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How to know if our roof needs repair

Our roofs are powerful shields that protect us against sunlight, extreme weather, wildlife, and natural disasters. As the seasons and years pass, the foundation and lifespan of our roofs deteriorate.

We often overlook the condition of the roof since it covers the upper portion of our homes. It is recommended to inspect the roof at least once a year. How can we determine if our roof needs repairs?

It is not necessary to be an expert to identify signs of an imminent roof collapse. We have listed some of the most important and common indicators to look out for before it’s too late.

MISSING OR BROKEN SHINGLES

Inadequate attic ventilation, high winds, and heavy rains can cause shingles to curl or go missing. Curling typically occurs at the corners of the shingles, where they bend up or under themselves. These are all signs that you should schedule a roof inspection before further damage or leaks occur.

Roofs with missing, curled, or broken shingles are less effective as barriers against severe weather and other natural elements. They should be repaired.

Additional tip: Asphalt shingles are coated with granules to increase their lifespan and provide an additional barrier against natural disasters. Over time, these granules can accumulate in gutters.

WATER LEAKS

Water leaks or damages can cause serious problems for your home’s structure and foundation in a very short time. If water reaches your electrical wiring, ceiling lights, or junction box, it can cause a short circuit. Even the smallest leaks on your roof should be checked. It is possible to fix a roof leak without replacing the entire roof.

CEILING STAINS

Ceiling stains are one of the more obvious signs of roof damage. Brown spots or patches can indicate that your roof needs to be inspected as soon as possible. If you notice water stains on the ceiling, it could be a sign of a leaking roof or condensation in your home. Poor ventilation or inadequate underlayment can cause ceiling stains. Pinpointing the exact location of the leak can be difficult, so it’s best to contact an expert or your contractor right away.

VISIBLE DAYLIGHT

If daylight is visible through your roof, it is a clear sign that your roof has already been damaged and needs immediate repair. Rain will follow if daylight can enter.

ALGAE OR MOSS GROWTH

It is likely that your roof, or a side of your roof, has developed mold, algae, or moss over several months. These growths usually occur on the side of the roof that receives little sunlight. These microorganisms can also be harmful to your family’s health.

To maximize the lifespan of your roof, you should remove moss and algae as soon as they appear.

Professional roof cleaning is the best way to eliminate algae or moss from your roof. Power washing may cause granules to dislodge since algae can make surfaces slippery.

DAMAGED ROOF VALLEYS

Roof valleys are formed when two roof slopes intersect. They are designed to allow proper drainage of rainwater. Incorrectly installed valleys can cause serious leaks. Roof valleys are designed to last up to 20 years, but if you have a roof under a large tree, they may deteriorate sooner. It is recommended to inspect your roof valleys after the rainy season.

BLISTERING EXTERIOR PAINT

Roof paint serves as a protective layer over your roofing material, shielding it from UV rays and moisture. However, if the paint suddenly blisters or peels, it may indicate a problem caused by high humidity, excessive temperature, or inadequate attic ventilation. Check your roof if you notice exterior paint that is peeling or blistering.

HIGH UTILITY BILLS

A sudden increase in your electricity or energy bills could also be a sign of roof damage. An old, damaged, or improperly insulated roof can cause cold air to escape, leading to increased energy consumption.

This post was written by Ted Williams! Ted is the owner of A Old Time Roofing which is the premier roofing contractor Clearwater Contractor! Ted is a Master Elite Weather Stopper GAF Roofing Contractor, a double award winner of Best Steep-Slope Contractor from GAF and achiever of Master Elite Consumer Protection Excellence from GAF. He has been serving the Pinellas County area since 1978. Old Time Roofing has a tradition of quality workmanship, servicing residential and commercial properties.

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