, no matter how big or small they may be. Whether you are already dealing with the roofing issues that we mentioned above or you want to take steps to prevent them, Sargeant’s Roofing has you covered. We offer free roofing inspections and a guaranteed two-hour response time. Contact us today to schedule your appointment!