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6 Ways You Can Tell Your Roof is Damaged

08 November 2018
Kevin Hartley

Your roof is a system, believe it or not. It needs to function as a system. This means that if one part of your system is damaged, the whole thing is in jeopardy. To make matters worse, your roof is what is protecting you, others and your property from peril. When any one thing is out of whack with your roof, it needs immediate attention. Consider these six common signs of roof failure. You need to be aware of damage to your roof before it is too late.

Sagging Roof

A sagging roof means danger because it could come down at any time. It also means that a significant amount of water can enter the home at any moment, if it hasn't already occurred. A sagging roof can happen for a variety of reasons: weak joists, excessive weight on the roof, wood rot and other deteriorating factors. You will need to get your decking replaced. You might also need to replace your fascia and other surfaces.


Leaky Roof

Your roof does more than protect you. Your roof also protects your home to keep it structurally sound, and it protects your possessions in your home. If you have a leaky roof, you are endangering your life, your property, and extensive home damage. Small leaks become big ones. It's better to take care of it sooner than later.

Shingle Damage

Most people underestimate the effects of roof damage and what it entails down the road if it is left ignored. According to this roofer, “When homeowners place blind faith in their roof and neglect it completely until the first sign of a leak appears in the ceiling, they could already be facing much larger problems—unwanted structural issues, mold growth, or damaged insulation, for starters.” It's not as if you have a certain amount of time before you can make repairs or replace your roof. A sudden downpour can make bad things worse. A strong gust of wind can do additional damage. While you might get by for a little amount of time, anything can make for a quick disaster. Replacing a roof or needing to do extra repairs is more costly down the road than if you deal with repairs promptly. Anything that is allowed to sit will get worse.


High Energy Bills

If there are leaks in your home or any surface is deficient in any way, you will incur excessively high energy bills. Warm air will transfer to areas of cooler air. Roof failure causes warm air to leak out of the house in the winter, and it causes warm air to enter the house during the summer. Ideally, you want to avoid both to lower your energy costs and to have a suitable, comfortable environment.

Evidence of Mold

Evidence of mold is a huge issue. If you see mold in your home on the ceiling or along the top of your walls, there is a very good chance that your roof is leaking. You should know that mold seen in one area does not indicate that a leak is happening directly overhead. Water travels. It will run down trellises, rafters and other surfaces depending upon your home's underlying structure, gravity, and other factors. Seeing mold on the exterior of your home is an indication of roof damage, and you are putting other surfaces of your home at risk. Your siding, decking and other exterior surfaces can become water damaged and incur mold as a result. If water is allowed to collect for an extended amount of time, you risk wood rot, termites and other issues that could affect your home's structural integrity. You need a roofing contractor to let you know where your leak is. Mold within the home will spread to any other area where there is excessive moisture. Mold causes sinus issues, rashes, asthma flare-ups, and other issues.


Other Damage

You might have roof damage and not know it. Despite the popularity of satellite and Internet, it's not always a good idea to attach these to the roof. Often, professional satellite dish installers can cause issues with your roof by drilling holes into your roof to attach a satellite. According to this roofer, “Roof-mounted satellite dishes seldom leak right away. Over time, however, weather-related expansion and shrinking of roof materials creates leaky gaps where the dish has been screwed into the shingles. To prevent this from happening, add a rubber sheet beneath the satellite foot plate to block leaks and protect the shingles from cosmetic contact damage. In addition, add a sealant, such as roofing tar, over the mounting bolts to further protect against water entry.”


Other equipment can mean leaks and damage to your decking too. There are times when flashing isn't installed properly either. This can occur around your fireplace chimney or in a valley on your roof. This will invariably lead to leaks and other potential issues.

To maintain the integrity of your home and to keep the value of your home up, you’ll want to avoid any roof damage at all costs. Get two inspections during the year: before and after the season you incur the roughest weather. In some places, that could be before, and after the time tornados and hurricanes are likely to hit. For other places, you want to have your roof inspected before and after the winter months. Inspections let you know what you need to do to keep your roof in good condition.

If it is time to get a new roof,check out my article hereto determine if a metal roof is right for you! If you live in the East York area or are looking to move there,contact me for helpfinding or selling a home today!

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