Don’t wait to feel a drop of water on your head before you realise there’s a problem with your roof. There are lots of ways to discover if your roof has a problem and the sooner you spot something’s wrong, then the less serious the problem you’ll have to deal with.
Whereas some roof problems are very noticeable, others can easily get overlooked meaning they will only worsen and cause further, more serious issues. Spotting a problem early on could mean the difference between needing a simple roof repair to needing a completely new and costly roof installed.
Let’s find out what you should be keeping an eye out for…
1. Water Patches
If you notice any odd patches of wet, damp or discolouration on your ceilings, interior or exterior walls, then you could be looking at the first sign of a slow leak. However, it’s important to remember that the source of the leak won’t necessarily match up to where the patch shows. This is because rather than travelling straight down, water from a roof leak will often travel along panels before exiting.
So, before you start any of your own investigations, call in a roofing specialist to get to the bottom of the problem.
2. Missing Granules
Granules are important to your roofing at they protect the shingles from exposure to damaging UV rays. Without granules, shingles will easily become brittle and will be more susceptible to breakage.
A build-up of granules in your guttering could imply that your roof shingles are deteriorating. As roof shingles age, it’s normal for their granules to wash off from time to time but if you see a great increase in the amount breaking off then you are likely to need your shingles replaced.
Take a closer look at your roof to check if your shingles appear exposed and if so, call in a roofing specialist to have them replaced.
3. Cracked Shingles
If you failed to notice a significant amount of granules washing off your roof then cracked shingles are your next sign that your roofing is reaching the end of its life. When shingles become cracked, it is usually because they have lost all of their granules, leaving them exposed to the hurtful effects of sunlight.
If your roof shingles are cracked then you will need them replaced. However, if you find cracks early on in the lifespan of your roof then consult the company who installed your roofing as a there could be a different problem at bay.
4. Curling Shingles
Roof shingles that have started to curl or change in shape at their ends could suggest that your attic has insufficient ventilation. Too much heat in the attic can heat up roofing shingles from their underside, eventually causing gaps and allowing blown-rain to enter. In this case, you’ll need your ventilation corrected and the damaged shingles replaced.
5. Missing Shingles
Missing shingles are the most obvious sign that there is a problem with your roof. This scenario could indicate any one of the following: your roof shingles need replacing; there is damage to the sealant strip beneath the shingles; a critter is visiting your roof.
You’d probably be surprised at how much damage a critter can cause. Cats or foxes that visit your roof can put pressure on the roof tiles and incur breakage.
The sealant beneath your roof shingles can deteriorate if it is exposed to weather. Hence, it is fundamental to get any broken or missing shingles replaced as soon as possible. If their overlapping pattern is disturbed then they lose their waterproofing proficiency.
This article was written by Daniel Jones, a roofing specialist with us. He has worked with the repair and replacement of roof shingles for over 10 years and during this time has dealt with a number of issues that could have easily been prevented, if the signs had been noticed earlier. Mac Home Improvements specialise in roofing shingles, fascias, soffits and guttering.