Many homeowners don’t think about roof repair or maintenance until they notice a problem. However, repairing your roof before leaks or other damage occurs is a great way to save money on unnecessary repairs in the future. Here are four signs you can look out for so that you can take a proactive approach to repairing your roof.
1. Broken or Missing Shingles
Asphalt shingles are the most popular roofing material because they are affordable and easy to install. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for one or several shingles to dislodge from your roof due to wear and tear. High winds, extreme precipitation, and branches or other debris falling on your roof all have the potential to dislodge shingles.
Repairing your roof when you notice missing shingles is important, because even a single missing shingle can be enough to cause a leak. Missing shingles can allow water to penetrate through the outer layer of your roof and promote rot and mold growth in the plywood underlayment. This can eventually lead to leaks or even more shingles falling off as water pools in the missing shingle’s spot and degrades adjacent shingles.
2. Warning Signs in Your Attic
Roof damage is most likely to affect your home from the top down, so it’s a good idea to look for signs of problems in your attic. Sometimes, it’s even easier to locate damage from inside your attic than it is by looking at your roof from outside. The first check you should perform is turning the lights off in the attic and looking for sunlight leaking through the roof, as these are sure signs of gaps and potential leaks.
If your roof is damaged, you will often be able to see damage in the wood ceiling and rafters of your attic. Leaks can cause wood in your attic to turn dark, sag, splinter, and become covered with mold and mildew. Even if there are no visual signs of damage in your attic, a lingering musty smell could point to mold growth caused by a leak.
3. Granules in Gutters
Asphalt shingles are covered in granules of minerals or metals that help protect them from the elements in several ways. Granules protect shingles from fading, cracking, and peeling caused by sunlight UV rays, and they also make asphalt shingles more flame-retardant. Your shingles will naturally lose granules as they age, but excessive granule loss could indicate that your shingles are worn past the point of usefulness.
When your roof loses granules, they will usually flow down the slope of the roof and accumulate in your gutters. If you see large amounts of dark, sand-like deposits in your gutters or below your downspouts, it’s time to call a roofing contractor. Large-scale granule loss can indicate that a majority of your shingles have worn and a roof replacement may be necessary.
4. Roof Nearing End of Lifespan
No matter how well you maintain your roof, it will inevitably reach the end of its life. Different roofing materials have different lifespans, so you should be aware of what your roof is made of so you know when the time to replace it is approaching.
Standard asphalt shingles, architectural asphalt shingles, and wood shingles have the shortest expected lifespans, but they can still last up to 30 years with proper maintenance. High-end metal roofing can be expected to last 50 to 70 years, while a slate tile roof can last a lifetime.
Roof repair is one aspect of home maintenance that homeowners seldom have to worry about, but prompt repair is essential when the time comes. If you notice any of these signs that your roof is in need of repair, contact Roofers of Minnesota, Co. so our experienced contractors can help you!