Some residential roofing problems are apparent even from the street, especially if your area has been hit by strong storms recently. High winds, thick rain, and hail and storm debris strip away shingles and flashing and might even cause a roof to sag and collapse. However, not all damage to a roofing system is quite that obvious! For more information about keeping your roof in good working order and for all your home’s roofing needs, call the home repair and renovation experts at Authentic Restoration, (252) 904-3995.
Important Elements to Check for Issues
Let’s take a closer look at some of the potential problematic areas of your home worth investigating.
Check Your Windows
When windows suffer damage, a home’s roof is also typically damaged! Cracks and shattered windows are not the only signs of potential roof damage. You should check your home’s exterior glass for scratches and etching and note if window frames have pits, cracks, holes, and other such marks. If your home’s windows are scratched and damaged, it’s time for a roof inspection and needed repairs.
Loose and Missing Granules
Note if you see granules in your home’s gutters or collections under those gutters and near the house. Old and brittle shingles lose their granules due to exposure to sun and harsh weather. Fallen tree branches and other debris can scrape granules right off the face of shingles! The granular coating of shingles helps water, snow, and ice slide away from the roof, protecting its surface from water damage and excess weight. If you notice any such granules around your home’s exterior, check the roofing shingles for needed replacement.
Water Damage and Standing Water
Thin sheets of metal called flashing are placed in the eaves and valleys of a roof or where roof materials connect to other structural elements, such as along a home’s chimney stack or dormers. Flashing encourages water runoff in these areas, reducing the risk of standing water, wood rot, and other damage.
If you see standing water or signs of obvious water damage along the valleys and other areas of your home’s roof, call for immediate repairs or replacement of its flashing. Water-damaged shingles and tiles also need replacing, and the roof’s framework, joists, and other wood pieces need an inspection for potential water damage, mold, and rot.
Inside the Home
Never assume that leaks through the home’s ceiling are to be expected over time or due to harsh weather. Water leaks typically indicate that your home’s roof has suffered cracks, holes, and other damage.
These water leaks also lead to damage to the home’s framework, ceiling tiles, drywall, and insulation, and increase the risk of mold growth in the home. Rather than simply patching interior leaks, have the roof system itself inspected for needed repairs.
It’s also vital to check the home’s attic or crawlspace regularly, to note if there are leaks along its ceiling or walls. You might also note if there is a musty smell in the attic or crawlspace or if you can smell mold or mildew! While musty smells might indicate trapped humidity coming from the home’s lower levels, it can also indicate needed repairs to the home’s roof.
Dark Areas Along the Roof
Inspect your roof every year or even more often for dark areas along its surface. Large dark spots might indicate water damage to shingles and tiles or structural damage to the roof itself. It’s also good to note if the roof seems to sag or buckle in certain areas. Never walk on an uneven roof or along dark areas as damaged rafters and joists might collapse under you, but have a contractor note needed repairs.
A strong roof is vital for keeping your home insulated and secure. For all your home’s roofing repairs and replacement needs, call the home repair and renovation experts at Authentic Restoration, (252) 904-3995.