Ghosts, ghouls, and goblins are scary, but have you ever had a hole in your roof? What about a major leak or faulty shingles? Now, those are really scary. Even seemingly small things, like cracks and buckling, can cause serious damage to your roof and your wallet. Don’t let these horrors send you screaming—simply be on the lookout and follow these five tips to know when it’s time to update your roof.
Creepy Curls and Wacky Warping
No matter what type of roof you have, your shingles, tiles, or slate should be as flat as Frankenstien’s haircut. When you begin to see shingles that are curling upward, bending backward, or look more wavy than straight, it may be time for an update. Curls, buckling, bending, and warping can lead to leaks and precipitation sneaking into the wood under your roof, causing deterioration, mold, and weakening the structure of your home.
If you see any of these signs on your roof, don’t run in fear or hide under the bed, call in the professionals (No, not the Ghostbusters, us!) to help you take your roof from weary to strong before any additional damage is done.
Beware Age Spots
Homeowners of big, homeowners of small, beware an aging roof, one and all. While you won’t hear this Halloween-inspired rhyme anywhere but here, it’s definitely worth remembering—nothing is scarier than an old roof. Why? As your roof ages, the likelihood of damage increases exponentially.
But just like wiley witches, who can make themselves appear younger, not all aging roofs are easy to detect. Keep an eye out for missing shingles—even a few can lead to a large issue; if you have asphalt shingles, look out for bare panels, shingles losing girt, granules piling up in your gutters, or lose/torn shingles. These minor flaws can lead to holes, weather damage, and turn your roof into a terror.
Roof valleys are the spaces where two slopes meet. They match your roof but aren’t always what they appear to be. When your valleys are damaged, they can suck water right into them, leading to leaks and deterioration under your roof and into your attic or walls. It’s not always easy to know when there’s damage, so be aware of water piling up in these areas, watch your ceilings and attic for leaks or drips after severe storms, and be sure to call a professional to help you drain any damage that may have already been caused.
Nightmares in Daylight
Usually, the things that go bump in the night go away when the sun comes up—but what if the problem is the light? If you happen to see light coming through your attic boards, this is a sign your roof needs to be updated—fast. Strips of light means your shingles are weak enough to have cracked and are likely actively spreading even further apart. Beyond light and air entering your home, these cracks mean water has easy access to wreak havoc on your attic, and potentially the spaces below it if your leaks are bad enough.
Prevent severe damage to your home by taking care of these daytime horrors when they begin. Otherwise, you may cause a much worse nightmare.
Tap, Tap, Tap…
Did you hear that?! Tapping sounds coming from the ceiling or attic are an indication of a leak or precipitation forming from the outside in. When your roof is riddled with cracks, tears, or bald shingles, rain and snow can cause water to seep into your paneling underneath, which eventually will get into your home. Additionally, condensation can form when roofs aren’t properly installed and insulated. If you start to see droplets forming or your ceilings or walls begin to swell, call a professional immediately to look into the issue and update your roof before bigger, scarier problems arise.
This Halloween season—all seasons—pay attention to your roof and give it the attention it needs to remain strong and reliable. Or else….