Your roof is the first line of defense in protecting your home from the elements. That’s why it’s important to be aware of any signs that may indicate your roof needs help. Although roof inspections can help you catch issues early, it’s not always easy to tell when you’re having roof trouble. Here are some signs to look out for.
Roof Shingles Curl and Claw
When shingles start to curl and claw, it is a sign that the asphalt has begun to deteriorate and the protective granules have started to come off. This means that the shingles are no longer effective in protecting your home from the elements. If left unchecked, the shingles will eventually break and the roof will start to leak. Additionally, curling and clawing can cause gaps in the roof which can lead to heat escaping in the winter and allowing in excessive heat in the summer.
A leaky roof is one of the most obvious signs that you need a new roof. If you notice water stains on your ceilings or dripping around your windows and doors, it’s a sign that your roof is no longer providing adequate protection from the elements. You should inspect your roof regularly for signs of water damage, such as mold and mildew, and call a roofing professional to assess the situation.
Granules in Gutters
If you notice granules from your shingles in your gutters, it is a sign that your roof is deteriorating. As shingles age, they lose their granules which can be found in the gutters. If you notice large amounts of granules in your gutters, it is a sign that you need to have your roof inspected and potentially replaced.
If your shingles start to buckle, curl, or blister, it is a sign that they are no longer providing adequate protection to your roof. This can be caused by a number of factors, such as improper installation, high winds, or inadequate ventilation.
Roof flashing is a key part of roofing that helps create a watertight seal around your roof, preventing moisture and water from entering your home. If your flashing is cracked or has become loose or damaged, it’s a sign that your roof needs help. Additionally, if you’re missing pieces of flashing, or if it’s been painted over, it’s a sign that your roof isn’t up to par.
If your roof is relatively new, you should be able to easily trace the age of your roof with a paper trail. This is usually in the form of a warranty from the roofing company that installed the original roof. If your roof is older, you may have the paperwork from when the roof was first put in place. If you can’t find paperwork detailing the age of your roof, it’s a good reason to get your roof inspected and upgraded to a better one.
While replacing a roof may seem like a daunting task, it’s an important part of protecting your home and keeping it comfortable for years to come. If you notice any of the signs discussed in this article, don’t hesitate to contact SRQ Building Services, Inc. for our roofing services. With years of experience and quality products, we’re sure to make the process easy and stress-free. Contact us now!