Although this winter was a mild one, wind, sleet, and snow still takes a toll on your home’s exterior. Your roof bears the brunt of this exposure, so you should take the time to check for common signs of wear and tear to identify potential places for repair or replacement. Most people know it’s time to act when they spot a leak, but, in reality, there are plenty of other warning signs before it gets to that point. You just need to know what to look for:
1. Missing Shingles
In the wake of windy weather, it’s not unusual to see homes with patches of shingles missing. In some cases, you can even catch them waving in the breeze. While it’s not a particularly comforting sight, it also doesn’t necessarily mean the entire roof needs to be replaced.
If the rest of the roof is still in good enough condition, an experienced repairman might just be able to fix that one section with shingles that blend in with the rest of the surface. If your roof is over twenty years old, though, or the shingles were laid over an even older layer of shingles, then it may not be worth salvaging. To make these distinctions, you’ll want to consult an experienced professional.
2. Check the Lines
If the lines of your roof seem a little out of place, or crooked, that could be another sign that something’s amiss. Pay particular attention to the valleys that channel water away from essential parts of your home. Deterioration in this area can quickly lead to leaks if it’s not addressed.
Shingles that are curling or bucking can also disrupt the roof line and indicate there’s a bigger problem underneath. This could be the result of trapped moisture, old age, or even a defective roof. When you notice this, it’s best to call an expert for a closer look.
3. Don’t Forget about the Gutters
Shingle granules are the shiny substance added to many modern roofing materials to make them more resistant to fire and UV rays—not to mention easier to package. They can also wear away over time from natural exposure to the elements, and act as an indicator that your roof needs a little attention. While it can be hard to detect color variations that arise as the granules fade, you can always check your gutters. As a roof nears the end of its life expectancy, it tends to lose more granules, which are often washed away into these devices. So, if you notice this as you’re clearing leaves and other debris, call us up for a consultation!