What are The Different Signs of Roof Problems?

What are The Different Signs of Roof Problems?

May 15, 2019, 12:52 a.m.

You might be aware of the fact that roofing problems need to be addressed quickly, as these can cause extensive damage and pose a big danger for your family and property. Problems like leakages, damaged shingles or poor insulation need the intervention of professionals for immediate repairs before it is late. Whenever a roof tends to develop a problem, it starts displaying different signs. Some signs might be too minor to notice, but if you keep an eye, you are certainly going to spot them. So, for all homeowners, here are some of the most common signs of roofing problem

​​​​Time to be alert and call the professionals!

Consider the Age of Your Roof:

As you start checking out signs or symptoms of damaged roofs or roof problems, first and foremost, you need to consider the age of the roof. Consider the associated history of damages, kind of recurrent problems and also the major repairs it has undergone. Though there are a few depending variables, a roof can last for several decades. 

Here are a few questions, which you need to get the answers to, as you work hard to ascertain the remaining life of the roof.

  • Any major repair was done previously – what was the kind of repair done?
  • Is there any kind of structural problems on the roof such as sagging of the roof?
  • How is the existing ventilation system?
  • How is the condition of the shingles?

If the damage or problems are extensive and recurrent, you can get in touch with the professionals for carrying out repairs of the roof.

Check for Ceiling Stains:

If you get to see stained ceilings or continuous damp walls, your roof might be to blame. The reason is actually a leaking roof that needs to be tracked down and repaired as quickly as possible. This might not be an immediate botheration but remember that small leakages will soon lead to larger problems. Leakages will lead to problems of sheathing, rotted framing, and mold. The source of the leakage will be difficult to detect and you will need special tools and cameras.

No, you will not be able to track the leakage and you will need the help of professionals to get this done. 

Plumbing Vent Boots – Damaged:

Plumbing vent boots can be made of metal, plastic or even with a combination of these two. You need to keep checking the plastic material for any kind of cracks. When there are metallic bases, you need to keep watch for broken seams. You will also need to examine the specific rubber boot which surrounds the pipe. This pipe often gets damaged. It can be torn or it can rot. If it rains, water tends to slowly get into your house through a pipe. In case you notice that the nails which are at the base do not exist or they are missing, while the boot is in good form, you need to replace it with the help of rubber washer screws, which is generally used in case of roofing system.

Shingles Damaged:

This is quite easily visible. A damaged or broken shingle looks ugly and can lead to leakage. If you notice damaged shingles, you need to call the professionals to have them repaired or replaced as per need.

Presence of Mold:

Mold – if you find it anywhere on your property, you need to be aware and find its cause. Many homeowners miss this subtle sign – so, keep an eye for mold in the area where the roof and the exterior walls meet. If there is a section where the roof edge meets the sidewall, kick-out flashing is extremely important. If this is not there, the roof runoff flows down from the wall and in the wall. It can get worse if there is a window or door just below and water starts seeping right behind. If this happens, the framing and the sheathing might get destroyed.

Keep a watch for all these signs and get your roof repaired before its late!

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