You can say a lot of things about roofs, and most of them might be true. But one thing that nobody can argue with is that roofs are tops. This statement can be taken in several ways. A roof does for the top of your home. It can also act like a "top" or lid for your home, keeping the rain out. Then, there's the third meaning, which is the one we happen to like the most: roofs are the best. (People say things are "tops" when they really like them.) Since we like roofs so much, we've decided to write about them, and you've discovered the blog where we do that.
Your roof helps protect your home, which is why it is essential to know what signs of damage to watch out for. Knowing the signs of damage listed below will allow you to visually inspect your roof throughout the year, and allow you to know when to call in a professional roofing contractor to handle the repairs.
As shingles get older and wear down, they don't stay in a place like they used to. A strong storm that brings fast-moving gusts of wind can easily dislodge weak shingles. You may find shingles on your lawn when you are doing yard work, or you may see missing shingles just from looking up at your roof.
Spotting missing shingles is serious. Not only do you need to replace them immediately, but you should also consider getting the shingles on your roof inspected. If you have a large area with missing shingles, you will want to replace that section of roofing. If all of the shingles are becoming worn down, it may be time to consider replacing your roof.
It is essential to get up close to your shingles every once in a while. If you notice small holes or punctures in your shingles, that is something you are going to want to address right away. Holes can allow small amounts of moisture through, which can eventually damage the wood decking underneath. If the deck rots, that can impact the interior of your home.
A variety of things can cause small punctures and holes: animals, such as squirrels and birds, tree branches falling or scraping against your shingles, even walking with improper shoes on your roof can cause some damage. It is important to identify the cause of the punctures in order to fix the issue.
Pay attention to the color of your roof. The color should be consistent throughout the roof's surface. If you see black patches, you may have algae growing on your roof. If you have green streaks, moss could be growing on your roof. Both can do heavy damage and need to be cleaned by a roofing professional before your shingles are damaged.
If your roof looks like the color is fading in a certain area, that could be a sign that those areas are experiencing more wear than the rest of the structure. You will want to monitor those areas closely and ensure that the integrity doesn't degrade soon and compromise the quality of your roof. You may also want to get a professional to inspect those areas and assess their quality.
If you notice that your roof is missing shingles, that the shingles themselves have holes or punctures in them, or that they are discolored in some way, it is time to bring in roofing contractors to repair and fix your roof in order to keep it strong.