A broken or leaky roof could result in severe damages to your entire home. For example, water seeping through roof leaks could damage the walls, the ceilings, and even the foundation of your home and the damp environment could facilitate the growth of mold, moss, mildew, algae, fungus, and other organisms in your home, which could lead to breathing difficulties and many other health problems. It goes without saying that it is important to know the signs of a damaged roof. The followings are the top 10 common signs homeowners should be aware of.
Loose, Missing, or Broken Shingles
Loose, missing, or broken shingles could cause your roof to leak, and water damage could occur. Shingles that get displaced or broken usually due to strong rainstorms or heavy winds can create opportunities for leaks in your roof. Keep an eye out for damaged shingles after a storm.
If water leaks occur in your attic or in the room under the attic space after raining, they may be caused by the porous underlayment of the roof. Water leaking could facilitate mold to grow in your home in as fast as 48 hours, so it’s important to get leaks repaired as soon as you notice them.
Staining on Walls or Interior Ceilings
In general, rainwater can accumulate under the shingles on your roof if they are not properly sealed, which makes them curled, cracked, and blistered. Then, the underlayment of your roof allows the moisture to get into your home, and it leads to water stains. If you notice water stains you should have your roof inspected right away.
Dark, Dirty, or Wet Shingles
If you notice your shingles appear dark or wet, they may be retaining water. If shingles are properly protecting your roof they don’t keep moisture after rain, no matter how heavy. If they are holding moisture, there is likely an issue beneath them affecting your roof.
Shingle Granules in the Gutters
The composite or asphalt shingles used on many residential homes usually shed their granules as they begin to wear out. Then, these granules, one way or another, always find a way to flow into your gutters. This is a sign your shingles are old and will probably need to be replaced soon.
When the metal flashing material becomes cracked or bent, you’ll need to have it repaired. In general, it is caused by improper installation or by the cracking and drying on an older roof.
Deteriorated Objects or Openings in the Roof
Chimneys, pipes, vents, and other objects penetrating your roof are usually the places where the deterioration of the roof begins to develop. Keep an eye on these areas or have them professionally inspected if you suspect there’s an issue developing.
Outside Light in Your Attic
Where light comes into your attic, so can water. If you notice outside light in your attic where there definitely shouldn’t be, you should have your roof inspected and repaired immediately.
If you hear the sound of dripping water in your home after rain and determine that the source isn’t a faucet or other normal water source in your home, then you may need to call a professional roofer to inspect your roof.
Higher Energy Bills
If your energy bills suddenly increase for cooling or heating, your cool or the hot air may be leaking out through the roof. At the very least, your attic insulation may need to be updated.
Experiencing one of the issues above, or another problem with your roof? Contact Cox Brothers Roofing of Victoria to learn how we can help today.
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You’re always in good hands at Cox Brothers Roofing. We take pride in always maintaining high-quality craftsmanship and materials in order to give you the best roofs and roof repairs in South Texas. Our team includes not only experienced roofers, but also insurance experts who specialize in assisting with homeowner’s insurance claims for roof repair and replacement. We strive for excellence in every step of serving our customers and ensure that your roof will last you for years to come.