Key Danger Signals
Don’t get caught with sudden, costly repairs. Keep a close eye on your roof and find out how to spot problems – including these 5 key danger signs – before they severely impact your wallet.
A leak in the attic.
After a strong storm or wind-driven rain, take a look in the attic for signs of leaking. It could indicate damaged shingles, inadequate underlayment or deteriorated flashing.
Blistering or peeling interior or exterior paint.
Moisture trapped in the house due to poor ventilation can cause exterior paint to peel and blister.
Stains on interior ceilings and walls – mold or mildew growth.
Stains, or worse, mold, can be caused by leaks from outside the house or moisture trapped inside.
Exterior decay in sheathing and/or siding.
Excess moisture can also contribute to decay.
Missing, cracked, or curled shingles.
Shingles are a common source of leaks on your roof and it’s important to address aged shingles before they become a major roofing issue. There are a number of signs that it’s time to repair or replace shingles. They included peeling, cracks, missing colour granules, loosening of nails from the roof sheathing and more.
How to Inspect for Damage
Why wait for the drip, drip, drip of a damaged roof It’s a good idea to inspect your roof regularly, particularly if you live in areas of the country that experience extreme weather. You can inspect your roof yourself by either climbing on your roof or by using binoculars from the ground.
If you choose to go up on the roof yourself, remember to always utilize proper safety equipment to prevent falls or injury.
Here are some things to look for:
Check flashing for damage or inadequate coverage
Look under eaves and overhangs for damage
Examine shingles for any that are missing, cracked, curled, torn, or warped
Look for any open seams or joints
Look for popped or rusted nails or stains around nails
Look for signs of insects or critter infestation (squirrels love climbing on roofs)
Check for sagging or unsound areas
Check for rotten fascia and eaves
Inspect your sources of roof ventilation to make sure they are not clogged
Inspect gutters for sagging or signs of leaks and be sure to remove any leaves or debris
Check for dark patches or biological growth
Check around pipes and roof penetrations to make sure they are sealed and in good shape – there shouldn’t be any exposed nails around flashings (if so, they should be sealed)
Look inside the attic for signs of leaks, dark spots, holes, or sagging sheathing
You can do all this yourself, but if you’re uncomfortable with the idea of walking around on your roof or climbing a ladder in the first place, or you just want a professional inspection done,The best option is to contact us, we will provide you with the most professional service.
Anatomy Of An Asphalt Shingle
The life expectancy of asphalt shingles is based on the performance of three components, and their ability to resist weathering. Made from petroleum, asphalt contains oils that make asphalt shingles easy to work with and effective at protecting your roof and home. As time goes on, these oils come to the surface and are weathered away by the elements. It’s this weathering process that ages a shingle.
1.Reinforcement: Asphalt shingles start out with either an asphalt-saturated organic felt, or a fiberglass mat. This reinforcement is the structural base of the shingle, to which the other raw materials (asphalt and granules) are applied. In order for asphalt shingles to provide protection, the reinforcement must resist tearing, warping and shrinkage when applied on stable, wellventilated decks.
2.Asphalt: During shingle manufacturing, the reinforcement is coated with asphalt to provide the water-resistant layer that protects the felt and your roof from the elements. The thickness of this layer of asphalt determines the weight of the shingle. Many believe that the heavier the shingle the greater the protection offered to your roof and home. This factor is only one of many that determines the life expectancy of your roof.
3.Granules: A layer of granules is pressed into the surface of the asphalt. The granules protect the layer of asphalt from the ultraviolet radiation from the sun. Without this layer of protection, the asphalt layer would quickly deteriorate.