As a homeowner, keeping your home's roof in great shape is one of the most important maintenance tasks. So when something's amiss with your roof, it's only a matter of time before it snowballs into something even more serious, such as a completely collapsed roof. To keep that from happening, it's important to keep an eye out for these following signs.
It's not out of the ordinary for roof shingles to suddenly go AWOL in the aftermath of high winds or heavy snow. Shingles can also deteriorate and break off as they age, making it important to give your roof a careful inspection each year. Don't forget that you can also lose your shingles due to improper snow clearing and even physical damage caused by walking or working on the roof.
If you suddenly find shingle fragments all over your lawn or in your gutters, then you may want to have your roofing contractor see what's going on. After a thorough inspection, he or she can recommend which steps to take when it comes to replacing those shingles.
Loose Granule Residue in the Gutter
In addition to providing a bit of color and texture, asphalt shingle granules help shield the underlying shingle from the effects of ultraviolet (UV) light. Asphalt shingles often lose their granules to rain and winds as they age, resulting in bald shingles that are then prone to other forms of damage. The granules themselves are often washed into the gutters where they collect until the next time the gutters are cleaned.
If you see a whole bunch of granules in your gutter or near the ground-level drain spout for your gutters, you may need to take a good look at your shingles. Shingles that have lost their granules need to be replaced as soon as possible.
This is the most common and most visible of all indicators of impending roof failure. If you suddenly see water stains on your ceiling or exterior walls, then there's a good chance it's getting through the roof somehow. Depending on the location and severity of the leak, you may also be dealing with lighting fixtures overflowing with water (a potentially dangerous hazard), sagging ceiling tiles and/or swelling wooden beams.
Visible Buckling and Sagging
If you happen to see a dip or bend in your roof's ridge line, then there's a good chance there could be some sagging or buckling involved. Buckling and sagging often comes in two well-known forms:
Deflection – A temporary form of sagging that happens when heavy objects are temporarily on the roof.
Creep – A permanent form of sagging that happens over a number of years. Creep occurs when the wood fibers within the rafters stretch, causing noticeable and often irreversible sagging.
Buckling or sagging can occur for a number of reasons. Constant exposure to heavy snowfall and ice buildup can cause buckling or sagging. Poor building materials and bad building practices can also cause it to occur. Long-term damage from water leaks or termite infestation can also do a number on your roof.
In most cases, a complete replacement of your entire roof is the only surefire way of resolving any sagging or buckling problems.
Swift and Sudden Increase in Heating and Cooling Costs
A failing roof can also turn into a financial burden as far as your heating and cooling costs are concerned. For instance, roof leaks can also allow air to leak into your home, thus altering your home's ventilation while also making it harder to cool or heat properly. The end result is usually more money spent on heating and cooling due to the higher amounts of energy required to maintain your usual home temperatures.
Although an extreme change in heating and cooling costs should be investigated by your HVAC technician, it can't hurt to have a roofing expert make sure it isn't related to any other roofing problems. For more information, contact a company like Drey Roofing.