Have you ever felt at a loss when you need to have your home repaired? Looking for roofing solutions can become intimidating if you have no idea about what professionals are talking. While you may not be an expert, you want to at least have some knowledge about your own house.
To help you out, here are some of the most commonly used terms that roofing contractors use:
These are large pipes that basically catch all the water from your gutter and transport the water to the ground or your drainage facility. One of the biggest problems people encounter with them is they can get clogged.
When downspouts get clogged, you’ll find that the rainwater or melted snow could back up into the gutter, which can spill over onto any part around your house. This results in a sheet of water flowing from your roof. At worst, leaves and debris can get into the downspouts, and then the water can seep back into the roof. Most roofing companies, such as ours, can help you with this problem and more.
You can’t expect all your shingles to have the same color even if you order them in one batch. There can be minimal discrepancies. This is shading. You may notice that your roof shingles get lighter or slightly darker colors than the one you chose from a catalog or sample. This is completely normal. You can ask your roof professional what to do if you aren’t satisfied with the color of your shingles.
This is the metal “moat” at the bottom of your roof that catches the water. Most gutters employ a gutter protection system to prevent detritus from accumulating, which prevents water from going to where it needs to go and instead spills over to the sides, which could damage the surrounding landscaping or your walls.
4. Ice Dam
When you get an ice dam, melting snow refreezes at the edges of your roof because of the temperature difference between the top parts of the roof and its lower, warmer regions. This leads to water being directed up and under your roof shingles. This water, when it eventually thaws because the cold doesn’t last forever, leaks into your home.
Don’t be afraid to ask your contractor or roofer what these terms mean or if they say anything that you don’t understand. At CMS Roofing, we would be glad to help you learn more about your own shingles and roof.
For more information on your roof, call us at (803) 732-5558. We serve Charleston and Columbia, SC, and nearby areas.