A standard asphalt shingle roof lasts about 20 years or so. Even if your roof isn’t near the two-decade mark, it may need some attention. Yes, there are some visible signs; it’s time to get some help from a roofing contractor. There are some not-so-obvious signs you should also be paying attention to. Here are eight of them.
1. Loose Shingles
The problem with not having loose roofing shingles repaired is to that water can get into the underlying layers of your roof. Over time, this water seepage can do damage to the inside parts of your home. Taking care of minor issues with loose shingles now can prevent costly damage later.
2. Poor Attic Ventilation
If outside or inside paint on your home is blistering or peeling for no apparent reason, you may have poor ventilation. Specifically, it’s a lack of sufficient attic ventilation that can bring more heat and humidity into your home. Signs of poor roof/attic ventilation to look out for include:
• Increased energy costs without explanation
• Excessive heat in your home
• A roof leak in your attic
• Stains on your walls or interior ceilings
3. Rusty or Worn Flashing
Flashing is the strips of metal placed around the things that stick out from your roof, like the chimney or heating vents. If materials of this nature are rusty or worn, you’ll be more likely to have leaks. Since it’s not always safe to get up on your roof yourself unless you know what you’re doing, having a roof inspection is the best way to know for sure if you have flashing that needs to be replaced or repaired.
4. Granules in Your Gutter
Asphalt shingles contain a type of surface material known as granules. These tiny particles play a role in helping water runoff shingles and providing protection from the sun’s rays. If you begin to see these particles in your gutters or downspouts regularly, it’s time to have a roof repair pro check things out.
5. Small, Hidden Leaks
Not all roof leaks are in your face – or on top of your head. Some roof leaks are hidden in corners concealed with cabinets or in your attic. What’s more, the spot where a hole does eventually show up may not be where it’s coming from!
This is more likely to happen if you have a smaller leak that comes through in one spot on your roof and flows along until an opening, like the area around a light fixture, is found. If you have a plastic vapor barrier in your attic nestled between your attic wall and the drywall, push it aside and search for telltale flow stains.
If you are still having difficulty pinpointing the real source of a leak, let a roofing contractor track it down. Experienced contractors know where to look and what signs to search for when on the hunt for a hole that’s not easy to find.
6. Leaks Related to Cracked Chimney Cement
Properly installing flashing around chimneys can be time-consuming. It also takes skill and know-how. Unfortunately, some roofers cut corners and slather on roof cement around vents instead of installing flashing. The problem is cement will crack eventually, which could result in a leak that extends down to areas around your fireplace.
7. Roof Rot Due to a Missing Gutter Apron
A gutter apron is a protective attachment that’s supposed to be placed under the edge of your shingles. It prevents water from clinging to the underside of your shingles and trickling down to the fascia.
If your gutter system has a missing gutter apron, however, water will eventually rot various parts of your roof, including the fascia and soffits. The roof sheathing may also be affected. Ideally, this is a potential problem you want to be detected and corrected ASAP. A roofer can install a gutter apron and re-affix your gutter’s brackets or straps.
8. Hail Damage
Hail doesn’t always produce visible roof damage. For instance, your shingles might have small bare spots or indentations that go unnoticed until you start to notice leaks or interior water damage. Signs suggesting your roof has been damaged by hail include:
• Fractures or tiny cracks on shingles
• Areas where granules are missing
• Dents in your roof’s metal flashing
• Pitted, rounded, or tear-drop-shaped spots
If you are noticing any of these signs that suggest you need roof repair, Minneapolis Roofing is the roofing company to count on to get the work done. Contact us today to request service.