It’s easy to miss problems on your roof since it’s out of sight and difficult to access. By watching out for certain signs, though, its possible to catch emerging issues early on, when they’re less costly to repair. The safest way to do this is by walking your home’s perimeter and visiting your attic, and then calling a shingle roof repair professional if you find any of the following signs:
If some areas of your shingles look darker than the rest, you’re likely seeing the substrate that’s usually covered by protective granules. With time and exposure to the elements, the granules can come loose and get washed off when it rains. Exposed substrate is more vulnerable to UV damage, so any shingles with bare patches should be replaced before they fail and your roof starts to leak.
Flashing serves the critically-important purpose of redirecting water away from transitional areas of your roof, such as the valleys and around the eaves, as well as dormers, skylights, plumbing stacks, ridge vents and the chimney. If you spy even one or two spots with damaged or missing flashing, they should be promptly fixed so rainwater doesn’t get underneath the shingles and start to rot the underlayment or make its way into your attic.
Water in the Attic
Whether or not you discover any roof issues outdoors from ground level, you should also check up in the attic a couple of times a year. Pick an early morning while it’s still cool, then head up to the attic with a flashlight. Shine the beam over the underside of the roof sheathing to look for obvious leaks or fresh or dried water stains. Then, turn off the light and examine the ceiling for any visible pinpoints of light. Finally, check the attic floor insulation for dampness, mold or mildew.
Moss is a destructive plant that prefers damp and shaded locations, like the north-facing sides of your roof. As moss gets established, its roots pull in moisture that can lift and curl your shingles and decay the roof decking. If you see patches of moss growth up on your roof, contact a skilled roofer for advice about having it safely removed and to check for damages that need repair.
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