Smart homeowners arrange for the home’s roofing to be inspected on a regular basis. Still, no one can fix all of the discovered damage at once. That is why it pays to learn what types of damage should be fixed first.

Problems that should not be ignored

Blisters: Spots in the roofing where a small or large bubble has formed. The blistering stretches the roof’s materials. As a result, those stretched substances get thinner, and cannot do an effective job of protecting the home from the elements.

Missing or dislodged shingles: This indicates that some critter has crawled into the attic. Obviously, no family wants to have some small animal living in the home’s attic.

Lose or corroded flashing: That reveals the extent to which heat and moisture have affected the roofing. It also sends a warning, because flashing is supposed to direct rainwater away from any of the protrusions on the rooftop. Corroded flashing could allow water to leak into the unprotected area.

Punctures in roof: Tree branches usually cause these. If not fixed, any hole created by a tree branch will keep getting larger.

What could happen if a homeowner were to ignore those problems, instead of making them priority issues?

Roofers In San Mateo know that there could be a time when the homeowner’s eyes spotted some stains on the wall or ceiling. Those would be water stains.

There might be a night, or series of nights, when some of the home’s residents woke up in response to scratching sounds that were coming from the attic. Those sounds would have announced the existence of an unwanted visitor, some sort of small mammal.

Some day a walk around the yard, with time spent looking at the gardens, might result in discovery of mildew on the exterior walls. Leaks, possibly caused by lose or corroded flashing, would have moistened the walls, thus, creating the sort of environment loved by mildew.

How should homeowners plan to address the priority issues, if more than one has been discovered? Which one ought to be made the “first order of business”?

Some jobs could be tackled before the arrival of a roofer. For instance, if some shingles were missing, someone should buy a few new shingles, so that the roofer would have ready access to at least one of the needed materials.

If a roof inspection had resulted in the discovery of some lose or corroded flashing, a roofer would want to look for leaks. Yet the home’s residents could also check for any interior areas where water from a leak had created a hidden stain. For instance, those residents could check for stains in dark corners, such as inside of a closet or inside of a kitchen cupboard.