10 THINGS YOUR ROOF IS TRYING TO TELL YOU
Your roof may be trying to tell you something. A roof in need of attention (repair or replacement) will show multiple warning signs that should never be ignored. Many homeowners assume that if their roof isn’t leaking it’s in good shape, but this just isn’t the case. There are many different warning signs that roofs show before damage is noticed. Here’s a list of the 10 most common warning signs to look for that could save you a lot of money in the long run.
WATER SPOTS ON CEILING
Water stains on the ceiling after a rainstorm is usually an obvious sign that there’s a problem with your roof. Roof leaks are caused by a number of different things and can be tricky to pinpoint. A slow leak is usually harder to find than a big leak because it may have migrated from its original opening. If you do spot a leak, call a professional company to come out and do a roof inspection. After a thorough inspection a contractor should be able to tell you where the leak is coming from and what needs to be done to stop it.
WATER SPOTS ON EXTERIOR WALLS
Water spots on exterior walls can be an indication that the flashing is rusted, loose or possibly damaged. Replacing flashing can be a difficult job because it is caulked to both the roof and siding. This type of repair should always be done by a professional to ensure the leak is fixed and there won’t be any more issues.
GUTTERS FILLED WITH SHINGLE GRANULES
Shingle granule loss is very common on asphalt shingles overtime. However, if you notice a significant amount of granules in your gutter or coming out of your downspouts, it is time to have a professional take a look at your roof. Significant granule loss is most commonly caused by hail damage or old deteriorating shingles reaching the end of their life. Having a professional inspection will help determine if you have storm damage or just an old roof that needs to be replaced.
CRACKING & BLISTERING SHINGLES
As shingles get older and lose more and more granules, they are exposed to direct sunlight and become brittle. This causes the shingles to bake from the inside out and crack, making them nearly impossible to repair. If not addressed, these cracks will allow water to get under the shingles and cause major problems. If noticing cracking and blistering on shingles, call a professional right away. This could save you from major problems down the road.
Curling shingles are caused by inadequate ventilation, improper underlayment and/or lack of backing. A combination of the three can exacerbate the curling and eventually allow wind-driven rain to work its way under the shingles and cause major problems. Like cracked and blistering shingles, once curling has occurred, the shingles are usually too brittle to be repaired and will need to be replaced. If noticing curling shingles, call a professional and request a roof inspection.
Buckling is a result of asphalt shingles not lying flat due to the wrinkling of underlayment or the movement of wood decking. Buckling is caused when wood decking is exposed and absorbs moisture (usually during a roof install on a humid day). Overtime, moisture should escape from under the shingles and allow them to lay flat. If roof continues to buckle, the shingles and underlayment affected may need to be taken off and replaced. At this time you should get a professional opinion. This could save you from having major issues the future.
Missing shingles are easily noticed and most commonly caused by a damaged sealant strip and/or high-driven winds. If not replaced, water can get under the shingles and cause major problems that can get very expensive. If you notice missing shingles, call a professional right away.
WAVY OR SAGGING WOOD DECKING
Roof decking that is wavy or sagging is usually pretty obvious, even to the untrained eye. Wavy or sagging decking is a sure sign that your home has experienced long-term water damage and needs professional attention.
SOFT OR SPONGY WOOD DECKING
Soft decking may not be as obvious as wavy or sagging decking, but is usually caused by the same water issues. If walking on your roof and notice there are soft or spongy spots, it is time to call a professional. If unable to walk on your roof, check in the attic for water spots on the wood decking. Like wavy or sagging decking, soft decking is a sure sign that there is long-term water damage on your roof. If not addressed, the decking will rot and cause leaks that could lead to more costly problems.
As we get older, it is important to take care of ourselves and get regular checkups to help avoid serious problems. A roof is the same way. Everyday exposure to sun, rain, wind, snow, and other wear and tear slowly ages the roof membrane until eventually, its service life is up. If your roof is more than 10 years old, it’s smart to get an inspection every year or so and do repairs as they’re needed. Doing regular maintenance checks will extend the life of your roof and will prevent major problems from happening overtime.
Pay close attention to your roof and what it may be trying to tell you. If you have come across any of these 10 warning signs mentioned above, it’s time to get in touch with a professional. Taking care of these problems sooner rather than later could save you a lot of time and money in the future. At BOLT Construction & Roofing we know your home is a huge investment and is why we offer free home inspections. We also offer affordable maintenance plans to make sure your investment is protected for years to come. Call us at 314-646-7663 to set up your free home inspection today!