Loveland Roofing: Article About Roof Warning Signs
Knowing when to replace your roof can be tricky. If you wait until missing or broken shingles allow water to seep into your home, you risk suffering costly damage to drywall, carpets, furnishings and your home's structure. Replace your roof too early, and you might end up feeling as if you've spent money sooner than was necessary.
In most cases, inspecting your roof a couple of times a year will take some of the guesswork out of the equation. Every fall and spring, check out your attic and your interior ceilings. Then, walk around the outside of your house, looking carefully at your roof, the gutters and flashing. There are a number of clues that your roof needs some attention from a Loveland roofing expert.
Inside your home, warning signs of a roof problem appear as brown stains or wet spots on your ceiling. In your attic, similar stains and spots or a sagging roof deck can mean that your roof is leaking.
Outside your home, the signs of aging, damaged roofs are plentiful. First, look in your gutters. If you see excessive amounts of a sand-like substance, your asphalt roof shingles may be shedding too much of their protective layer of granules. Shingles that have dark gray or black spots on them are also a sign of significant granule loss. When granules are missing, your roof loses its ability to withstand weather conditions, and shingles can become brittle, easily cracked and broken.
As you are looking at your roof, check for missing or loose shingles caused by a degraded tar strip. If just a few shingles are gone, you may be able to replace the missing shingles without replacing your entire roof.
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Cracked, curled or clawed shingles expose your roof to ice damage and wind. These defects are caused by the sun's attack on a shingle's asphalt layers, making the shingle shrink, curl and allow water to penetrate your roof's protective layers. Similarly, buckled shingles can appear as wavy vertical lines along your roof. Those shingles are vulnerable to wind gusts and ice damage and can be easily whipped away from the roof surface.
If you see a great deal of moss or algae growing on your roof, address it immediately. Sometimes, moss can be cleaned from your roof; in other cases, it's a sign that your roof needs to be replaced. Moss damages your roof by burrowing its roots into the shingles, growing and expanding until it separates them. The damage escalates from there, so take moss growth seriously.
Other warning signs surround your roof's flashing. Do not go onto your roof, but check around the chimney, eaves, rakes and skylights to ensure that your flashing's caulking isn't dried out. If the flashing has separated or lifted from the roof, it needs to be replaced. Check with an expert roofer to see if the damaged flashing is indicative of a larger problem.
Taking a few minutes twice a year to examine your roof helps you to become more familiar with what is normal and enables you to easily and quickly identify issues or problems.