Caring for your roof means paying attention to more than just the shingles. There are other components that require maintenance or that can lead to major roof damage.

1. Clogged Gutters

Gutters, with their primary function of water diversion, are a part of your roofing drainage system. If the gutters become clogged with leaves and debris, then water doesn't drain properly. Instead, it will run over the eaves and increase the chance of rot. In winter, the blockages can lead to the water flowing back up the roof and forming an ice dam. Gutters must be cleaned regularly and repaired when leaking so these issues don't occur.

2. Moss Growth

Moss growth, as well as any other debris on the roof, can trap moisture on the shingles. Over time, this moisture degrades the shingles and increases the chances of damage and leaks. Moss can also behave like a dam, which means water doesn't flow off the roof properly. Instead, it gets beneath the shingles and leaks into your home. Roof cleaning prevents these problems.

3. Damaged Vent Boots

Around the base of the various vents and pipes sticking out of your roof is a rubber boot. This boot acts as a seal between the vent and roofing shingles. Over time, the boots can crack or the sealant around their base can fail. When this occurs, a leak can form around the vent or pipe. Have your vent boots inspected annually so any damage can be repaired before a leak occurs.

4. Corroded Flashing

Flashing is used to seal chimneys to the roof surface. It is also sometimes used on roof valleys to create a seal where the two opposing planes of a roof join together. Over time, flashing can rust and corrode, which leads to pinholes that allow water to leak through. You can have worn flashing replaced without replacing the entire roof. This simple task can help prolong the life of your entire roof.

5. Rotten Eaves

The eaves of many roofs are made of wood. Over time, damage allows water to soak into the eaves and they will begin to rot. Rot will then spread to the decking boards that support your roof, and eventually, you will need a complete roof replacement. Keep your eaves painted and sealed to guard against rot, and check them often for damage. You can also upgrade to metal or vinyl eaves so you won't have rot concerns anymore.

Contact a residential roofing contractor if you suspect that any of these roof issues could be causing damage to your roof.