Just as the foundation is a vital part of a home, equally important is the roof, which protects the home and you from rain, sleet, snow, hail, the scorching sun, and damaging wind. A good solid roof, regardless of the material it is made of, will add years to the life of your home, and it will be easier to sell should you decide to sell it. There are telltale signs of failing roofs which you need to be aware of, such as dark spots or circles on the ceiling, peeling paint on interior walls, granular loss and build-up, and shingle issues.
Dark Spots or Circles on Ceiling
If you are noticing small dark spots on your ceiling that seem to increase with heavy rain, you may have a leaky roof. You can determine if it is a leaky roof by going into the attic and surveying the area above the ceiling where the spots are. Is sunlight coming through a hole above you? Is the insulation in the area discolored or matted? Under the insulation, are there signs of water stains? Heavy or prolonged water damage will cause the ceiling sheetrock to bow and possible breakthrough.
Another telltale sign of a failing roof is interior or exterior paint peeling. If you are noticing peeling paint on the upper areas of the wall near the ceiling, there may be an accumulation of water in that area. There are several reasons why paint may peel in your home, but if it is peeling in an area where you are noticing other damage, such as ceiling spots, moisture from heavy rain or melting snow may be the cause.
Granule Loss and Build-Up
Roofing manufacturers use small granules on shingles to protect them from damaging weather. In time, the damage from excessive rain, sunlight, hail, and snow will cause the granules to loosen and clog up gutters or deposit at the downspout. When your shingles have lost a large percent of its granules, due to excessive damage from the elements or simply age, you may need to replace your roof with new shingles since they will no longer be effective.
If you have shingles on your roof and you begin to notice that some are missing, cracked, or curling you may have shingle issues on your roof. If it is just a few missing shingles or minimal shingles that are cracked or curling, you may opt to repair the areas of the roof that are affected. For extensive repairs; however, you may need to replace the roof entirely.
Your roof covers or protects your house and you should think of your roof as one of the most important features of your home. A failing roof does not surface overnight. As a homeowner, you should pay special attention to the early warning signs to prevent having to deal with a failing roof down the road. For more information, contact a company like Advantage Roofing.Share