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July 17, 2023

As a homeowner, you want to ensure your roof is in perfect shape. Any missed damage that goes unnoticed could cause extensive damage throughout your roof and home. You should be checking your roof routinely and having annual inspections. Use these common signs of roof damage every homeowner should know to stay on the lookout.

  1. Water Stains

If you notice brown stains on your ceilings or walls, this could be an indicator of a leak. Other signs of leaks could be water bubbles beginning to form and mold starting to grow. All of these signs could be caused by a leak from your roof. The leak could be stemming from a hole in your shingles, a missing shingle, or worn-down caulking. Water damage from a leak can become quite expensive to repair if left unattended.

  1. Gutter Problems

If your gutters are not functioning properly, there could be an issue. Your gutters are meant to move rainwater from your roof down to the ground without damaging your roof. However, if your gutters are sagging, pulling away from your roof, or full of debris, you could experience additional roof damage due to water not being able to properly move to the ground.

  1. Poor Ventilation

Proper roof ventilation is crucial to the airflow of your home. As heat rises, it can accumulate in your attic. All of this warm air needs to be able to find a way out of your home. If the hot air is trapped, it can result in mold growth, condensation, damaged insulation, cracked shingles, rust, and damp paint in your home.

To learn more about roof ventilation and its importance, learn more here.

  1. Curled Flashing

Flashing is a metal component of your roof that is placed around chimneys, skylights, and vents which helps move water away from these openings in your roof. Over time, the flashing inevitably ages and becomes worn down. The most common damage seen is rust from water and cracking from high temperatures. Damaged flashing can result in water leaks in your vents, chimney, and skylights.

  1. Damaged Shingles

Shingles are the front line of defense against the outdoor elements. If any of your shingles are missing or damaged, the rest of your roofing materials are left susceptible to harm. Damaged shingles are one of the most obvious signs of roofing damage. There are three types of damage that shingles can incur: curling, crackling, and blistering. Curling is when the edge of the shingle begins to pull away from the rest of the roof. This could be caused by age, trapped moisture, and hot & cold temperatures. Cracking can occur from poor roofing ventilation, UV ray damage, or storm damage. Blistering happens from a combination of poor roof ventilation and a high amount of moisture, causing the shingle to expand.

To ensure your roof has not suffered any damage that hasn't been addressed, schedule a roof inspection with a qualified roofing company. Our team at Roof It Forward offers a free video roof inspection to allow our trained professionals to show you proof of any concerning areas and go over any necessary repairs. Schedule your consultation with us today.


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