Roof Warning Signs
Potential signs of damage you don't want to miss.
Buckling shingles are a sign of a major problem with your roof. It doesn’t matter how old or new your roof is, buckling shingles look like something is underneath the shingles pushing them upward. You also may have curling shingles, where the center of the shingle looks concave and the edges turn up. Both issues are noticeable from ground level and require the attention of a qualified contractor.
Warning sign that there are problems with a roof are missing shingles, exposing the upper portion of the lower course of shingles to the elements. Storms and high winds are usually to blame for this. The missing shingles can allow water to more easily penetrate into the attic. If the roof is in good condition overall it may be possible to replace the section that has been damaged.
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Shingles that are curled on the corners or edge can allow water to penetrate the roof. Curled shingles are often a sign that the roof has reached the end of its lifespan. Curled shingles could also be an indicator that the attic is poorly ventilated causing it to age prematurely.
Cracks in the roof shingles allow an easy entry point for water to penetrate beneath the surface and into the home. Cracks can be caused by high winds, temperature swings, manufacturing defects, and improper installation. If you spot cracks you should consider complete shingle replacement.
The signs of hail damage. Check for missing pieces in the asphalt of the roof. Look for areas on the shingle that have exposed, black substrate. Look for cracking in the shingle. Large hail can make a circular crack if the hail hits it hard enough. Hailstorms cause serious damage to a roof. The impact from a hailstone can bruise and crack roofing shingles, potentially leading to water damage in your home. While you can’t always avoid roof damage from hail, you can help to minimize the extent of damage by detecting problems early, taking action to repair or replace your damaged roof as quickly as possible. Find out what you can do to help protect your roof and home from the potential consequences of hail damage.
Damaged or Missing Flashing
Flashing is a metal or tar strip that prevents water from penetrating cracks, gaps, and valleys in a roof. Flashing is extremely important for preventing water leaks and damage. If you spot flashing that is missing or if you see lifting, separating, gaps or cracks in the flashing a repair is needed. Also look for cracked, dried, or missing caulking that may need to be replaced.
Age and Wear
3-tab asphalt shingle typically last 15-18 years while architectural shingles often last 20-25 years. If the age of your shingles fall into this range it is a warning sign that you should look very closely at the condition and that a replacement may be needed. Look for a worn appearance of the shingles.