Did you know that even the smallest roof damage can give rise to so many more serious problems, including water damage, health and safety hazards, and compromised structural integrity? That’s right. And this doesn’t even scratch the surface of the consequences of a faulty roofing.
This just goes to show how important it is to look after your roof – the single, largest immovable component of your home – and treat every issue it has as a cause of concern.
Because the longer you put off contacting a licensed roofer for necessary repairs, the worse the damage will become, and the greater your unnecessary expenses will be.
So, before any of these repercussions happen, check out this ultimate guide we made to help you recognize roofing issues early on.
Roof Parts on the Ground
Starting your roof assessment on the ground is the simplest way to determine roof damage, especially after heavy rains, harsh winds, or storms.
Once the weather has cleared and you can go out, check the surrounding area of your property to look for roofing parts, such as shingles and/or tiles. Also, be on the lookout for other large debris that may have hit your roof prior to landing on the ground, like tree branches or even trunks.
Bents and/or Dents on Roof Edges and Drainpipes
Severe weather can also cause bending or denting on the outermost edges of roofs, as well as drainpipes and valleys. These damages limit their functioning, and leaving them unrepaired can result in the problem worsening.
For instance, a bent drainpipe will have difficulties in draining away water, which can then lead to the water overflowing off the gutters. This may even cause the pipes to burst from too much pressure.
Damaged and/or Missing Tiles or Shingles
Check for missing tiles or shingles as well as signs of physical flaws including dents, cracks, and broken-off pieces. Other signs of roof damage are buckling, clawing, and curling shingles.
Make sure that you use a sturdy and stable ladder, and that you don’t step on any part of the roof itself. This is for your own safety, seeing as some parts of the roofing system may already have a considerably compromised integrity. Any additional load may cause it to collapse.
Inclement weather can easily tear off the parts of a shingle, slate, or tile roof. When this happens, your roof will sustain balding, which is basically bald spots due to the missing parts.
Gutter and/or Flashing Damage
Roof flashing refers to the metal components found in the roofing joints. Because these generally consist of materials made of aluminum or galvanized steel, they are the weakest areas of a roof. This means they have the highest likelihood of sustaining damages during inclement weather.
Examine this part of the roof for signs like holes and the typical cracks and dents. You should have these repaired right away since they can quickly pave the way for bigger water damage problems.
Damages to the Indoor Walls and Ceiling
The signs of roof damage don’t just present themselves outside your house; they can make themselves just as evident indoors, particularly through the ceiling and the interior side of the walls.
In most cases, these appear in the form of blistering or cracking paint, as well as curling of the wallpaper. You may also notice discoloration or staining on the ceiling.
Actual Leaks from the Ceiling
When you experience actual leaking inside your home, this is an obvious sign that your roof is already significantly damaged. Don’t wait until the leaks become so bad it may already appear as if it’s raining inside your home.
The Dreaded Water Damage
Even the smallest roof leaks, over time, can transform into expensive water damage. Leave these unrepaired, and they can cause decay and other forms of structural damage to your ceiling and walls.
Mold Growth and Spread
It takes very little for molds – those tiny patches of velvety white, green, brown, or black growths that you may have already seen on surfaces in and around your home – to start multiplying quickly. Just give them some moisture and organic materials, and they can already spread throughout your house in as little as one to two days.
The tiny leaks in your roof allowing water to enter your home is enough to give these microorganisms what they need to survive and thrive. And while molds aren’t an immediate threat, huge colonies of them can already trigger allergies and asthma attacks.
They can also cause similar symptoms even in healthy people.
Spikes in Your Utility Bills
A lot of people are unaware of this, but roof damage can also cause increases in energy consumption of home heating and cooling devices. Problems with the roofing system can minimize its insulating properties, leading to bigger and more frequent heat gains and losses.
As a result, your space heater or cooler will try to compensate by working doubly hard, thereby consuming more energy.
Higher energy consumption means higher electricity bills, so in case you’ve noticed such spikes, it may already indicate that you have roof problems.
This is especially true for homes that have electrical wiring installed in the attic or ceiling. If this is true in your case, and your roof starts leaking, water can make contact with the wires, causing them to short or spark.
A single spark that lands on combustible materials are all it takes for a fire to start.
Even when it doesn’t, always keep in mind that water and electricity don’t mix. When water from the leaks makes its way into the live wires, it creates risks of electrocution.
Don’t Let Roof Damage Reduce Your Home’s Comfort and Safety
As you can see, roof damage can cause more serious problems that go beyond aesthetic concerns. A faulty roof can compromise the comfort, safety, and overall livability of your home.
Remember: your home is one of the biggest and most expensive investments you have, so you want to keep it in the best possible condition. A malfunctioning roof can make it difficult for you, so have those damages repaired right away.
As soon as you notice any of these signs pointing to a damaged roof, feel free to contact us. We will help restore your roof to its once glorious condition.