If you think that your roof is compromised, you should take action immediately and call a trusted, reputable roofing contractor. Your roof the most important part of your home because it protects against the elements, keeps the home’s foundation sound and all of your belongings indoors dry. Learn what steps you may need to take to protect your roof.
Perform an Inspection
Following a major storm or bi-annually, go outside and inspect your roof from the ground. If it has storm damage, you’ll probably to see missing shingles or find a few missing shingles on your or your neighbors property. You might also see shingles on the roof that are flapping in the wind, partially detached from the roof or buckled from the roof. Your roof could have loose flashing too. This type of roof damage is caused by powerful wind gusts.
Search for Shingle Debris
If your shingles are degrading, it may be time to replace the roof. If your roof is 10-15 years old, or if you don’t know how old the roof is we recommend calling us to have a free roof inspection where we can help determine how much life your roof has left in it. When aged shingles are in poor shape, they will shed granules. You might find these granules inside of your gutters or on the ground by the downspouts. In most cases, you can catch shingle-related problems early if you understand the three stages of shingle deterioration. There is an incipient, accelerating, decelerating stage.
Incipient Deterioration: Incipient deterioration will start immediately after your shingles are exposed to air, heat, or pressure. There is no way to prevent incipient deterioration because the weather can be very unpredictable. If you have asphalt shingles, they will undergo chemical changes over the years.
Accelerating Deterioration: During this stage, the shingles on a roof will have pronounced damage. You’ll see random gaps and cracks in different spots. If you don’t take action, the bond between the flaps and granules will continue to degrade, and the entire system will absorb a lot of moisture.
Decelerating Deterioration: When the shingles reach this stage, they’re basically raw, and they will have no protective properties. This is a dangerous and costly stage, which is why you must strive to avoid it. At this point, you’ll have to schedule a roof replacement.
Scout the Area Around the Skylights and Chimney
In some situations, a roof might have undetectable flaws that could cause moisture damage. You may or may not need a roof replacement in these situations. For example, the bricks on your chimney might suddenly shift, or the flashing could shift away from the skylights. We recommend checking the attic or area near the area to see if you have a leak. If you can’t access the area please call your Columbus Roofing Professionals at Best Exteriors, Inc. for a free inspection.
Look for Signs of Sagging on the Roof
The surfaces on a roof should never sag. If your roof is sagging, its integrity has been compromised and it will look wavy. The roof shingles telegraph what is happening underneath them so if the decking is compromised or the attic ventilation is not balanced in all likelihood you’ll need a roof replacement.
Your trusted local, professional roofing contractor in Columbus Ohio is here to give your home the BEST!
Are you concerned about your roof getting through this winter? Your roof is your first line of defense against weather damage and all that mother nature throws at us in Central Ohio. A healthy, strong roof will increase your home’s value and curb appeal, and it will keep your possessions safe and dry throughout the years.
We don’t take the responsibility of working on your home or business lightly, we invite you to trust Best Exteriors, Inc. for residential and commercial roofing & gutter services. Give us a call at (614) 964-BEST or toll free 1-844-865-BEST You can also fill out our contact form to schedule a free consultation!