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Most homeowners would agree that their roof is an essential part of their house. Without it, your family and all your belongings would be exposed to the forces of nature, as would the interior structure of your home. 

Unfortunately, homeowners face many problems with their roofs since they are continually taking the brunt of the weather. Roofs are prone to leaks, missing shingles from storms, wind damage, and holes caused by fallen tree limbs or animals. Additionally, damage can be incurred from improperly installed gutters. 

Some homeowners can expect to find more storm damage than others, depending on their geographical location. People in areas that are routinely pummeled by severe weather are more likely to discover significant damage to their roofs than people who live in more temperate regions. Homeowners in Phoenix, for example, encounter very different challenges with their roofing systems than homeowners here in Charlottesville are accustomed to.

There is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to roofing problems. However, there are specific roofing problems that almost all Charlottesville homeowners will have to confront. Here are the three issues that most commonly occur. 

1) Holes 

Several different things can cause holes to form in a roof, compromising its integrity when it comes to protecting you, your family, and your interior. After a night of intense storms, you might wake up to find the tree from your backyard in your kitchen. Or, you may discover a family of raccoons that’s gotten comfortable in your attic. No matter how the holes in your roof were created, you need to get rid of them quickly. 

While you shouldn’t try to repair the issue yourself, you can prevent further damage while you wait. Find the hole and cover it temporarily with a plastic tarp. Be sure to secure the tarp, so it doesn’t blow away in the wind. But do not forget, you should call a roofing professional as soon as possible.

2) Shingles

We sometimes experience intense storms here in Charlottesville, and the wind from those storms can cause extensive damage to your roof. The wind can easily tear off single shingles or full tabs, leaving your underlayment and your home exposed to the elements. Sometimes animals burrow into your home, which also causes damage to the shingles. Either way, you need to call in an experienced roofing professional before the problem begins to worsen. 

3) Flashing

Flashing is the metallic material used around skylights, rooftop air conditioners, and chimneys. It’s used to provide a barrier between the object and the roofing material. If left unfinished, the small gap will collect water and debris that can damage your roof. If you notice that pieces of your flashing are missing, you need to get in contact with a roofing company to replace it before further damage is sustained. 

Roofing repairs should only be carried out by an experienced professional. Here at Superior Roofing, we’re more than happy to give you a free estimate and get the job done right. Call us today at (434) 284-3981

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