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Things Your Roof is Trying to Tell You

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The roof is more than just protection. It is an investment and adds value to the building. The elements can take their toll on the roof. This means you need to protect it so it can continue to protect you. Your roof can handle a lot but you have to pay attention to it. Without regular inspections, you can miss important things that your roof is trying to tell you.  To avoid serious damage and costly repairs, there are certain things to look for.

Things Your Roof is Trying to Tell You

  • Water spots: Water spots on the ceiling are a common sign that something is wrong. The unsightly discoloration in the ceiling indicates a leak or mold. Moisture that has leaked through the roof into the attic can cause mold and serious damage to the roofing structure. Have a professional come in to further inspect what is causing this so it can be repaired right away.
  • Water damage on exterior walls: Watermarks on the wall are often overlooked. They are often mistaken for slider issues. Water damage indicates that the step flashing is loose or rusted. This will most likely be the culprit if water damage appears right after heavy rain.
  • Excess granules: Excess granules from the shingles can end up in the gutters. When this happens, it is time to replace the roof. The granules protect the roof from UV rays, so once they shed, the end of the roof life is near. Without granules, the roof is prone to cracking and decay which needs to be addressed immediately.
  • Cupping shingles: Shingles that are beginning to cup are a sign of ventilation issues. This indicates that the roof needs to be re-shingled. Cupped shingles can easily be blown away by winds leaving an exposed roof. These need to be replaced right away to prevent serious damage.
  • Black stains: Black stains on the roof indicates that you have an algae problem. Algae can spread quickly which makes it a serious problem. It can also dislodge the granules and leave your roof exposed. Algae also attract moss to the roof which can also weaken the shingles. Placing zinc strips around the roof ridge releases a fungicide that kills algae. You can also mop your roof with a bleach mixture to kill algae and moss.

Conclusion

These are a few common signs your roof is trying to tell you it needs attention. With annual inspections you can identify most problems before they become serious. Call us today if you have any questions about roof inspections or any signs that your roof has given you lately.

 

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