SIGNS YOUR ROOF SUSTAINED WATER DAMAGE
Just like everything else in your home, your roof also needs occasional checkup and maintenance. The good news is that you can check the status of the roof yourself or hire a local roofing contractor to do the job. Regardless of your choice, here are five signs of roof damage to bear in mind:
1. Missing shingles
If you discover that some shingles have gone missing – possibly due to a strong gust of wind – you should have those replaced immediately. Missing shingles expose parts of your roof to nature’s elements, which might cause water damage to the exposed wood decking.
Or if you find the asphalt shingles curling up at the edges, it might mean they have already taken some amount of water damage and they will need to be replaced ASAP.
2. Roofing granules in the gutter
Finding leaves in your gutters is one thing but finding roofing granules is a whole other story. Don’t get me wrong, it is natural for any roof to lose “some” granules but when you find your gutter clogged up from granules, it might be time for a roof checkup. Like shingles, lack of granules also exposes you to various risks.
3. Leaky roof beams
Go up to your attic with a flashlight and see if you notice sunlight shining through the roof beams. If the answer is yes, it means water might have or is seeping in. Have it fixed immediately! If your insulation is also showing signs of mold and moisture, then it means you need to check for damage here as well.
4. Signs of aging
Like everything else, roofs also have a shelf life. An old roof shouldn’t be too difficult to notice. So, if your roof has been there more than 20 years, then it might be time to consider a replacement.
5. Problems with flashing
Is the flashing around the chimney, rooftop, or vent pipe in top condition? If not, it might lead to water seepage and eventually costly damage. On flat roofs, flashing is often the most common cause of roof leaks, and you should be mindful of that.
As for all roofing projects, there are repairs you may be able to conduct safely but at the same time there are more complex and dangerous repairs. It is best to call in a roofing contractor that know what they are doing, and they can save you time and headaches. IQV Construction & Roofing can get the job done efficiently while ensuring everyone’s safety. If you need an inspection or roof repair call us at 408-638-5500 or request a proposal online.