The roof of your home is something you may not even realize is there most days, as it’s easy to nearly overlook. Built to sustain wind, rain, sun and up to a quarter century’s worth of exposure, a roof is like an old vehicle you’ve had several memorable adventures with through time. But like that vehicle, the roof will start to give you signs that all is not well and it needs some TLC.
Water Spots on the Ceiling
Those unsightly spots on the ceilings of older homes are more than an eyesore. Water stains are a common sign of a slow leak, either current or previous. The tricky part with these is that the spot is where the water eventually landed, not where it came from. Most likely the roof is responsible if the spot appears, grows, or becomes larger following rain. However, water spots can also be caused by windows, condensation, or plumbing leaks.
Water Spots on Exterior Walls
Just like the ceilings, water spots appearing on exterior walls is a sign of trouble. Most likely the step flashing is loose, rusted, or otherwise damaged. Same as the other water spots, these usually appear or grow after a rain. Another common cause is if two different siding materials were used and butt together, they can leave a gap and allow water inside. Leaky windows may also be to blame.
More Than a Few Granules Are Washing out of the Downspouts
A few granules here and there are normal, but when more than a few are washing out after each rain, the shingles have reached their limit. Shingles without granules become exposed and turn brittle from exposure to UV rays.
Brittle shingles eventually turn into cracked shingles, an advanced stage of decay for roofing. At this point, the roof needs to be replaced. Check the warranty of the shingles because if they aren’t near the end of their lifespan, they shouldn’t be deteriorating and cracking.
The Roof Has a Cup – or Several
Cups should stay in the kitchen for morning coffee or tea, not acting as a barrier of protection on the house. Corners of shingles turn upward and the shingles take on a wavy appearance, generally caused by age and helped along by an improperly vented attic space. Cupped shingles are more susceptible to wind-blown rain subsequently leaking into the house.
Shingles Have Started Going Missing Along with the Dress Socks
An exploring animal can loosen or damage shingles, especially with a direct route to and fro from overhanging tree branches. As shingles age, the sealant holding them to the roof in the overlapped pattern can fail. At this point, shingles can be nailed down to buy a little more time, but severe winds can still knock them from the roof.
Leaks Appear from the Roof When the Temperature Fluctuates
Ice dams form by the freeze-thaw cycle which allows ice to build up on the roof and blocks melting snow from draining away. These dams can form in as little as one inch of snow, causing backed up water to get under shingles and leak inside. Having a well-insulated attic can help prevent ice dams from forming.
Blisters Are Painful for Your Roof Also
When water gets under the roof, it’s very difficult to get rid of it. Water that remains for an extended amount of time can cause small, dark spots forming blisters.
Your Roof Is Trying On A New Shade
Algae can grow on roofs and has the ability to wreak havoc to the point of destroying your roof if left untreated. The roof will usually take on a dark brown to black color if algae have begun to grow.
Only Trees Should Have Layers to Tell Their Age
Most typical roofs should last between 20-25 years and only have one layer of shingles underneath the top layer at most. Some states require a permit to add more than two layers of shingles to a roof. A generally followed rule is not to add a third layer. Too many layers can be a safety issue as the roof may not be able to sustain the added weight.
Water Extraction Experts Can Help Repair Roof Leak Water Damage
If you’ve noticed water spots on your ceilings or walls or other signs of water damage from your roof, we can erase the damage. Water damage left to its own devices can cause mold growth in a short time frame but lead to long-term health concerns. Using the latest technology and techniques, our professional team will remove any remaining water and work through the remediation process.