Four Common Roof Problems

If your roof has been damaged lately and you tried to repair it yourself, you know how frustrating it can be. Let the Maryland, Washington, DC and Virginia roofing experts at Shanco Companies help. Armed with the right knowledge – and with the right local roofing company, you’ll be able to better handle any roofing issue that arises.

Want to learn more about common roofing problems so you can be more prepared in the future? We’ve got you covered. We’ve compiled a list of four common roof problems and what causes them. If you don’t see your roof problem on this list, just call us today and we can help you decide on the best course of action!

Missing or Damaged Shingles

Causes of this roof problem:

  • Heavy rain
  • Hail
  • High winds
  • Blistering due to excessive heat (often from poor ventilation)

What to do – sometimes you can repair or replace roof shingles yourself if you know what you’re doing. If you need tips, feel free to call us. For the best results, however, hire a professional roofing company that can repair or replace your shingles in a snap! You won’t have to buy a big ladder and risk life and limb up on your roof.

Roof Vent Damage

Causes of this roof problem:

  • Animals
  • Hail

What to do – a smashed or damaged roof vent can cut off air flow to and from the attic, which can cause a heat buildup and make your energy bills – and discomfort levels – skyrocket! The best thing to do is replace your roof vent, which is best left to professional roofers.

Clogged Gutters

Causes of this roof problem:

  • Ice or snow buildup
  • Buildup of leaves and other debris
  • Lack of maintenance and cleaning

What to do – when it comes to roof maintenance, don’t overlook your gutters! They are your first line of defense against water seepage in basements and garages. If your gutters are simply clogged and you are able to clean them out yourself, do so right away. If not, or if your gutters are actually damaged, call a local roofing company!

Algae or Moss Growth

Causes of this roof problem:

  • Not enough sun
  • Damp conditions

What to do – if you have algae or moss growing on the North side of your roof (which is less exposed to direct sunlight) or in parts of the roof that are shady and stay damp after it rains, such as those parts under your chimney or under your satellite dish, you need to first remove any existing moss (call us for how to deal with moss or algae removal). It’s also a good idea to cut any overhanging branches that block direct sunlight.

For any roof problems you have in Maryland, Washington, DC or Virginia, we have a solution! Your roof is in good hands with Shanco. Call us today to learn more about common roof problems and how to fix them!

Our Service Area

Shanco provides roofing services in Maryland, Northern Virginia, and Washington, DC. In particular, we service Alexandria and Arlington in Virginia. In Maryland, we service the greater areas of Columbia, Gaithersburg, Germantown, Olney, Potomac, Rockville, and Silver Spring. Finally, we service the greater areas of Washington, DC.

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