More often than not, you’d know your roof is in dire need of repair when you catch it leaking water into your home. However, the absence of leaking water into your home doesn’t necessarily mean there’s no leak. Not all roof problems are easily noticeable, yet they can cause serious damage if allowed to persist. To avoid experiencing rain inside your home, keep an eye on these alarming causes for concern:
1. Worn-Out Pieces of Flashing
Flashing is any piece of metal used to cover every intersection or projection in your roofing system. It’s only purpose is to waterproof the most vulnerable areas to water seepage, including valleys, chimneys and vent pipes. Tar is its popular sealant, which generally deteriorates faster than the roof material itself.
At Carolina Gutter Helmet and More, cracked flashing is the first thing we check when inspecting roofs. If you have 20/20 vision, you might be able to see any broken roof flashing from the street.
2. Shingle Defects
Asphalt shingles cover most of your roof. They are nailed to stay in place amid high winds and have protective granules to protect their layers of materials against damaging ultraviolet radiation. When they deform in any way, their ability to weatherproof your home will be diminished. Cracking, curling and balding are some of the most common red flags that indicate shingle failure.
Some problems are also homeowner-inflicted. Untrained DIY repairs or gutter installation often compromise the structural integrity of shingles, usually due to a lack of technical expertise. This is why you should always hire pros to perform repairs and install gutter covers.
3. Water Stains
There’s no subtlety about water streaks. When you notice unsightly spots anywhere on the ceiling or walls, it means the rain and snowmelt aren’t traveling the way they’re supposed to. Wet spots point to water leakage.
4. Rays of Light in the Attic
When the sun is able to pass through your roof boards the rain, cold air and snow can do the same. If you can see the sky from your attic, the elements could easily get into your interior.
Keep your roof leak-free to extend the life of your siding, windows and the rest of your exterior. Contact Carolina Gutter Helmet and More for your roof inspection and free estimate. We’ll be happy to schedule your appointment in Columbia, Greenville, or Spartanburg, SC, at the most convenient date and time for you.