A simple way to know it’s time for a roof inspection is based on the age of your roof. Make sure you keep records of its history like all the times it’s been replaced, repaired, and/or inspected. An asphalt shingle roof can last for decades, but it’s important to get an inspection at least once a year, especially if it’s over 20 years old.
If you spot shingle granules in your gutters, it’s definitely time for an inspection. Most people compare the texture and look of shingle granules to coarse sand. It’s most often found while cleaning the gutters and is a sign that your shingles will start cracking, blistering, or curling soon.
MISSING OR DAMAGED SHINGLES
Coming home to shingles laying on your lawn? Missing or damaged shingles are one of the main ways to know it’s time for a roof inspection and most likely a repair or replacement as well. When shingles are missing or damaged, your property is then exposed to water damage which decreases the integrity of your roof.
CRACKING, LEANING, MISSING MORTAR
Your roof may be unstable if the mortar is leaning, cracking, or missing. In proper condition, mortar should be solid and uniform. If not, it’s time for an inspection.
PEELING PAINT ON THE ROOFLINE
If you’ve noticed your paint starting to blister, peel off, and look rough along the edges of your roofline, it probably means there’s humidity build-up. This results from poor ventilation from the attic or roof and can worsen in stormy weather. If you spot this sign, don’t let your roof suffer anymore – call and get an inspection.
EVIDENCE OF LEAKING IN YOUR ATTIC
One of the more obvious signs you should schedule a roof inspection ASAP is if you find a leak in your attic. Look out for stains, mildew, or mold growing on your ceilings in your attic. If damp air isn’t being vented properly, it can lead to roof instability. Stains are signs of roof damage that leaves your attic exposed to outside conditions.
DISCOLORED OR CRACKED INTERIOR DRYWALL
A leaky roof that needs to be repaired can often lead to discoloration and cracks in drywall. So when you notice a small crack inside your home’s drywall or any discoloration, remember a root cause can be coming from above. Before you tear out the drywall or replace it, make sure to get an expert roofer to come inspect the roof to assess the situation.
Mother Nature can cause major problems for any and all roofs, especially ones that aren’t annually inspected. If you experience large amounts of wind, hail, and rain, you should get an inspection as soon as possible. Even if you don’t see any obvious damage, it’s important to be proactive as some damage is internal, not cosmetic, and can grow over time. Don’t compromise the integrity of your roof after a major storm – call and get an inspection from a trained professional.
POPPED OR RUSTED NAILS OR STAINS AROUND NAILS
Nails in your shingles can pop up over time, especially if you live in an unpredictable weather climate. Popped or rusted nails often cause roof leaks, so don’t let the problem progress from a few nails to too many to count. The more popped nails you have the more extensive the leak may be. Once you see a few, make sure you immediately call for an inspection.
If you catch any of these subtle signs of deterioration that are listed above, make sure to contact a reputable roofing expert to come inspect your roof. If you are ever unsure, please feel free to reach out to our team at Roofing for HOPE. We’d be more than happy to help in any way possible and give you a free roof inspection.