5 Signs It’s Time To Undertake Roof Repair
When is the last time you went up your roof? I guess it has been long, right? Just like any other part of the house, the roof is an important part of the house and you should give it the necessary attention.
This calls for you to get up on the root at least once or twice a year and inspect it for any defects it might be having.
Before you start looking for defects, you need to ask yourself one important question: how old is the roof? Most asphalt shingle roofs can last between 20-25 years; therefore, if your roof is older than this you might not get away with simply making a roof repair.
You may have to replace the roof. If your roof is older than this, you should go ahead and look out for any warning signs and hire a roofing expert to fix it. Some of the warning signs you should look out for are:
Curled or cracked shingles
You should note that curled or cracked roof shingles mean that your roof is at the end of its lifespan. If most of the shingles are cracked or curled, you are better off replacing the roof instead of trying to repair them.
The shingles tend to curl up when they are exposed to harsh weather over a long time. The harsh weather elements become rigid and can snap off and fly away leaving the roof looking ugly.
If only a few of the shingles have curled up, you should remove them and replace them, but if most of them have, you are better off replacing the entire roof.
Dark and damp roof
The roof is designed to keep water flowing down and away from your home. If the roof is doing its work properly, it should maintain its original color. If you notice the shingles looking dark and discolored, it means that water is getting trapped under or around them.
You don’t need to replace the roof when you are having this problem. All you need to do is ask the roof professional to get on the roof and find the source of the problem.
In most cases, the problem is higher up the roof causing the water to run down and pool at a given area. After finding the problematic place, fix the issue.
We should have started with this as it’s the most obvious sign that you are having a problem. If you notice water dripping from the roof, a wet spot on the ceiling, or puddle forming on the floor, you have a problem that you should fix.
A leak on the roof can come about due to many reasons such as rain damage, old age, and ice buildup. Extreme weather conditions also tend to move the shingles from their original position thus making your roof leak.
It’s common for the gutters to have some leaves from the nearby trees, but it’s odd for them to have coarse black sand. The sand is usually granules from worn out shingles. The granules result when the composite and asphalt shingles start aging.
An older roof will shed the granules but if a newer roof is doing it, it’s usually due to physical damage on the roof. The granules are meant to protect the shingles. When the granules are lost, the shingles begin hardening from the effects of the weather elements.
The loss not only give the shingles an ugly look, it also speeds up the aging process and can create entry points for water.
Water and light in the attic
The attic should be dry all the time; therefore, when you notice any water, you have a roof problem. In most cases, all you need to do is to replace the flashing. If the leak goes on, the issue could be bigger than that.
The attic should also be dark. If you notice beams of light that weren’t there before, check the shingles as they might have been lost or damaged.
While in the attic, roofing companies also recommend that you pay attention to the decking or rafter. If they are sagging downward instead of remaining straight, they could be the reason for the leak.