Your roof holds many purposes Protecting you from harsh weather, keeping out animals, debris, and much more. Most people don’t even think about their roofs condition until it is too late. The damage to your house foundation could cost way more than a roof if it isn’t properly maintained.
The protective layers of your roof tend to slough off with time, due to atmospheric changes and exposure to water and snow. These cause the asphalt tile layers to weaken and break down. Please do not stand still and wait until the water is continually pouring through the ceiling, and you are filling in buckets below it.
The following are some red flags or warning signs that your roof is giving away and needs a replacement right away. Also, while looking for the below-mentioned changes, make sure there is enough daylight for the necessary inspection. Deformed, distorted, and curled areas or ‘bald spots’ are warning signs that demand immediate attention.
1. Shingles Are Curling Or Rotting
The condition of the shingles that overlay your roof can tell a lot about its viability. Take a closer look at your sloping roof in bright daylight and observe the edges and corners of the shingles. If you notice even slight curling up and folding of the shingles, it could mean that they are past their life span. In such cases, the whole roof looks old and worn off. The chipped and untidy appearance is not only unpleasant but also dangerous at times. Maybe it is due time that you call your roofer to check for a replacement.
There are a few things that can accelerate this process of the spoiling of shingles. For example, excess moisture leads to the growth of mold and moss over them. The moss and mold further cause the shingles to rot. This may result in the widening of the gaps between them and the deepening of the crevices. The darkening of some regions of the roof might be because of such gradual changes.
2. Missing Shingles And Shingle Granules
Roof shingles depend and rely on a matrix system to be fully functional. They are kept in place by sealants that work like glue and hold them together. So if you notice fragments of shingles and large amounts of granular debris on the floor, in the gutter or valleys, your roof might be crying for help.
During your annual roof checks, look out for any loose roof tiles and abnormally shaped shingles. Try tapping and stepping on a couple of those to assess their condition if you are in doubt. Worse, if you found spots with missing or broken tiles, then your roof might need a replacement. It is best to check its state and act immediately, to prevent any dangerous or undesirable consequences.
Have you noticed any collection of shingle granules in the gutters lately? Roofs shed granules and lose pieces of shingles when they near their end.
The worst hit parts of your roof are the valleys. Being the most dependent part, they are the most susceptible to water damage. Snow and rainwater flow through these valleys into the gutter. So, if the valley is compromised in any way, your roof may leak.
3. Sagging Of The Roof
Remember how water makes a piece of cardboard weak and soggy? In the same manner, it can also weaken the structure of your roof over time. It is important to carefully inspect such areas that you think might be sagging. If on touching, it feels damp and soft and bends easily, get help immediately.
The top of your roof should be in a straight line, especially along the ridges. If you notice any sagging in between, it might be a warning sign that needs to be taken care of immediately. The structural damage might cause your roof to collapse altogether!
A multitude of factors can result in roof sagging. Frequent exposure to water and snow is the main reason behind its sagging. While faulty roofing and the use of inferior quality construction materials may also be held responsible, improper installation is another thing to check for if your roof is sagging.
4. Your Roof Is Leaking
Water damage in the form of sagging and rotting can take a different turn. Your roof might start to give way to water, and this leads to water seepage and leakage. Did you experience any leaks recently? Is there any suspicious collection of water inside your premises? Or do you hear some dripping sound within the walls? Inspect the roof and look for signs of water damage.
Look for dark streaks on walls, damp stains on the ceiling, and rule out any bubbling or blistering of flat surfaces. Apart from water damage, leakage is also possible due to missing tiles or broken seals on the underside of chimney flashes. Again, a poorly installed roof is bound to leak someday or the other. However, if you suspect leaks due to penetration of water through the roof, reach out to replace your roof and make arrangements to slow down water damage. Most people complain of attic leaks, which, on the other hand, may also go unnoticed at times.
5. Your Roof Is Very Old
Roofs are exposed to several extremes of weather all year round. Unfortunately, roofs cannot be expected to last forever. How old do you think your existing asphalt shingle roof is? According to most experts, typical roofs are made to last somewhere between twenty to twenty-five years. This figure shows variation – material used, installation, recurrent repairing, etc., affect its life span.
It also depends upon the number of layers of shingles – whether your roof was replaced, or another layer was superadded. For example, if the current roof was installed over another layer or even several older layers, maybe it’s time to replace the whole roof altogether. Proper ventilation is also necessary to maximize its life. Most experts agree on the fact that if your roof has got two layers of shingles and is at least 20 years old, you must get it replaced.
Why is roof maintenance important?
Clearly, maintenance of the roof is essential; otherwise, you may have to get it replaced sooner than expected. This would cost you heavily and may also weaken your existing roof arrangement if not done correctly.
- You should take measures to maintain your roof so as to extend its life.
- Clean the gutter every three to six months, especially after a storm.
- Trim the trees around and replace or repair shingles and fasteners if necessary.
- Re-caulk if you feel the caulking used for the flashing is of low quality.
- Check if your attic is adequately insulated and ventilated so that it stays in good condition.
Inspection and servicing of the roofs can be overlooked at times. But the integrity of your roof is crucial so that you stay safe and protected. You don’t necessarily need to be a maniac and start picking any leaves that fall on the roof. Instead, be more alert and careful.
Leaves and debris nestling on your roof can form a coating on it, which can weaken your roofs in the long run. Consider brushing them off every once in a while, say every two to three months. If you find any faults, arrange for repairs and other services. If the damage is too severe to be repaired, replacement is the only best option to go for. Thereafter, you must contact a licensed roofing contractor for further arrangements and reimbursement.