You don't have to take a course in Home Ownership 101 to know that water streaming from a second-floor ceiling signifies a leak in your roof. But your roof doesn't have to be leaking water to be waging a bid for your attention. Remain alert to six other roof problems that warrant a call to the professionals.
6 Roof Cries for Help to Be Aware Of
- Water Stains on the Ceiling
Water spots on your ceiling could be triggered by a plumbing problem, leaky windows or condensation, or a roof leak. Follow a reliable rule of thumb: if the spots appear, darken in color or grow after it rains, a roof leak is the likely culprit.
- Water Stains on Exterior Walls
The flashing where the roof meets a wall is loose or damaged. As with all water stains, pay special attention to changes after a rain storm.
- Granules in the Gutters or at the Base of Downspouts
Some “shingle shedding” is not cause for undue concern. However, shingles begin to actively disintegrate toward the end of the lifespan, meaning that they should probably be replaced to protect your home.
- Cracked or Cupping Shingles
If you notice shingles in any form of disrepair, it probably means it is time to have them replaced. Shingles that “cup” – where the edges turn upward – could also mean that your roof is crying for ventilation; too much heat is building up and is warping the underside of the shingles.
- Missing Shingles
It takes gale-force winds to blow shingles off a roof, so don't be dismissive if you find some in a heap on the ground or on top of your roof. Between sealant and nails, shingles are installed to stay in place for the long run. If they're missing, a prying animal or a wayward tree branch could be the culprit.
- Algae on the Roof
Algae is blue-green but often appears black, just like bathroom mold. Algae grows in damp, cool and shady conditions. To address the root cause, professionals can install algae-resistant shingles or zinc strips that release a fungicide when it rains.
Look out for these common roof problems. If you notice any of these issues, it’s time to consult a professional. Contact us at 702-262-7847 to schedule a free, on-site estimation.