Common Signs of Roof Damage

You probably don’t give much thought to your roof on a daily basis. After all, your landscaping and yard need a lot of attention. But ignoring potential damage to your roof can come back to haunt you later. You would be wise to regularly inspect your roof for these common signs of damage, and then hire a professional to fix them.

1.    Curled, Cracked or Missing Shingles

If you have asphalt shingle roofing, you know how easily those shingles can go missing or start curling and buckling, especially if your roofing system is getting on in years. These are signs that your shingles are getting to the end of their lifespan. If you spot these signs of trouble, and they keep happening despite frequent repairs and replacements, consider replacing your roof.

2.    Dark, Wet or Dirty Shingles

If shingles allow moisture to get trapped underneath them, they are failing in their #1 job. You may not notice the wetness right under the offending shingle because water runs downhill, but you may notice it further down. It can even manifest itself as leaks on your ceilings and walls.

3.    Shingle Granules in Gutters

Composite or asphalt shingles tend to lose their granules when they begin to wear down and get old. You may see a lot of those granules in your gutters, resembling black, coarse sand.

4.    Wear and Tear Around Objects and Openings

Chimneys, pipes, vents and other objects that stick out of your roof: these are places where you will see initial deterioration. Thankfully, you can often fix just those areas and keep the damage confined.

5.    Blistering or Peeling Paint

If your attic has been poorly ventilated, humidity and moisture can build up right near the roofline, causing your exterior paint to peel or blister.

6.    Staining on Interior Ceilings or Walls

Water stains or discolorations on your ceilings and walls can result from a variety of things. But the underlayment on your roof may allow moisture to get into your home, leading to stains. A roof replacement is the solution here.

7.    Leaks in the Attic After a Storm

If you notice rain infiltrating your attic after a storm, you may need to replace a bit of the flashing. But if a porous underlayment is to blame, you will need a roof replacement.

8.    Sagging Roof Deck

If you notice the decking or rafters in your attic are starting to sag downward instead of staying straight, they are probably wet from leaking water.

9.    Outside Light in the Attic

When visiting your attic during the daytime, if you see light streaming in, water may be able to get into your attic through those openings.

10. Higher Energy Bills

If you have noticed a spike in your heating or cooling costs, the cool or warm air is likely leaking through your roof. You may be able to address this ventilation issue within your attic to notice a drop in your bills.

Contact Ferris Roofing

Not sure if the damage you see is a cause for concern? Just contact us and we will come out for a free inspection at 817-727-4214.