How Do You Know When Your Roof Has Problems?
The last thing a homeowner needs to experience is roof problems.
We pretty much take the roof over our head for granted, and don’t think too much about it unless it starts failing.
We depend on it and expect it to protect us from outside elements.
We don’t have to think too much about extreme sun, snow or rain because we have a roof!
It would probably be wise to check it once in a while, clean in periodically and do the minor repairs that it may need to keep it from having problems.
What to look for when inspecting the roof
- Begin by checking for missing tiles and replace as needed.
- Check the condition of the tiles, looking for shingles that are cracked, warped or buckled.
- Any that you find should be replaced so they continue to protect the materials beneath them, keeping your entire roof intact.
- Check for tiles that are slipping.
- If they can’t be put back into place, they should be replaced to prevent moisture from getting in.
- Check the flashings.
- These can be found around duct work, pipes and chimneys.
- Flashing that can be lifted up and is not secure will allow moisture and debris to enter and compromise the roof.
Check the attic
The attic is one of the most important and most overlooked places to check for roof problems.
The attic is where you will be able to see your roof’s structure. You can check the trusses and braces for damage caused from water, moisture and heat. You should also check for stress cracks and splinters in the beams.
One important problem to check for in your attic is roof condensation.
This condition occurs as the home heats up during the day, then cools down at night, the attic maintains the heat from the day. That heat is trapped in the cavity between the roof and the insulation. The hot air increases the evaporation of the moisture in the air and condensation occurs.
Another cause of condensation build up in the attic comes from ice dams, which can be caused when you have icicle build up around your eaves in the winter.
As the warm air from your attic melts the snow on your roof, the melted snow runs down to the eaves and gutters where it refreezes and creates icicles and an ice dam can be formed.
If conditions are right, water can pool and backup behind the dam, travel under the shingles and leak into the attic.
If you have ever watched the condensation on a cold glass of water, you will remember that as the condensation increases and builds, it begins to drip. This can happen in your attic.
If you think you might have problems with your roof and it needs repair or replacement give us a call for a free estimate.