Subtle Signs That Your Roof Needs To Be Repaired
You shouldn't wait for your roof to start leaking, ceiling to stain or shingles to fall off the roof before you call for roof repair. If you do that, then you are likely to incur a costly repair or replacement bill. Fortunately, there are other subtle signs that may point to roof damage before it gets to that point. Here are three examples of such signs:
Blistering Exterior Wall Paints
Paint and moisture do not play well together. If the moisture manages to penetrate the paint coat, it can cause premature paint failure by cracking, discoloring or peeling it. The main question is: how can your roof introduce moisture onto exterior walls?
This can happen in more ways than one. For example, ice dams form when snow melts on the roof and reaches the overhang. Because the overhang isn't properly heated, the water freezes again and forms a dam that traps water coming from more melting snows on the roof. This water may penetrate the roof and drain into the walls, causing the problems explained in the preceding paragraph.
Another way this can happen is if the interior water vapor rises and condenses on the attic side of the decking. This condensed water can then drip down the side walls and damage the paint. This kind of paint damage usually occurs towards the tops of the walls, as they are nearest to the roof.
Therefore, if you notice blistering paints on your exterior walls, you should have your attic's insulation, as well as ventilation, examined.
High Energy Bills
A damaged roof can lead to high energy bills. This may be the issue if you have ruled out the usual suspects such as misuse electrical appliances, inefficient HVACs, hot water leaks and similar concerns. Roof damage can lead to high energy bills in several ways:
- Improper venting making hot air move downwards from the attic
- Damaged flashing (for example around the chimney) letting unheated air into the house
- Damaged ceiling insulation
Granules in the Gutter
If there are asphalt granules in your gutter or near your walls, then they must have come from somewhere, which is your roof. Granules are lost due to several reasons such as hail impact on or the action of weather on the shingles. The older your roof is, the greater the damage will be. Roof leaks usually stem from the loss of granules because the shingles decay faster when they are stripped of their protective coating.
This is why it is good to pay attention to what happens on your roof and the associated structures such as gutters and downspouts. It can help you to identify a problem early enough and have a roofing contractor fix it before it becomes a disaster.