Identifying Roof Damage

by SVW on March 28, 2012

A leaky roof is a big problem. Once you’ve got water dripping onto your floors you know you have a leak, but there is a way to know your roof is damaged before this happens. A wise choice for any homeowner would be to get into a routine of checking your roof for signs of damage before the water has snuck its way into your home. The NRCA, National Roofing Contractors Association, recommends biannual inspection and gutter cleaning for the protection of your roofing.

There are many signs you can look for on your roof that may signal the need for roof repair. Knowing these signs will help you prevent more serious and costly damage – and a very unwelcome friend dripping on your head. The following lists from Family Education Network will help you identify exterior and interior signs that your roofing may need repairs.

Exterior Roof Damage Signs

• Uplifting or splitting of the roofing membrane or decking on flat roofs.
• Punctures in the roof caused by debris hitting it.
• Cracking or other age-related deterioration. This is typically most apparent on southern exposures, and especially on wood or composition shingles.
• Damaged roof-mounted vents or air-conditioning equipment.
• Stripped ridge tiles, or missing or broken tiles on concrete or clay roofs.
• Pitting or pock marking on asphalt shingles or membranes. This can be caused by hail or from toxic substances in seedpods.
• Stripped or torn shingles on asphalt, fiberglass, or cedar roofs.
• Algae growth from poor drainage.
• Previous roof repairs.
• Rotted or rusted decking.
• Worn or rusted flashings.
• Wrinkled roofing membrane.
• Holes from missing shingles or other roofing materials.

Interior Roof Damage Signs

• Holes and cracks through which you can see outside.
• Wetness or signs of water damage, such as watermarks, rot, or mold, on beams, rafters, sheathing, walls, floors, etc.

If you see any of these signs, calling a roofing contractor is imperative. You want to get the problem patched before it seeps into your home. If you call a before the problem has made its way into your home, a roofing contractor can fix the problem more readily.

Regular maintenance around your home may help protect the livelihood of your roof. Trim stray branches around or near your roof. Stray branches can cause damage to your roof by brushing up against your shingles. Storms or debris from high winds may also hinder the condition of your roofing. There are many environmental causes of roof damage, some of which are discussed in this previous My Home Improvement Blog.

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