The roof over your home requires regular maintenance and upkeep. Neglecting it can cause unwanted stress and incur major costs, ultimately decreasing your home’s value.
A simple repair will go a long way in avoiding major renovations to your home. The key is to know what to look for.
There are some telltale signs that something isn’t right and needs to be fixed. Once you spot them, try to figure out whether you need to repair or replace the roof.
Telltale Signs It’s Time for Roof Repair
When it comes time to do an inspection of your roof, there are a few important considerations to keep in mind.
These include the age of your roof, the last time it was inspected or repaired, and recent weather impacts. Have you noticed any new leaks, creaks, cracks, or stains?
What if you’re not sure what to look for?
Here are the six warning signs that it’s time for roof repair or replacement…
1. Damaged Shingles
The state of the shingles is a dead giveaway that your roof has issues.
Upon inspection, make sure to look out for shingles that are either curling at the edges or appear to be loose and damaged.
These damaged shingles are just waiting for a little bit of wind or rain, and they’ll long be gone.
2. Damaged Granulation and Bald Spots
Aside from misshapen or loose shingles, another sign that it’s time for roof repair is when your shingles lose their granulation.
Shingles are usually reinforced with a protective granule barrier. Once this barrier is worn down, they will start to show ”bald spots”.
Ultimately, these bald spots can speed up shingle aging and lead to water leakage through your roof.
Water damage and a poorly designed drainage system can deteriorate shingle granulation.
If you notice shingle bald spots, make sure to check the state of your roof drainage.
3. Ice and Water in Your Attic
If you’re in need of roof repair, one of the first affected areas of your home is the attic (if you have one).
When carrying out an inspection, the attic should be your first port-of-call.
Ice build-up or water staining on the ceiling or the walls is a sign you have a problem with leakage. This can either be caused by damaged shingles, poor placement of shingles, or damaged flashing.
If you notice these signs of damage in your attic, you will need to inspect the roof area directly above it. Check the surrounding areas too.
4. Buckled and Distorted Shingles
Typically, buckled shingles will appear in a group that usually runs vertically up the slope of your roof.
These buckled shingles will need to be repaired collectively and can cost a pretty penny.
However, you’ll pay a lot more if your roof is torn away by strong winds or rains because buckled shingles were not adequately repaired.
As they appear in a collective group, these buckled shingles are vulnerable to bad weather, so they require special care.
5. Flashing Damage
Roof flashings are the areas located around your chimney, skylights, rakes, and stacks.
These areas are highly vulnerable. Over time, they can become worn down and dried out.
Exposure to the elements as well as to the expansion and contraction of your roof can cause is often the culprit. For this reason, a bi-annual inspection of your flashings is essential.
When your flashings begin to separate and lift, water can make its way into your ceiling and throughout your home.
Water damage can also cause a mold infestation throughout your ceiling, which could move down into the building.
If you notice damage to your flashings, repair them as soon as possible.
6. Cracked and Blistering Paint or Plaster
In order to assess the quality of your roof and its protection against rain damage and ventilation, take a quick walk around your home.
Look out for cracks or the blistering of paint or plaster on the exterior of your walls. This is a sure-fire sign that you may have a leakage or ventilation issue.
Cracked or blistering paint generally points to the moisture trapped in spaces in your roof, which is leaking down into your wall plaster.
Mold or mildew growth on the inside or exterior of your walls is also a sign of trapped moisture and poor ventilation.
If you notice these issues, do an inspection of the home’s rainwater drainage system, flashings, and shingles.
The Top Causes of Roof Damage
While the general wear and tear of time is simply unavoidable, roof damage can have other causes too.
1. Trees, Branches, and Debris
When it comes to the maintenance of your home and surrounding property, it’s important to trim back overhanging trees and branches.
Overhanging tree branches litter debris over your roof, which can cause gutters to clog. This will result in poor drainage.
Additionally, overhanging branches can also lift and damage the shingles, or snap off and damage your roof in severe weather.
2. Severe Weather
This may sound like a total no-brainer, but many people fail to inspect the roof after it has withstood a severe storm.
Weather and exposure to the elements are the leading causes of roof damage. Wind, rain, snow, hail, ice, and harsh sunshine – they’re all contributing to wear and tear.
Do a basic inspection once a storm has passed. Check for loose shingles, tiles, exposed flashing, or gutter damage.
3. Local Fauna and Birdlife
Depending on the region you live in, the local fauna can wreak havoc on the quality of your roof.
Animals, such as raccoons, rats, bats, squirrels, nesting birds, and cats, can cause damage to your shingles, flashing, and gutters.
When doing an inspection, make a note of animals or birdlife that regularly visit your rooftop.
Be sure to contact a roofing specialist for advice on how to keep animals at bay.
4. Damaged Guttering
A poor water drainage system is another killer for the quality of the roof over your head.
Gutters that fail to direct water away from your flashing and walls can cause a real leakage and mold nightmare.
Stagnant water in blocked or damaged gutters can also become a breeding ground for pests, such as mosquitos and other bugs.
Make sure to inspect your gutters regularly in order to avoid rotting roof parts.
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