It’s important to catch the signs that your roof is failing before more major issues occur. Having your roof collapse would be disastrous! Here are some clear things to keep your eye on:
- Leaks: If leaks are found in the attic at any time, it is most likely caused by roof damage. Leakage after a windy storm can indicate deteriorated flashing or inadequate shingle underlayment. Inadequate shingle underlayment will also cause water from ice dams to leak into the attic after an ice build-up. Leaks originating underneath shingles not only cause damage to the roof, but also decay the wood around and underneath the roof. Mold and mildew growth can also result from faulty shingle underlayment, creating health issues for the residents inside.
- Blistering and peeling: Peeling of both interior and exterior paint are further signs that your roof is in distress. Excessive temperatures or high humidity caused from insufficient attic ventilation will often create this sort of damage. Exterior decay of both the sheathing and siding of your house are prime indications of deficient attic ventilation. Oftentimes, the inadequate ventilation will cause your heating/cooling system to run excessively. In warm weather, hot air will become trapped in the attic. The air conditioner will then have to work harder to keep the temperature in the house comfortable. In both hot and cold weather, insufficient attic ventilation may cause moisture in the attic to become trapped and condense onto the rafters. Condensed moisture can drip down onto the insulation and reduce its effectiveness. Excessive energy costs will result. Having proper attic ventilation–such as ridge vents–lessens the likelihood of severe roof damage.
The final indication that your roof is in need of repair or replacement, is the roof visually appearing aged or damaged. Dark, “dirty” areas on your roof will often be a warning of environmental pollutants, growing vegetation upon the roof, or loss of granules due to the age. Missing, cracked, or curled shingles are also signal that your roof is near the end of it’s life.
If you have any of the above mentioned issues, contact Lone-Star Roof Systems, LP. or visit our office today!
1511 South Texas Avenue, #172
College Station, TX 77840
College Station Office
18476 State Highway 6 S.
College Station, TX 77845