Did you know: Your roof is necessary for the structural integrity of your home? If your roof fails, it can require major repairs. It's important to stay ahead of any potential issues or damage and ensure that you fix or replace your roof when it starts to age. There are some tell-tale signs that indicate your roof is starting to lose its ability to protect your home from the elements, and some are more obvious than others.
Leaks in Your House
If there are leaks coming through your ceiling, it's a good sign that your roof may need to be repaired or replaced. First, make sure you check to see if the leak is coming from your roof or potential plumbing lines. A professional can help identify the source of a leak. If it is a roof leak, it's likely to start off confined in your attic, but when heavier rains soak through, you're likely to start to see spots on your ceilings or streaks running down your walls. These stains can be an indicator that you've got a damaged roof. To avoid getting to this point, it's a good idea to check your attic for water stains on your roof decking as well as on your insulation on a regular basis.
Damaged or Missing Shingles
Severe storms and years of wind and water erosion can lead to roof damage. If we have a particularly strong storm season with lots of extreme winds, it's time to check your roof. Often time harsh storms can literally blow the shingles off of roofs. Should you see any bare spots on your roof, you'll want to get a contractor to fix the damage before the next storm hits. Otherwise, you're more likely to wind up with water damage inside your house. Also, your shingles can simply wear out over time. Most shingles have a standard life-expectancy which varies based upon the quality and brand of the shingle. If you find that you have shingles that are starting to curl up or discolor, it’s a good time to have your roof inspected to see if repairs or a full replacement are in order.
Granules in Your Gutter
Traditional asphalt shingles have tiny mineral granules that adhere to them and provide a layer of protection. Over time, these small granules will start to loosen from the shingle. Rainwater can cause these granules to run downhill into your gutters. Many home maintenance experts recommend clearing your gutters out every year. While clearing leaves and other debris from your gutters, check for any unusual accumulation of deposits of these granules. If you spot any, it's a good time to call with a roofing professional.
Boyce's Roofing and Repair in Oceanside is available 24/7 to help you fix any problems that you have with your roof. We're ready to help with all of your roofing needs so give us a call or contact us online today for an estimate.