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4 Ways Your Roof Tells You There Is a Problem

Your roof will always give you signs that there is a problem. Roof issues are time-sensitive and should be dealt with as soon as possible before they escalate into more serious problems.

1. Leaks

This is by far one of the most obvious and serious issues. It could either be on new or old roofing. Leaks could lead to moisture build up, and you might notice the paint peeling off in some walls, or there might be water spots on different places on your roof. If you notice water spots on the outside of your walls or your house’s siding, then the flashing where the roof and wall meet could be loose or damaged. Your roof could leak for several reasons. Sometimes heavy rains or storms damage your roof, and you will begin to notice leaking in several places. Leakages also occur as a result improper roofing installation by your roofers and also lack of maintenance. Roof repair should be done immediately any leakage is noticed. This is because aside from the wetness, you can also get serious health issues because of the moisture.

2. Shrinkage and Cupping in Your Shingles

When shingles are old, their ends curve outwards giving them a semicircular shape. You could either just replace them or make sure your attic is well-ventilated. If the damage is bad and is on all the shingles, replacing them is the best option. Roofing contractors will get the job done.

3. Granules in your Gutter or Eavestrough

Your gutters have granules over their top to protect them from different elements and weather conditions. When it rains, they wash off. However, sometimes there is a large number of granules coming down your gutter or eavestrough, and they do not seem to improve with time. This could be a sign that your roof shingles are getting old and need to be replaced soon. The granules wash-off leaves your roof exposed to UV rays. Put up a ladder against your roof and look up the gutter. You will notice that there is a lot of exposure and most of the granules are worn off. This usually occurs for older roofs, and your new roof should not have granules coming out of the gutter.

4. Chipped Shingles

Cracks or chips on the shingles of your roofing mean that the granules on them are wearing off. This reduces the protective layer leading to cracks. If this happens, the only resolution is to replace the shingles that are chipped. If one or more shingles are chipped, then it will not take long for the rest to follow suit because they were all probably fixed at the same time and are exposed to the same elements. The most common type of shingles that experience this is asphalt shingles. They wear off and crack in hot temperatures. You might notice this mostly during the summer months.

Learning your roof’s language will help you deal with problems before they get serious and expensive for you. Visit Cherry & Clark if you would like to learn more.

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