While the average roof should last for some time without major repairs or renovation, issues can undoubtedly arise. So, you should always be on the lookout for signs that you need roof repairs and inspect your shingles from time to time.
Ice and water can cause serious damage when they get into even minor cracks or holes, and can lead to a sagging roof. You’ll want to catch problems quickly to avoid bigger issues down the road. So, what are the five signs you need your roof repaired?
Asphalt shingles are certainly one of the most popular choices around the country, and because they are so ubiquitous, roofing contractors know what is likely to happen to them as time goes by. In addition, they know that thermal splitting is a potential problem, and you should also be aware of it.
When your shingles tear or crack, this is due to expansion and contraction. Clearly, the shingles are exposed to the sun’s heat and will enlarge during the middle of the day when the sun is at its highest. Conversely, the shingles will contract as the sun passes over the horizon.
When these shingles crack, you will notice characteristic lines across the surface. When they split, you may see a deep indentation that runs the entire shingle length, unlike cracks that are surface-deep.
As each shingle spits, it will separate the individual layers, which are just held together with a simple fastener. Cracking tends to happen over a longer period, while those thermal events tend to create much smaller tears instead.
Occasionally, your shingles may begin to curl when the edges start to turn upwards. The center of the shingle may take on a concave appearance, known as “cupping.” These damaged shingles could be caused by variations in temperature, making them brittle.
Eventually, the damage will build up to such an extent that the shingle may break free from the roof, especially on a windy day. You may begin to notice gaps that could be scattered around the roof or concentrated in one area.
While shingles may stay in place and not crack or split, they may start discoloring. They may accumulate some unsightly dark streaks, which are often linked to a certain type of algae or mold and mildew buildup.
If you live in an area where air quality is affected by industry, your shingles may also become dirty due to airborne contamination that may stick to the surface. This type of discoloration will not help your property’s curb appeal either.
Each of your shingles will be covered by special granules that protect them against ultraviolet rays and help with fire resistance. Over time, they may fall off and accumulate in your gutters. If you notice a few of these, it may not be anything to worry about, but if there are a lot, you should take notice.
Heavy rain can sometimes cause the protective coating to erode, as can a buildup of algae or moss. Remember, these granules are meant to protect the surface of each shingle, and in their absence, they may be more susceptible to curling, cracking, or breakage.
You’ll also need to look closely at your other roof furniture for signs of wear and tear. For example, you may have skylights, chimney stacks, or roof-mounted HVAC units. In each case, you must ensure that the shingles and other components that help to define and protect these items are still in good working order. If they are not, you may need to take action.
Have you noticed water stains on some of your interior walls or ceilings? This can be due to water infiltration and often due to shingles in poor condition. You want to take urgent action if you come across roof leaks, which can lead to bigger issues, hidden mold, mildew, and health-related concerns.
Be aware of the tell-tale signs of roof issues, indicating a pressing problem. While you may not find it easy to access your roof for a close-up inspection, you can nevertheless look from ground level and see if you have any missing shingles or if there is any evidence of curling, cupping, cracking, or splitting.
Pay close attention to the area around your skylights and chimney stacks and look for evidence of granules in those gutters. It’s a good idea to inspect the ground next to your downpipes after a heavy rain shower, as this will give you a good indication. You will need to call a reputable roofing company, like JET Contracting, immediately if you have staining or water infiltration inside.
Your roof system was carefully installed to protect your home from the elements, and if you have damaged shingles, you need to bring in a roofing contractor. When you have this type of roof problem, rainwater might begin to leak into your attic space and run down the inside of exterior walls.
If you notice water stains, you will need to repair or replace the offending shingles as soon as possible. It doesn’t matter whether you have asphalt or wood shingles; damage can still occur, mostly linked to age and weather conditions.
Don’t forget that these signs of roof damage can significantly affect the curb appeal of your home. So, you will want to take action if you intend to put your house on the market.
When it’s time for you to look for roofing companies, consider JET Contracting. We are an organization that has been delivering quality products and services for more than 20 years. If you’re in the Northeast Georgia area and are looking for a locally owned company with a sterling reputation, get in touch with JET Contracting today.