- By: Eric Thomas
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A critical part of homeownership is maintenance—especially when it comes to the roof. Failing to address roof damage can lead to far more serious (and expensive) issues. If you notice any of the following signs of roof damage, contact your roofing professional to schedule a site visit.
1. Shingles that are curled, cracked, or missing.
Homeowners should consider replacing their roof if there are signs that the shingles are nearing the end of their lifespan and the roof needs to be replaced.
2. Staining on interior ceilings or walls.
Water stains or discolored patches on walls and ceilings are caused by a variety of different factors/issues. But they may be an indication that the roof’s underlayment is allowing moisture into the home. Replacing the roof will solve this problem and prevent further damage.
3. Dark, dirty, or wet shingles.
These signs suggest that shingles are failing to do their job by allowing moisture to become trapped. Keep in mind that the wet shingles may not be the defective ones—due to the pitched roof, water runs downward. Check shingles above the wet patch.
4. Wear and tear around roof objects and openings.
Often, deterioration first begins around chimneys, vents, pipes, and other objects that penetrate the roof. In many cases, the fixes can be confined to these specific areas.
5. Leaks in the attic after a rainstorm.
If rain is getting into the attic, the solution may be as simple as replacing some flashing. If the issue is a porous underlayment, however, replacing the roof may be necessary.
6. Accumulation of shingle granules in gutters.
Composite or asphalt shingles shed their granules when they start to wear out. These granules often find their way into roof gutters. A telltale sign is build-up that looks like coarse, black sand.
7. Higher energy bills.
A sudden jump in heating or cooling costs may mean that air is escaping through the roof. Addressing this issue in the attic helps to address this problem, more often than not.
8. The presence of outside light in the attic.
During the day, check to see if there are streams of light coming in through the roof. This indicates where shingles need to be replaced to prevent water damage during inclement weather and the winter months.
9. Blistering or peeling exterior paint.
These warning signs may be an indication of poor ventilation and consequently, the build-up of moisture. Blistering or peeling paint may also be signs of a failing gutter system.
10. Storm damage from fallen limbs.
Winter storms and other severe weather throughout the year (relative to climate and geography) can result in roof damage from fallen limbs. It may be worth having the roof inspected for damage following a severe storm.
11. A roof deck that is sagging.
Sagging decking or rafters in the attic may be due to leaking from roof damage. If it’s localized, a complete roof replacement can usually be avoided.