As time and weather do their work on a roof, there are many signs that you can watch out for that will reveal problem areas from the outside of the structure. Some are subtle and need close inspection while others are pretty obvious, such as missing shingles. Keeping a watchful eye on the components of your roof will help to ensure that your structure remains weatherproof and sturdy for as long as possible!
One of the clearest signs that your roof needs attention is damage to roofing shingles. This type of damage can often be spotted fairly easily and can vary greatly by the type of damage. Shingles could be cracking, rotting, buckling, lifting, or cupping, among other things. Asphalt shingles are the most affordable and therefore most common roofing material that you will find on roof replacements and new homes. Over time, the shingles will submit to climate wear and need to be replaced — it’s just part of the deal. But as they age can, keeping an eye on them can help to avoid water damage to the structure underneath the shingles. Take up the habit of noticing what’s going on with your roof by walking the perimeter of your home and examining the shingles from the ground. If the structure is two-story, it may be more difficult to spot damage; you might consider a roof inspection instead of climbing up onto the roof yourself. A roofing inspection performed by a professional is the best option, as the inspector will know exactly what they are looking for. They will be able to assess what caused the problem, how to fix it, and how to help avoid it happening again.
Another piece of the roofing structure that often ends up with damage is the flashing. Flashing is usually made of thin metal, but can also be made of other materials. Check the flashing around the edges of dormers, chimneys, pipes, ridges, skylights, or other places where there has been a joint or an opening made in the roof. The flashing could be rusted, cracked, bent, have small holes, or be missing altogether! This protective element of the roof is not to be overlooked when checking for roof damage and should always receive attention.
Shingles and flashing are just a couple of pieces of the larger picture when assessing roof conditions, so it’s always best to consult a professional! Select Roofing Contractors operates in the Northern Front Range of Colorado and Wyoming, working with the experience and knowledge to get the job done right. Call us today for a free estimate on your residential roofing project!