Many people falsely believe that the only time you need a new roof is if you notice a leak. Fact is, chances are that your roof will give off several signs that indicate it needs to be replaced even before you start acquiring leaks. Over time, as lighting storms and strong winds tear shingles off the roof and allow water to penetrate it, what could have been a simple roof replacement job will turn into a more expensive project, especially if you have to replace the foundation. Let’s take a look at some early warning signs to beware of when it comes to replacing your roof.
Sometimes you may not see leaks, but rather water stains. Roofing related water stains typically run down the interior walls. In some instances this may occur as a result of condensation while it some instances it may be indicative of a leak. The major difference between condensation related water stains and leak related water stains are that most water leak related stains tend to be small. However, in order for you to differentiate between the two you need to contact a roofing contractor who will be able to immediately tell you what the issue is.
As your roof leaks and water seeps into the foundation of your walls, the paint may start to peel or swell up. This usually occurs as a result of water pooling underneath areas it doesn’t belong. It’s important to note that paint peeling is not just a cosmetic issue and are indictive of a serious leak. They also indicate that you may have a faulty roof that’s on the verge of collapsing.
Mildew and Mold
In order for mold to thrive, it needs a high amount of humidity. As such, mold and mildew signs are regarded as being natural signals that indicate that you have a leaky roof. Therefore, as soon as you notice it, you should check your insulation to see if it’s dry and provide your home with an adequate amount of ventilation. Ideally, you’ll need to check to ensure that your plumbing lines and bathroom fixtures are in place. If you have evaluated all these areas and fail to notice any significant defects chances are that your roof is feeding the mold growth. While this may seem like a minor annoyance at best, certain kinds of mold such as black mold can actually cause mental issues such as loss of memory, confusion, depression and anxiety.
When you clear your eacestrough of debris and leaves during the fall seasons, it is common for homeowners to notice a small amount of granules that have built up in the gutters. Depending on how long ago your roof was first installed as well as the weather condition of your city, this may not be unusual. But, an excessive amount of granule is indicative of a roof that is slowly withering away. While there is no standard for determining how much granule loss is too excessive, the best indicator would be the singles themselves. During the manufacturing process, more granules are injected into the surface of them than needed. As such, it is common for some of it to run away. But, if you have a roof that’s 10 years old, for instance, there’s no reason why you should be experiencing granule loss.
It’s common for homeowners notice structural changes on their property that they attribute to something else such as having a sagging roofline. In a situation like that people may attribute it to age. But, the fact is, some homes have wood beams that supports the roof. Over time this supportive bean can bend and warp as a result of excessive moisture. However, in some instances it may be under pressure by heavy snow accumulation. The reality is, without consulting a roofing company you literally have no way of knowing for sure. And, the longer you want to contact an expert, the higher the chance that your home will sustain permanent and expensive roof repair damages.
Hail is regarded as being one of nature’s most destructive forces. Unfortunately, while the occurrence of hail storms across the country is rare, it is more prevalent in some areas such as Colorado, Wyoming and Nebraska. If you experienced a particularly bad hail storm, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t have your roof evaluated by professional roofers after to fact. By doing this you can identify and fix any issue that may manifest itself before it becomes a larger problem.