Our roofs are not often seen that’s why we don’t always know when it’s having problems. We will only notice it once it’s too obvious. Here are some warnings that you should be aware of to prevent further damages to your roof.
- There are water spots on the ceiling. If you can see water spots on the ceilings and if the damage appears or gets worse after rain, the problem is most likely the flashing of the roof. Replacing step flashing can be tough, because it is not integrated with the roof and adjacent siding, so hire a pro to tackle this job and stop the leak. Roofers in Stoke on Trent says that another problem might be that the two siding materials butt together and leave gaps. Lastly it might just be your windows leaking.
- If you can see cracking shingles. Cracking shingles are another symptom of the same problem. Perhaps you didn’t notice the granules washing away, but if you see signs of cracking in your shingles, then it probably mean they are being exposed to direct sunlight and are wearing out. They are near the end of their usage because asphalt shingles cannot stand so much heat. But again, check whether your shingles are warrantied, especially if they’re not supposed to be near the end of their lifespan and you’re already seeing cracks nonetheless.
- You can see black stains on the roof. Although this looks ugly, it doesn’t create other problems with the roof. It just affects the look of your roof. Do not clean it with a power washer because it will take off the granules of the roof. Placing zinc strips near the ridge of the roof that release a fungicide when it rains can kill the algae. Roofers Stoke on Trent says that you can simply replace your existing shingles with algae-resistant ones the next time you reroof.
- There are missing shingles. You might have an animal getting on your roof, or the sealant strip under the shingles may have been damaged. A furry animal scurrying around on your roof could be responsible for loose or damaged shingles. If tree branches are near or touching the roof, they can provide a pathway for animals. So have the trimmed back. Shingles have a sealant on their underside that helps hold the shingles in place. If the shingles become old and brittle, the sealant can fail and the shingles, even when nailed down properly, can come loose in severe winds. And when a good wind comes by, they can knock them off.
- The shingles are cupping. When shingles get old and worn out, the ends sometimes start to cup, the corners turn up or the shingles look wavy. An attic that’s not vented properly can worsen this problem. If the attic gets too hot, it can heat up the roof, which consequently heats up the underside of the shingles. The heat can cause the shingles to age faster and start to cup. Eventually, that can allow wind-blown rain to work its way under the shingles and leak into the house.
You can always have your roof repairs Stafford checked by a local roof expert to prevent further damages or if you already want it repaired.