Signs of Roof Damage: What to Look For

As the roof ages, the granules that protect it from the elements can start to loosen. This can lead to water damage to walls or ceilings, and can even shorten the lifespan of your roof. Most roofs can last about 30 years, but this depends on where you live. Damaged shingles are not only an eyesore, but they can also cause leaks.

After periods of strong winds, you should check your roof for any tree branches that may have been blown onto it. A properly installed roof should be able to support small branches, but if they are large enough to creak and rub against the ceiling, they can cause cracks and chips in the tiles and damage the fascia boards. Moss spores can develop in areas of your roof that don't get much sun. While moss may appear harmless, it can alter the layer below and between shingles, making your home more susceptible to leaks, damaged shingles, and wood decay.

If moss spores have recently developed, you can easily remove them with a brush and water. If you notice several shingles missing or loose, this could be a sign of roof damage. If there has been a hail storm recently, check for dents in the roof vents or any metal components as this could indicate damage in other areas. If you can repair your current roof, it will usually be cheaper than replacing it.

Tree branches that are close enough to your house to creak and rub against the ceiling can cause cracks and chips in the tiles and damage the fascia boards. If a large branch falls on your roof, it will also cause damage to the roof cover and other components. Stains on your roof after rain storms indicate that moisture is trapped between the shingles and the roof covering. Most of these common problems can be easily repaired, but in extreme cases, damage caused by storms, aging, or lack of maintenance may require a full replacement.

If your roof was not installed correctly by a professional contractor, you are more likely to suffer from roof damage. Ignoring signs of damage not only poses an additional risk of repair costs, but also puts your health and safety at risk. If you notice any signs of roof damage or think that it may need to be replaced soon, call Hedrick Construction for a thorough inspection.