As the protective barrier over houses, roofs are expected to be durable and long-lasting that most homeowners often take this for granted. However, like every aspect of your home, it also possibly run into issues.
Some of these issues can be minor issues that can be dealt with later on, but others need your immediate attention, and delaying them would only be an invitation to disaster. Additionally, this would also lead to extra expenses later on. Here are seemingly small roof problems that you’d want to fix before it morphs into expensive repairs.
Dropping or Sagging
A drooping roof is a sign that there is a problem that needs your immediate attention. If you ignore the sagging, there is a chance your roof can collapse. In this case, you will likely bear the full cost of replacement as most insurance companies require that you mitigate damage.
There are a few different reasons that cause a sagging roof, but the common reasons are faulty materials, improper installation of the roof deck, water damage, overbearing weight, poor ventilation that makes the roof deck more susceptible to heat and causing it to form a new shape.
The list could go on, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that it poses an issue. However, it does cause pooling water that leads to leakage and soft spots. When these soft spots arise, it could be cause for concern
Soft spots aren’t that much of a big deal, at least not big enough to be the cause of a full roof replacement, but it could also be a disaster waiting to happen. With all that said, it’s not something that you should ignore, especially since if you’ve identified one soft spot, you’ll likely find more.
A leak is a visible sign for roof troubles. Once you notice leakage inside your house, it could be a sign of cracked tiles or shingles, or a damaged flashing – both of which requires immediate roof repair.
Ignoring a minor leak or delaying on resolving the issue can be tempting, especially when this is only one of the endless other problems in your home. However, small leaks won’t heal themselves. Instead, they’ll likely get worse the longer they’re ignored.
There are several dangers a leaky roof can pose if left untreated. When the moisture bleeds into the layers of your roof, it will eventually lead to rot and mold.
Mold or Fungi Growth
Moss readily grows in roof shingles, especially in spaces between shingles where the spores collect. In a wet climate can grow a few inches thick which might seem harmless, but moss can act like a sponge. It soaks up and stores rainwater and moisture.
When the water is stored, it can find its way underneath the shingles and through the underlayment. Eventually, it can head straight through the wooden roof deck. If left untreated, the moss growth will spread to ceiling and walls, which can become extremely costly to repair.
Spotting mold or fungi is simple. As long as you find unsightly and dark marks on the surface of your roof, you’ll be able to find organic growth. There is no way to protect your roofing system from mold, but there are plenty of easy fixes to stop their further growth.
You can clean off molds by purchasing moss-killing chemicals in liquid, granule or powder form. Moss can also be brushed off the roof. However, if you’re not comfortable with going up the roof, you can also hire professionals to do this work for you.
Asphalt shingles are topped with tiny granules that serve as protection against UV rays, provides fire-resistance, resist algae growth, and add color to the shingles.
A new roof often loss granules if they weren’t completely adhered to the shingles. While this can be concerning, granules falling off the shingles and collecting on the ground or in your gutters is typical for new roofs.
Shingles also shed their granules as they reach the end of their life due to exposure to UV rays and other elements. Bald shingles leave them defenseless against the sun; it could make you vulnerable to leaks and lead to an even earlier deterioration of the shingles’ integrity. It could also be a sign of more underlying issues or the need to replace your roof. Either way, letting the problem linger is a big no-no.
Determining if your shingles are wearing off from the ground can be challenging. To find granule loss, check your gutters if they have accumulated granules from your shingles since this is where granules end up after being washed away by the rain.
If you notice a problem, don’t hesitate in calling the trusty roofing contractors at Fahey Roofing + Contracting to help with necessary roof repairs and replacement. Check out our residential and commercial roof repair services on our website or contact us at (304) 826-1333 to learn more.