How to Recognize a Damaged Roof Before It’s Too Late

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We know that you’ve taken great care to maintain your home to the best of your abilities.

You water your lawn, repaint your walls, and check your HVAC systems.

However, what are you forgetting?

In many cases, it’s the very roof that’s over your head. As long as your roof doesn’t have a huge hole in it, you’re likely to take it for granted. The unfortunate reality is that most people don’t stop to consider the signs of a damaged roof until it’s too late.

They end up spending far more on the costs of repairs and maintenance — and in some cases, total replacement — than they would have if they’d paid attention earlier.

So, what are the biggest signs that something isn’t quite right with your home’s roof?

Read on to find out the main signs of a damaged roof.

1. Your Energy Bills Have Skyrocketed

One of the first signs that you certainly have a damaged roof on your hands?

If you’ve noticed that your energy bills have gone, well, through the roof.

This happens because your air conditioning and/or heater need to overcompensate for the air that is escaping through your roof. While these higher energy bills could also certainly be due to a faulty HVAC system, in some cases, there are holes or gaps in the roof that you’re not aware of.

If you’ve had your HVAC unit inspected because of high heating and cooling costs, you should also take the time to have your roof inspected.

Not only will your bills be lowered, but you’ll also address potentially serious roof damage problems before they get worse.

2. Your Chimney Flashing Is Failing

Another place to look if you suspect you have a damaged roof?

Believe it or not, your chimney can hold just as many clues as the roof itself.

Take a look at the flashing surrounding your chimney. The flashing is the material that prevents water from getting in between your roof and your chimney. There are lots of different types of flashing and depending on the material you use, you may be more likely to develop a problem.

This is especially common in the winter season when the weight of the snow can sometimes damage the flashing and even the chimney itself.

If your flashing is made out of tar, it’s a smarter move to take the time to upgrade to metal flashing. The metal will do a much better job of not only keeping water out, but protecting your roof and chimney from becoming damaged.

3. You Can See Light In Your Attic

If you suspect that you have a damaged roof, the attic is one of the first places that you should go in order to accurately assess the situation.

For best results, we suggest heading up to your attic early in the morning.

This way, you’ll be able to tell a if light is leaking through gaps and holes in your roof. In most cases, fixing this problem will require a simple replacement of a few shingles.

However, especially because of the potential danger of climbing up onto a roof that may not be structurally sound, we recommend that you don’t try to replace the shingles on your own.

Plus, you likely won’t purchase the correct type of shingles that you need — meaning you’ll end up spending more money in the long run.

Always hire a professional roofing company to do these sorts of repairs.

4. Your Attic Is Leaking

A leaking in your attic sealing is usually one of the most recognizable signs of a damaged roof.

If you spot stains on your attic ceilings, walls, or especially in the corners of your attic?

It’s likely that your roof is in need of repair. In some cases, all this indicates is that you need to replace the flashing of your roof. However, it may also be a sign of more serious damage, such as the presence of mildew and mold.

Remember, a damaged roof isn’t just unsightly.

If left unchecked, it can cause serious potential damage to your family’s health.

According to data gathered by the CDC, the presence of mold and mildew in your home can cause increased asthma symptoms, difficulty breathing, and even severe respiratory issues.

Especially if you have children or elderly people in your home, you need to take this kind of roof damage seriously.

Nothing is worth potentially compromising your health.

5. Your Shingles Are Damaged

Another huge sign of a damaged roof?

If you’ve noticed that your shingles are starting to curl up underneath themselves.

You may also realize that your shingles have smaller cracks in them, or that some of them seem to have fallen off of your roof completely!

Keep in mind that shingle damage may be hard to spot with an untrained eye. For best results, we suggest having a professional inspect your roof about once every two to three years (or after a more severe storm.)

Another sign of roof damage when it comes to your shingles?

You may notice that they look especially filthy, or that they’ve seriously darkened in color. This could be a sign of sun damage, which can happen over time. However, especially if your shingles seem to be wet for a long period after a storm?

It’s likely that moisture from the rain has actually gotten trapped up underneath the shingles themselves.

If you notice any of these issues with your shingles, get in touch with a roofing professional as soon as you can.

6. Your Gutters Aren’t Functioning

Most people might not think to look to their gutters for a sign of a damaged roof.

However, have you noticed that your gutters haven’t been able to properly drain the water away from your home recently? Have you realized that your gutters are actually pulling away from the side of your home?

If so, then you may have a damaged roof on your hands.

This happens because you likely haven’t taken proper care of your gutters, especially in terms of cleaning them out.

Over time, the debris within your gutters builds up and begins to pull on your home’s siding. It can even impact the overall structural integrity of your roof. Not only is this bad for your roof, it will also wreck havoc on your landscape!

However, sometimes the debris that gets trapped in your gutters is actually the shingle granules from your roof! This is a sign that it’s time to have your roof replaced.

So, in addition to doing a visual inspection of your gutters after every rainstorm, always make regular gutter maintenance a part of your routine. If you notice that you’re cleaning out more shingle granules than usual, it’s time to call in a professional.

7. Your Wallpaper Is Peeling

So far in this post, we’ve spoken about the importance of checking your attic ceiling and shingles for more visible signs of a damaged roof.

However, so many people are so focused on looking at their attics, ceilings, and shingles that they forget about another telltale sign of a problem.

If you notice that the paint or the wallpaper on your home’s walls has started to warp, bubble, or even just peel off?

This is a sign that something likely isn’t right with your roof. There’s a possibility that you have leaks and holes that have now gotten so large that they’re beginning to warp the walls of your home.

If you notice this, it’s a serious sign that your home’s overall structure has been compromised. We strongly suggest that you start looking for a roofing contractor as soon as possible.

8. Your Roof Is Sagging

Have you noticed that your roof has started to slope downwards recently — and we don’t mean architecturally?

A roof that seems to sag in the middle is an obvious sign of a damaged roof. Often, it’s also an indication that the boards underneath your roof have started to rot. You may even have damage from termites, rats, and other pests.

Again, both because of the health issues surrounding rodents and bugs as well as the speed with which they can cause a serious problem, it’s important that you act as quickly as you can. There might also be massive amounts of moisture trapped up underneath your shingles.

To give your roof a quick visual inspection for the most obvious signs of sloping? Take a look at the lowest point of your roof. If you notice any pitching or slanting, it’s time for you to get in touch with a professional roofing company.

9. It’s Just Time For A Roof Replacement

Sometimes, there may not be any outward signs of a damaged roof at all.

However, just because you can’t see the structural problems within your roof, doesn’t mean that they don’t exist.

Remember that most professionals suggest replacing your roof about once every 25 years. However, the material that your roof is made of will have a direct influence on its overall lifespan.

For example, if you’ve installed a slate or tile roof, they may be able to last you about 40-50 years. If your roof is made from asphalt and shingles, in general, they need to be replaced about once every 20 years. If you have a wooden shake roof, you’ll need to get a new roof after about 30 years.

Of course, it’s important to keep in mind that your overall climate will impact the lifespan of your roof. If you live in an area with a high amount of wind and rain (or if you’ve suffered from a more severe storm or hurricane) you may need to act more quickly.

Understanding Roofing Warranties

When you’re ready to replace your roof — especially if you’ve suffered from roof damage before the average lifespan of the roof has ended?

We know you’re concerned about the financial side of things.

Be aware that you may be eligible to have part of the roofing costs covered underneath the warranty of your old roof. In general, you’ll need to examine two separate warranties.

The first deals with the warranty associated with the materials that were used to construct your roof. The second warranty you’ll need to consider is regarding the actual installation/repair work on the roof itself.

Especially if you’re buying a home, make sure that you speak to the previous homeowners about any warranties associated with the roof work. Also, be sure to ask for a copy of any warranties that they have.

Finally, when you’re considering working with a roofing company, always take the time to do your research. Ask for references, to see copies of licenses, and ask plenty of questions about the type of insurance the company has.

Have You Spotted These Signs Of A Damaged Roof In Your Home?

We hope that this post has helped you to get a better understanding of some of the main signs of a damaged roof.

Remember that it’s important to always keep your eyes out for things like damaged shingles, signs of water leaking into your attic ceiling, and even higher than average energy bills.

Above all, make sure to address these problems as soon as possible to prevent them from getting out of control.

Keep in mind that the overall quality of the roofing contractors and companies that you hire makes all the difference in the world.

When you’re ready to get the best possible service, we invite you to spend some more time on our website to learn about the many ways in which we can help you.

Whether you need commercial or residential roofing work done, rely on us. Contact us to get started today.