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A Comprehensive Guide to Roofing and Repairs
It is no secret that owning a home requires homeowners to maintain it actively if they want to keep it in excellent condition for many years. From the basement to the roof, there are structural components and mechanical pieces that need to be monitored and checked periodically for damage. Two of the most important systems to care for are the roof and the eavestrough system.
When the roof or eavestrough system fails, the damage caused can be catastrophic. To prevent a slew of structural and cosmetic damages to the interior and exterior of a house, homeowners must arm themselves with knowledge about these important systems.
How to Tell if the Roof Needs to be Repaired
Occasionally, the signs that a roof needs attention are subtle but still have the potential to wreak havoc. Homeowners can avoid unwelcome surprises by familiarizing themselves with the signs that a roof needs repair. These signs include:
Shingles are Curled or Cracked
A sure sign that a roof is damaged is if it has shingles that are curled or cracked. Shingles will crack when continually exposed to extreme changes in temperature. The shingles will curl if there is inadequate ventilation of heat and moisture in the attic, resulting in moisture getting trapped under the shingles for an extended period.
Shingles are Discolored or Look Wet
While shingles come in a wide range of colors, they should always be a uniform color. Shingles made of asphalt are prone to streaking and dark spots that make it look like the shingles are saturated. This streaking is common in humid environments and results from mold, mildew, and dirt present on the roof due to excess moisture exposure.
Bits of Shingles in the Gutters
Homeowners who take a peek into their gutters and notice black debris in them should have their roof checked immediately. This black debris could be bits of sediment detaching from the shingles. While it is not uncommon for shingles to lose their granules over time, it is more common towards the end of their life and could mean roof damage is not far off.
Blisters or Peels in the Exterior Paint
When moisture is not ventilated from the attic properly, it gets trapped near the roof line. In addition to causing peeling shingles, it can cause exterior paint to blister and peel. If homeowners notice their exterior paint is looking a little worse for wear, it could be a sign their roof needs to be repaired.
Damage Around the Edges
A roof typically shows damage around the edges and seams, where moisture, wind, and debris can penetrate more easily than other parts of the roof. If homeowners notice lifted, fraying, or broken shingles near the edge of the roof and around the chimney or other roof structures, it is time to have it inspected by a professional.
Water Stains on the Interior Ceiling or Walls
A very telling sign of roof damage is the presence of water stains on the ceiling or walls of the house’s top floor. While these stains can be caused by many things, it may also mean the roofing under-layment is allowing water through. If the damage is minor, then the roof may need to be repaired, but if the underlayment is severely compromised then the homeowner should consider a new roof.
Sagging Roof Deck
Checking for roof damage on the outside of the home is common sense, but the interior may also show signs of problems with the roof. If homeowners notice that the rafters and roof deck in the attic are warped and sagging, it is time to have the roof inspected by a professional.