When it comes to your roof, wear and tear from the elements is inevitable. Regular roof maintenance and care is essential in preventing structural damage to your home. While some signs may be obvious it is important to look for those that may not be as noticeable.
Here are 5 critical signs that you need a new roof:
- Curling Shingles
Curling shingles are an obvious indicator that your roof needs to be replaced. When shingles begin to curl they are no longer able to keep water from seeping into the structure of your home and could potentially cause extensive damage. The curling can be a result of many factors including improper installation, poor quality materials, or just natural wear and tear. Once shingles have begun to curl, replacement is the only option. Contact a professional to inspect your roof and indicate the cause of the problem.
- Rotting or Decaying Shingles
Rotting or decaying shingles are a fairly obvious indicator that replacement is necessary and immediate attention is required. While it is most common in wooden shingles, excessive moisture absorption can affect a wide variety of shingles and may lead to rotting. Decaying shingles can be easily spotted by the splitting, cracking, chipping, curling, or blistering patterns on the roof. The presence of any one of these indicators means that your roof is in need or a replacement.
- Damaged Flashing
Flashing on your roof is what seals areas of the roof, not covered by shingles, from water and weather damage. Typically made out of metal, these areas help to seal and protect vulnerable areas like those around chimney stacks. Ensuring that there are no cracks or breaks in the flashing can help prevent leaks.
- Shingle Granules in Gutter
When your shingles are nearing the end of their cycle they tend to lose more and more granules. Granules help protect your roof from ultraviolet rays and improve its capability to shed water. One way to spot a loss of granules is by checking your gutter. If your gutters are full of these granules then your roof is in need of a replacement. Looking for dark patches or an inconsistency in colour on your shingles is another way to spot deteriorating shingles and loss of granules.
- Missing Shingles
Your roof should be a smooth and even surface that easily allows water to drain off. A loss in tar seal will cause shingles to loosen and fall off. If shingles are missing this may cause water to pool in those areas, making your roof susceptible to leaks. Replacing missing tab shingles may fix the problem temporarily but will lead to other damages later on. Consult a professional to have the situation assessed and treated properly.
In order to prevent any major structural damage to your home it is important to inspect your shingles at least once a year. Looking for any one of these 5 signs can help you maintain a properly functioning roof and prevent damage to your home. Contact LP Platinum Roofing today if you wish to have your roof inspected.