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Common Roofing Problems
The Basics: Shingles are an essential part of your roof. They direct the flow of water off your roof and prevent leaks getting in and energy getting out.
Why it happens: Shingles are constantly exposed to rain, snow, wind, and severe weather, so even the best ones eventually deteriorate. Exceptionally strong weather and extreme temperatures are more likely to cause shingles to deteriorate faster. Even moss can cause damage to shingles if not discovered.
How to prevent it: Regular roof inspections from Infinity Exteriors will make sure this doesn’t cause further problems. If shingles are already damaged, we can quickly replace affected shingles or do a roof tear-off if totally necessary.
The Basics: Heat from your home warms your roof surface in winter, melting snow and ice. This water flows down to the cold eaves and gutters, where it refreezes and gradually creates an ice dam. Water will pool behind the ice dam and leak through the shingles into your roof structure, attic, and house interior.
This is an especially common problem in older Milwaukee homes.
Why it happens: Improper attic insulation lets your shingles heat up. Your attic space should be as close to the outside air temperature as possible, especially in the winter.
How to prevent it: Infinity Exteriors contractors recommend installing AttiCat Blown-In insulation to keep heat in your home and not on your roof. Not only are ice dams prevented from forming, heat remains in your living area for reduced energy bills at the end of winter.
The Basics: Flashing is any weatherproof material added to joints or seams in the roof to prevent water damage.
Why it happens: If a flashing is not installed correctly, it won’t keep water out. Chimneys, window lattices, roof valleys & ridges, and other seams and joints of roof should have flashing to stop leaks.
How to prevent it: We can recommend the right material for your roof’s flashings to maintain the aesthetic of your home without allowing further leaks. We will give you an estimate on installing the new flashings or fixing the old ones so you know upfront how much repairs will cost.
The Basics: The chimney is meant to allow smoke and gases safely out of your home from your fireplace or boiler. Without proper protection, water can enter the chimney and wear away at the mortar.
Why it happens: Older chimneys or poorly constructed ones often are exposed completely. The flue is meant to let gas and smoke out, not stop rain from getting in, leading to water damage in your house. The seams between the chimney and the rest of the roof may also be a weak spot and prime for leaks.
How to prevent it: A chimney cap installation is the first and most efficient way to keep any rainwater from getting into your chimney. Additional flashings around the base of your chimney will also protect the seams from letting in water and speeding up the deterioration of your home.
Leaky Roof Valley
The Basics: A roof valley is where two sections of roof come together, usually at an angle. This can be from a new addition or how the house was always designed.
Why it happens: A leak at this point in the roof can have multiple causes. Since the valley is a natural weak spot on the roof, it is common for shingles to not be properly aligned or cut. New additions especially are more likely to experience a leak after settling.
How to prevent it: Adding a shingle covering is one solution to keep rainwater and snowmelt out of your house. Another is to have the roofing experts of Infinity Exteriors cut the shingles so they divert water as originally intended. Adding a seamless aluminum gutter will collect the water and dispose of it away from the rest of your home.
Rotted Fascia Board
The Basics: The fascia is the wood board running along the edge of your roof. Water pouring over your fascia board will cause it to rot.
Why it happens: When gutters are not installed correctly, the fascia board deals with a lot more water than it’s meant to. The lack of a properly installed drip edge will allow water to soak your fascia board and rot it. Clogged gutters can also allow water to back up underneath the drip edge and get into the fascia.
How to prevent it: Fascia board rot can be prevented or delayed by installing a drip edge, repairing/replacing broken gutters, clearing gutters, or painting/caulking the fascia board. Keeping the fascia board intact will also help protect your soffits from water damage, a much more expensive problem to repair.
Bird & Squirrel Nesting
The Basics: Due to cold temperatures common in Wisconsin, animals seek shelter wherever they can find it. This includes your home, as exposed attic spaces are dry and warm enough for a suitable nesting habitat.
Why it happens: Birds and small rodents can squeeze into very small openings in a deteriorated roof. Soffit vents, chimneys, gutters, and window wells can provide access points for these animals. Gutters in particular are convenient places for birds to build their nests, blocking water runoff and exposing your home to water damage.
How to prevent it: One way to keep birds and squirrels from making your home theirs is to reduce access points. AttiCat Blown-In insulation is an alternative to traditional soffit, which rodents are known to nest in during winter. Installing a covered aluminum gutter will also minimize entry points and nesting areas for birds.
The Basics: Buckling is when your roof surface becomes warped, and shingles don’t lay flat as they should.
Why it happens: Any one or more of your shingles, underlayment, or decking can be affected by moisture or heat. This may be due to inadequate ventilation or improperly installed roof components.
How to prevent it: Infinity Exteriors will determine the current cause of the roof buckling and how to best prevent further buckling. We’ll repair the roof the right way so we don’t have to come back and fix it again next year.
Quality Milwaukee Roofing Repairs
Our Milwaukee roofing contractors are skilled in Milwaukee roofing repairs for all aspects of your roofing system. While many roof repair issues are caused by improper installation of roofing shingles, other causes can include improper insulation of your attic, inadequate attic intake ventilation, and other sources which are often ignored by many Milwaukee roofing contractors. Infinity Exteriors is more than just a Milwaukee roofing company. Instead of employing simple shingle patching and replacement techniques requiring additional Milwaukee roofing repair service every couple of years, our Milwaukee roofing contractors have a thorough knowledge of roof systems to stop the problem at its source for a most complete, long-lasting Milwaukee roof repair. Infinity Exteriors of Waukesha is the best choice for roof repair and roof replacement in Milwaukee because we look at your roof repair issue in the context of your entire roofing system and find the underlying cause of your roof repair need.
Milwaukee Roofing Repair Warranties
Our Milwaukee roofing contractors are qualified to make roofing repairs under the roofing manufacturer's warranties even if a different Milwaukee roofing contractor installed your roof. Infinity Exteriors utilizes the highest quality roofing system components with the best manufacturer's warranties ensuring a Milwaukee roof repair guaranteed to last far into the future. We offer a lifetime warranty on any roofing system installed by our Milwaukee roofing contractors. If you encounter a problem with an Infinity Exteriors Milwaukee roofing system today, tomorrow, or thirty years from now, our Milwaukee roofing contractors will fix it. From meeting the manufacturers' warranty requirements on roofing products installed by other Milwaukee roofing contractors to offering a lifetime guarantee on Milwaukee roofing systems installed by us, Infinity Exteriors Milwaukee roofing warranties have you covered.