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Damaged Roof: Know The Signs

Owning a home comes with many responsibilities. One of those responsibilities is roof repair and replacement. Unfortunately, no roof is guaranteed to last a lifetime. In fact, the longest roofing materials are guaranteed to last is about 50 years. There are many factors that can shorten the life of a roof. These factors include poor maintenance, long-term exposure to the elements, lots of snow, strong winds, and natural disasters. Whatever the case may be, it is crucial that you know the signs of a damaged roof. These signs are listed in the article below.

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One of the first signs of a damaged roof is leaking. When the roofing materials are damaged, it will leave the attic and other parts of the home exposed to the elements. A damaged roof is not sealed, so it will not be able to protect your home from element exposure. When it rains, water will penetrate into the layers of the roof and eventually into your attic. Small leaks may not be noticed at first because the water will dry up before it can penetrate into the ceiling tiles.

Water Stains On Ceiling

A leaky roof will eventually lead to water stains that form on ceiling tiles. This is a sure sign that your roof needs to be repaired. Depending on how bad the damage is, you may need to have the entire roof replaced. Contact a professional licensed roof contractor as soon as you see the water stains on your ceiling. If you delay action, the problem will only continue to escalate until it damages the interior of your home.

Aging Roof

While not a sign, the age of your roof can determine if it needs to be replaced. As mentioned above, most roofing materials will not last longer than 50 years. For example, roofing shingles have a guaranteed lifespan of about 20 years and metal for about 45 years. Once your roof reaches its maximum life, it will be time to have it replaced. While some homeowners tend to delay the replacement as long as possible, it may not be in your best interest to do the same. The longer you wait to have your roof replaced, the higher the risk of problems developing.

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Missing Granules

Asphalt shingles are coated with granules. The purpose of the granules is to make the shingles more durable. Unfortunately, long-term exposure to UV rays, water, moisture, dust, wind, snow, and sleet will eventually lead to missing granules. The granules will wash away, down into your gutters. When you conduct your annual roofing inspection be sure to inspect your gutters. If there is a lot of black granules lying in your gutters, some of your asphalt shingles may be bare.

Damage To Roof Valley

The area on the roof where the planes meet is known as a “valley”. These areas are notable for water runoff, which will result in permanent damage. It is also notable for harboring debris from trees and tall brush. Your roof should be replaced with the valley becomes damaged beyond repair. Have your roofing contractor inspect these areas very closely for damage.

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