Your home’s roofing system is a complex structure made up of different components designed to withstand the harsh elements. However, some parts of the roof are more vulnerable to experiencing problems than others. Knowing more about your roof’s weak spots can prevent roof damage and make it easier to check out any problems before they begin!
The ridges are parts of your roof where top edges of two roof slopes meet. Ridges are weak points because shingles can’t provide complete coverage over the area. Ridges are protected by flashing strips or ridge tiles, but those components are prone to sealant deterioration over time. During a routine roof inspection, experts often check the ridges before anything else.
The opposite of roof ridges, roof valleys are where the side or bottom edges of two slopes meet. Because the roof valleys are angled upwards, water is naturally funneled towards them, making them extremely vulnerable to moisture damage. Any sign of damage anywhere along a roof valley should be your cue to call for a professional inspection.
The eaves are the part of the roofing system that extends beyond the roof’s structure. Unlike the rest of the roofing system, they can’t hold as much weight because there’s nothing under it. This can be a major issue, especially when debris accumulates by the edges of the roof. Keeping the eaves clean is a high priority during routine roof maintenance.
The soffit serves as an external ceiling, protecting the supports underneath the eaves and providing ventilation. Unlike indoor ceilings, the soffit is subjected to much more wear and tear caused by the harsh elements. Make sure your roofing contractor prioritizes checking the soffit for cracks, malformations and signs of water penetration.