Some things to watch for on your roof

December 18, 2013
 Keep an eye on your roof

When it comes to taking care of your home, the roof is something often overlooked. Unlike the carpet, walls, wood floors, and other features that you see every day, your roof is out of sight and consequently out of mind. Of all the things to overlook, your roof might be the worst one. If it becomes compromised, the entire interior of your home can be as well. Though roofs are built to stand up to the elements, the constant exposure will wear it down eventually. Here are a few types of damage that can occur to your roof over time and how to spot them and take care of them.

Leaks

When you think about roof damage, leaks are probably the first thing you think about. You can spot a leak before water is pouring into your home if you know what to look for. Watch for signs of water damage on the ceiling or walls. If you see any signs of water damage inside your home, you’ll want to have your roof inspected for leaks. Leaks can be repaired without having to replace the roof as long as the problem isn’t widespread.

Shingle damage

Over time, your shingles can become damaged in a number of ways. They can crack and break or even come off altogether. If your attic isn’t properly ventilated or if your shingles are defective or installed incorrectly, your shingles can curl or blister. Even when the shingles are installed correctly they wear out over time. The granules that act as a barrier begin to fall off. Whether your shingles are curling, blistering, or experiencing granule loss, your roof won’t be able to keep out the elements and a roof replacement will be needed.

Algae

If algae spores get on your roof, it can quickly grow out of control. It’s important to fix the problem early on. It’s best to hire a professional to get rid of the algae. Because algae is slippery, getting up on your roof is especially dangerous. Pressure washing your roof from the ground isn’t recommended either as you can cause granule loss. A professional can install zinc strips to prevent algae growth in the future.

Flashing

Flashing is an often forgotten part of your roof, that’s because it’s beneath the shingles. Its job is to divert water so it doesn’t end up getting absorbed into your roofing. Flashing can become compromised over time and if not fixed can lead to water damage on your roof and in your home. Fortunately, flashing can be repaired or replaced without having to replace the roof itself.

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