Gutters filled with granules, missing shingles, and water stains on the wall or ceiling are common signs of serious roofing problems. Whenever you notice these problems, don’t ignore them as these can worsen in the long run.
Ignoring such signs will not only result in the issues getting worse but also cause you expensive repair services. You should know what causes it and fix the problem from the root cause.
Ways to Tell If the Roof Has Serious Roofing Problems
There are simple yet crucial ways to know when you have to deal with roofing problems. Some of these are the following:
1. Water Spots on the Ceiling
Water spots mean that there is a leak. However, there are times when you may not notice it at once especially if it’s a slow leak. Most likely, the stains you’ll see are those from water traveling along the lumber or panels. To point out the source of the leak, you may have to hire a roofing contractor to track it down. Aside from roof leaks, water spots or stains can also be due to broken plumbing lines and condensation. Seek for the services of an expert to tell exactly the cause of the problem.
2. Exterior Walls have Water Stains
As you notice these stains, the step flashing is most likely damaged, rusted, or loose. This is the part when the wall meets the roof. When you see that the stains on the ceiling seem to worsen after raining, an expert should be called to fix or replace the step flashing. An expert is needed in this process as the adjacent siding and roof must be considered in the process. Aside from the flashing, the stains can also be the result of the gaps from using 2 different materials used for the siding. So, call an expert to know the real problem.
3. Granule-filled Gutters
When you become aware of this issue, it only means that the shingles are starting to deteriorate. Since granules normally come off, these usually accumulate in the roof gutters. Though loose granules should not be a problem, lots of granules flowing when raining, is an indication that shingles are exposed and causes the granules are come off. You can call the manufacturer to ask if the warranty still covers it or it should be replaced completely.
4. Shingles are Starting to Crack
As the amount of granules wearing off is increasing, the chance of the shingles becoming brittle is higher. A replacement is most likely needed. If you have asphalt shingles and they are exposed to too much sunlight, it may become brittle and wear out faster than expected. If this happens within the warranty period from the manufacturer and earlier than supposed end of its lifespan, you can give them a call and request for a replacement.
5. Shingles are Getting Wavy or Start Cupping
This can be the result of an improperly vented attic or it simply requires reshingling. Worn out or old shingles usually look wavy or tend to cup. Aside from the direct sunlight, the heat coming from improperly vented attic can also cause this issue. It can contribute to aging the shingles faster and make wind-blown rain to get under each shingle and cause leakage.
6. Missing Shingles
There’s a possibility that the sealant strip is already damage or furry animals are scurrying around the roof that causes the damaged or loose shingles. Tree branches making a pathway for small animals to reach your roof and damage the shingles. Have the trimmed to make sure. If it’s the sealant that caused the shingles to loosen, a replacement is needed to prevent leaks.
7. Roof Leaks are Noticed When Temperature is Changing from Freezing to Warm
When there are ice dams on the roof, it can block off melting snow and water will eventually leak inside. You can try using ice dam cables that heats up and prevent the ice dams to form. However, this is not recommended as the combination of electricity and water is dangerous. Also, this heats up the roof, which can affect the shingles more. Well-insulated attics can prevent the formation of these dams as it stops the warm air from melting the accumulated snow and keeps the attic cool.
8. The roof has Black Stains
These black stains are algae formations and can ruin how your roof looks. Though it doesn’t cause problems with your roof, getting rid of them is necessary for the aesthetic appeal. A power washer is not recommended as it can remove the granules. Zinc strips placed on the ridge can help as it can kill the algae because of the fungicide released when raining. You can also replace them with algae-resistant shingles.