Given the necessary care and maintenance, your roof is likely to give you peace of mind for up to 20 years or more. The trick is to identify any potential problem immediately before it gets serious. Neglecting your roof will cost you more when you can no longer ignore the issues that have to be fixed.
To keep your roof in good shape, perform an inspection (in the attic and on the roof itself) at least twice a year – before and after the winter months.
Some roofing issues are easier to spot than others. Be thankful for the ones you can see at once; they’re trying to tell you something and you need to pay attention. Here are some of those signs:
Your Ceiling Has Water Spots
This means your roof is leaking somewhere. You can spot the leak if you get in your attic, but if the leak is small, it may not be that easy to see. A professional can do a better job. As for the mark on your ceiling, you can’t be sure that the water hasn’t reached other parts of your house. It’s best to call a professional to assess the water damage in your Salt Lake City home. The state has plenty of service providers who can do a good job of finding and correcting the problem before it gets worse.
Your Walls Have Water Damage
This may be caused by the same leak that has marked your ceiling, but it may also mean the flashing is loose somewhere along your roof. Calling the same water damage experts can correct the ugly marks and other damages, and asking your contractor to fix or replace the flashing can solve the problem.
Granules in Your Downspouts
This means your gutters are probably full of granules, too. The loose granules indicate that your shingles are about to reach the end of their lifespan, so it’s best to start calculating the cost of a new roof. When the granules start running off the shingles, it won’t be long before they start to crack.
Shingles Have Dark Stains
Water stains may be a result of algae growth. A fungicide or zinc strip at the roof ridge can wash and kill the algae when it rains. There are algae-resistant shingles you may want to use when you finally replace your roof.
Missing shingles are a common problem after strong winds or bad weather. During a calm weather, however, a missing shingle probably means there is an animal that’s causing damage to your roof.
Knowing is half the battle. So know what the signs you see on your roof mean and you may be able to identify the solution more quickly.