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Common Roofing Damages

by Marc Cole

A homeowner that is not aware of the various issues that can afflict their roof may not be prepared to take action when these problems start to develop. As a result, these individuals can find themselves unable to effectively manage the repair process that their home may need to undergo. 

Alligator Cracks On The Shingles

Alligator cracking is one of the most common problems that can develop with aging roofing materials. These cracks will be fairly long, and they will spread across much of the roofing exterior. They earn their name due to the resemblance that the interlocking set of cracks can have to alligator skin. This can be an issue that may not seem like it could cause substantial damage to the home, but these cracks can allow moisture to enter the roof where it can cause numerous complications.

Curling Along The Edges Of The Shingles Or Metal Roofing

Curling can be another issue that the home's roof can experience. This problem will be the most prominent along the edges of the roof. Whether the edges are curling up or down, you will want to act to repair a roof that is suffering from noticeable curling. This problem often indicates that the roofing materials have degraded enough that exposure to intense heat and moisture can cause them to warp. Eventually, this curling can develop into the roof itself, warping so that it may no longer form a tight fit against the frame of the home.

Blisters Forming On Asphalt Or Rubber Roofing Materials

While many of the roofing problems that your home can experience will be a risk regardless of the type of material that was used in the roof, asphalt and rubber roofing can encounter blistering. When asphalt or rubber starts to blister, there will be small inflated pockets that start to form. These can be highly noticeable, and they can also indicate that the roof is needing immediate repairs to avoid major damage to the home. Water getting beneath the surface of the asphalt or the rubber can contribute to this problem. The vapor from the evaporating water can put enough pressure on the rubber or asphalt to cause it to balloon out. Unfortunately, this will severely weaken that section of the roof, and this may increase the prospects of a leak developing. Sadly, replacement is the only option for addressing shingles or rubber roofing that has suffered blistering, and this will need to be done promptly to limit the risk of water damage occurring or the roofing material completely failing.

Contact a roofer for more information.