Your roof takes a serious beating almost every single day from snow, wind, rain, hail, heat, thunder, and so much more. Unfortunately, this means it will need repairs, no matter how well you care for, clean, and maintain it. If you catch issues quickly, you can reduce the need for serious repairs and extend the lifespan of your roof. Let’s take a look at some of the most common roof issues you shouldn’t ignore.
Damaged or Missing Shingles
Whether they’re asphalt, wood, slate, or tile, your shingles are your roof’s first line of defense against the elements. They take the brunt of damages and protect the structural integrity of your roof. If you notice loose, missing, cracked, warped, or curling shingles, you need to replace them as soon as possible. The longer you neglect the issue, the more likely it is that water will seep into your roof. Fortunately, replacing a few missing or broken shingles is easy and affordable. The sooner you get them replaced, the more you save!
Cracked or Damaged Flashing
Flashing is a flat, thin material—typically plastic or metal—that goes underneath your shingles to prevent water from entering the openings in your roof. It should go around the vent pipe, chimney, skylights, or any slopes or interior angles, known as valleys. Flashing redirects the flow of water off the roof, allowing it to go into the gutters. If you notice your roof’s flashing is rusty, cracked, chipped, or missing, you need to address it as soon as possible. If water isn’t already underneath the shingles, it will be soon.
Granules in Your Lawn or Gutters
Asphalt shingles have a layer of granules that consists of rock and ceramic, and they do much more than provide texture and color. These granules protect your shingles from the elements, mainly sun exposure, and increase their lifespan. It’s normal for these granules to come loose, and you may notice them in your gutters or around your home after a significant weather event.
An excess of granules in your gutters, lawn, or driveway is a cause for concern. Look out for any bald shingles on your roof. These are signs that your roof is getting old, so you need to replace the shingles.
Water damage is tricky because it can show up in a variety of ways. For example, one sign of water damage is excessive water pooling at the base of your shingles. Another sign is shingles that take a long time to dry. You may also notice water stains on the shingles or the sides of your home. The appearance of mold, algae, or moss on your roof is another sign of water damage. Most importantly, if your roof or ceiling starts to sag, your home likely sustained severe water damage, and you need to address it quickly.
Now that you’re aware of the most common roof issues, you can tackle them before they cause serious damage. Don’t let just anyone handle your roof work. Our team at Conde Roofing & Construction has the knowledge, skills, and expertise to masterfully handle roof leak repairs and replacement work, no matter how tough the job is.