Your roof may be calling for your help. A car has a check engine light and a broken phone gives you obvious signals its need repair. A roof is different. Here we will give you extra needed information on 13 different types of roof damage.
Some signs of roof damage are obvious, however, some are harder to spot. Signs of roof damage are noticeable during a visual inspection. Below, we have listed some warning signs your roof may need repair or replacement. It is important to act on these signs as letting them be, may allow for further damage.
If your home has an asphalt shingle roof that’s more than 20 years old, it may need to be replaced even if it is not showing outward signs of failure.
13 Different Warning Signs of Roof Damage:
Weather it is from wind damage or improper installation, missing shingles is a problem you are going to want to address.
Caused by poor ventilation, shingles may curl because the moisture and heat from your house travels upward.
The most common reason roofs sag is because of old age. A sagging roof has reached the end of its lifespan and is the number one warning sign that you need to replace your roof.
Just like missing shingles, loose shingles can come from wind damage or improper installation. This is a problem you should address as soon as possible.
Higher Than Average Heating/Cooling Bills
This is a sign that could indicate your roof is not doing its job correctly and your heating/cooling systems are working overtime to catch up.
Stains on Your Top Floor Ceilings
Stains on the top floor ceiling is an indicator of leaks. If you notice this warning sign, act as soon as possible.
Shingle Granules in
Shingles have asphalt granules in order to protect the shingle from UV rays and act as a fire retardant. It is important not to let this build up get out of hand.
Damaged Roof Vents
A dented roof vent can be caused by hail. Roof vents that cannot operate properly may cause excessive heat and mold in the home and cause more expensive repairs in the future.
Cracked Roof Vents
A cracked vent is a sure sign of damage possibly caused by hail. A cracked vent could also cause ice dams on a roof. You should address this problem before more arise.
Dented flashing is also caused by hail damage and other things.
Splitting or tearing can be caused by natural elements. The thermal expansion of a shingle followed by thermal contraction can also cause this problem. Nonetheless, this can lead to leaking and other roof issues.
The most common reason that this is caused is because of installation. Exposed nails can corrode over time and allow water infiltration.
Algae, lichens, and moss can cause roof staining. Left untreated, the algae can further deteriorate your roof.
Checking on your roof regularly can save you time and money in the long run. Having just one of these warning signs on your roof could qualify you for a replacement or repair. If you evaluate your roof and notice multiple signs like these, it is important that you call a contractor for an inspection.