It’s always nice to have a roof over your head, as the old saying goes. Sometimes we don’t think about roof maintenance until it’s too late. Without the proper steps, a simple leak can turn into a big problem with your roof.
Roofs can often fail resulting from simple natural wear and tear. Even if you have been doing regular maintenance on your roof, if replacing an old roof is delayed, bigger problems could happen in the future with the structure of your home. There are some warning signs that you should look out for so you know when your roof needs attention. Some signs that your roof may need to be replaced are:
Shingles are Curled or Cupped
When the edges of a shingle are curled up, it could cause water and debris to get under the shingle and into the roof. This will result in a weakened roof.
“Bald” Spots On The Roof Appear
If there’s parts of the roof where the granules are missing, it may be time for a new roof. These spots could cause leaks and even eventually cave in. Sometimes the fix could be as simple as changing a few shingles. Other times, the entire roof may need to be replaced.
Cracked Shingles Appear
Shingles are manufactured for durability. However, if your roof is not properly ventilated, or if debris is not cleared from the roof, it can impact the life of your roof, causing cracked shingles. Cracked shingles are an obvious sign that your roof needs attention.
Moss Is Growing On The Roof
If your roof doesn’t get much sunlight, moss can grow on the roof. More than a cosmetic issue, moss holds moisture on the roof’s surface. When this moss and held moisture freezes, this can cause damage to the shingles and the granules themselves.
The problem with moss is that brushing it off won’t prevent it from growing again. A professional roofing contractor may need to be contacted in this case to get rid of the moss for good.
Your Neighbors Are Having Their Roofs Replaced
Neighborhoods are generally built around the same time. If your neighbors are beginning to have work done on their roofs, it’s a good bet that you might need some work done on your roof as well. Also, since neighbors’ homes will suffer the same conditions as your home, your roofs could be in similar conditions.
Your Roof Has Dark Streaks
Algae in the air cause streaks to form on roofs and decks. This is more of a cosmetic issue at first. These algae streaks can be removed using a 50:50 mix of water and bleach which can be sprayed directly on the roof. Don’t use a pressure washer. Instead use a low grade garden hose. This will keep the protective granules in tact. Keep in mind to protect your landscaping from bleach run off as well.