Roof damage can be easy to see after inclement weather, but there are other less obvious indicators that your roof may require attention. Many of these threats are not as visible as storm damage.
As your roof ages, it becomes more important to watch for signs that it may need to be repaired or replaced. A roof’s lifespan can vary widely depending on the material used, so understanding that is an important first step. From there, regular inspections can help you catch a problem in the early stages and keep your home protected.
The Signs of Roof Damage
Here are some concerns to watch for that may not be easily detected:
A sag in your roof may be unnoticeable from the ground, but it means the decking is weak and needs to be replaced. The decking is the support system for your roof, so keeping it strong is crucial to protecting your home. A professional can inspect for possible damage up close.
Gutter guards can be great for keeping leaves and other debris out, but you will still want to inspect gutters for granules. If you start to notice shingle granules in your gutters, it likely means your shingles are damaged or deteriorating. Additionally, watch for rusting gutters that may need to be replaced.
Flashing serves a vital role in keeping moisture out of the roof joints. Inspect it closely from a ladder to look for broken flashing where moisture may be able to penetrate the exterior walls.
If you see discoloration on any of your interior or exterior walls or ceilings, you likely have a roof leak. Check the insulation in your attic to see if it appears soggy. Leaks can lead to mold growth, which can be unhealthy for your family. It is best to address discoloration as soon as you spot it.
Damage from a hailstorm may be a little trickier to detect. Hailstones can knock the protective granules off of shingles or even puncture them. If you know your roof has been hit by hail, it may be worth asking an expert to climb a ladder to look for damage you can’t spot from the ground.
While it might not be something you immediately notice, seeing daylight through the roof boards in your attic is not a good thing. You may have an issue with the shingles and the plywood sheathing. If light can get in, water can too.
If you find an issue, your homeowner’s policy may cover damage to your roof. Rose Roofing experts can help you navigate the insurance claim process with your provider and speed the process using our private adjusters.
Spotting signs that your roof may be failing can be difficult for homeowners. If you schedule regular inspections, your roofer can ensure that problems are handled while they are still minor and inexpensive. Waiting until damage becomes obvious can be costly. Addressing concerns early will help keep your family safe.
If you think a professional roof inspection may be a good option for you, talk to one of our experienced contractors. We can send them out to inspect your roof and address your concerns. They can offer expert advice based on your goals and existing roof condition.
If our experts determine your roof needs an upgrade that can be covered by insurance, we will take you through the entire process, from roofing estimates to the payment of the claim. Stay well-protected all year long with a regularly maintained roof and find hidden signs of damage to prevent further issues. Contact us Rose Roofing today.