Like the foundation, roofing repair and maintenance are essential to the construction of a home. Without proper maintenance, leaks can spread and cause damage to ceilings and drywall. Left unsolved, roof problems can cause harm to drywall, ceilings, and flooring as water leaks through. It is essential to know the condition of your roof.
Calling a professional is the best way to gain a full understanding of the problems and solutions for your situation. California Roofs and Solar offers a variety of solutions for roof issues, and we provide roofing services in Sacramento, Fresno, and surrounding areas.
If you choose to go it on your own, here are a few things to look out for.
1. Granule Loss
With age, roofs begin to degrade in quality. It may be difficult to determine the age of your roof if the house was bought with little background information. Monitor roof quality by checking for loose granules or shingle wear to determine the best solution.
2. Missing Shingles
Missing shingles are a clear sign that a roof needs repair or replacement. Strong winds, ice, and consistent weathering loosen the nails, which lead to loose or missing shingles.
3. Water stains on roof decking
Check for water stains on the underside of the roof by climbing into the attic. Water stains indicate a leak that could eventually spread to ceilings and drywall.
4. Shingle pops
Similar to wind and storm damage, hail causes shingles to pop and become uneven to the rest of the roof. However, hot weather and poor ventilation can cause blistering that also leads to shingle pops. These are weak areas of the roof and should be remedied quickly so that water stains and leaks don’t occur.
5. Check Around Protrusions
Protrusions, such as vent stacks and chimneys, are obstacles to roof shingles. When first applied, caulking or flashing is added to seal the shingles. However, age, improper application, and weathering can all weaken the seals. An object is only as strong as its weakest link, so be sure to check the areas around protrusions more frequently when monitoring roof damage.
6. Roof age
Roofs are not designed to last forever. When purchasing a home, attempt to get information about the roof age if possible. Call a professional for a full analysis and keep up to date on any repairs done to your roof. Keeping a log of roof repair or replacement is the best way to know if an investment in roof repair is needed.