The next time you walk outside, take a moment to gaze up at your roof. What do you see? Do you see even shingles that are all laying flat? Or do you see shingles that are starting to curl and that are covered in moss? You can tell a lot about the condition of your roof just by looking at it. If you are at all concerned about the state of your roof, then your first call should be to a roofing contractor. They can evaluate the situation and recommend repairs or replacement as needed. Learn more about roofing and roofing contractors here on this website.
Your home's roof regularly protects your home from water leaks or wind damage, but as it ages it can become susceptible to problems that will lead to interior damage. For this reason it is smart to keep an eye on your roof by looking for some common signs that it is in trouble. Here are some indications that your roof needs some repairs or professional work.
Water Leaks on Your Walls or Ceilings
A sign in your home that you already have roof damage that has resulted in interior moisture leaks is staining on your walls or ceiling. When a water stain has come through the drywall and paint, you know it is likely a bigger water problem on the opposite side of the wall or ceiling. This situation will require you to repair the water leak and also inspect for mold and replace the affected materials, which can include interior insulation, wood joists, and the roofing deck materials.
Inspect your roof from the rooftop or the attic space below to find out where the leak has originated. If you are not able to safely get on your roof to inspect, a roofing professional can inspect to determine the type and extent of the damage. They will be able to recommend a plan to repair the roof leaks and to replace the damaged materials.
For example, if you have a couple missing shingles, they will need to remove the roofing felt or water barrier and check the roofing deck for moisture damage. Then, they can replace the layers and install new shingles on the site. But if your roof is aging all over its surface, they will likely recommend to replace the full coverage of shingles. It is best to replace the entire roof because if one area is aging, the rest of the shingles are not far behind and you can start with a new full layer.
Visible Shingle Damage
Shingle damage on your roof can come in many forms, depending on what caused it and the condition and age of your shingles. For example, if your roof has sustained damage from a hail storm, you won't be able to see it from your yard. An up-close inspection on your roof will show small indentations on your shingles where each single hail stone hit the shingle, causing the shingle granules to come loose. These granules provide the protection and barrier against water and UV rays to your shingle's material, and with the under-layers exposed, your shingle will begin to prematurely wear out.
Not all roof damage comes from wind, rain, hail, or ice. You may notice shingle damage during an up-close inspection on your roof in the form of open screw or nail holes through your shingles, which were caused by a previously-installed satellite dish that was removed. Holes through your shingles will quickly let water into the attic space and your home and should be filled. It is recommended to cover the holes with professionally-applied flashing or with new shingles on the affected area. Talk to a roofing professional, such as Acoma Roofing, Inc. for recommendations.