Many homeowners are caught off guard by seasonal weather changes that can cause water leaks in their homes. Oftentimes, homeowners are unaware that their roof is damaged until it is too late. Fortunately, there are some good ways to identify a damaged or worn down roof so that it can be repaired or replaced in a timely manner. Here are some common signs to look for from Essex County roofers without even setting foot on the roof.
From a distance, it should be possible to identify missing or loose shingles. If there are patches where the shingles have lifted up or are hanging out of place, that is a sure sign that the underlining of the roof is getting worn down. In many cases, the shingles will begin to curl upward at the corners and peel away from their tar strips. Having all of the shingles in place and securely fastened down is the only way to ensure that water and debris are not making their way into the house.
If there are large patches of discoloration of the shingles, there may be mold and mildew present beneath the surface.
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This means that water has been trapped beneath the shingles and that with the heat of the sun, has started microbial growth. Mold and mildew can be dangerous, and should be treated appropriately. The damage may even extend to the plywood underneath or into the attic space.
In addition, if there appear to be uneven or sagging places along the roof, it may also be caused by damaged plywood. This means that the underlining of the roof has already been penetrated by water, and that the plywood has been absorbing the moisture. In fact, there is probably water already leaking into the attic at this point, even if it has not made itself visible yet. This will require significant work to replace all of the damaged plywood and lay new lining and shingles over the top. Again, with this amount of damage, there is also a high risk of mold and mildew present inside the house.
By taking a slow walk around the house from a distance and examining the roof for these telltale signs of damage, homeowners may be able to save themselves further damage and expenses by installing a new roof before it gets worse. Even without an in depth knowledge of roofing, most people can complete these inspections on their own, and contact a roofing professional if they believe they have a serious problem.