It is vital to monitor your roof for signs of damage and age. Most significant problems start out small, and knowing how to spot these can save you considerable expense. The following are five of the most common signs your roof needs prompt repairs.
Asphalt shingles are designed to last up to about 25 years. After this, they won’t provide the protection your home requires. As the roof ages, shingles will start to curl and buckle, both of which are visible signs that the roof needs to be repaired or replaced. Another common sign of aging shingles is a growing quantity of granules in the gutters. As shingles age, the shingle granules will break free and roll into the gutter. While it’s normal to have some granules, if they’re clogging your gutters, you should prepare to replace the shingles.
2. Valleys Are Compromised
Shingles that are missing or falling apart can compromise the flow of water off the roof and into the gutters. Valleys are formed where two roof slopes meet. These are designed to help channel water into the gutters. Gaps within the valleys can cause water to seep between shingles and into the roof. Because of the amount of moisture that travels through the valleys when it rains or snows, these problems can cause significant damage to the roof and underlying structure.
3. Flashing Is Missing or Damaged
Flashing is placed around vents, chimneys, skylights, and other roof structures to prevent leaks from occurring. When the flashing is missing, your roof is exposed to the whims of Mother Nature. Flashing can come loose in high winds, after heavy rains, or when ice/snow pushes it aside. If you see flashing that has come loose or has blown into the yard, it’s a clear indication that a prompt repair is required.
4. Roof Sagging
A sagging roof is a bad sign that you don’t want to ignore any further. Sagging roofs occur when water has penetrated beneath the shingles and compromised the integrity of the plywood beneath. As the wood rots, the roof will start to sag. The longer you wait, the further the rot will spread, and the greater the sagging will become.
5. You Can See the Sun … From the Attic
A damaged roof can buckle and bend. If you see the roof sagging, check the attic. If you can see daylight coming through the roof, it’s a sign that the roof needs immediate repairs before leaks can cause further damage.
Do you have questions about the condition of your roof? Contact Beyond Exteriors at (703) 830-0863, and our team will help you identify the potential problems you are experiencing and what is causing them.
Why Hire Beyond Exteriors for Your VA Roof?
For more than a decade, homeowners in VA have put their trust in the team at Beyond Exteriors. Our licensed contractors have the skills, training, and expertise to perform the highest-quality roof repairs in the region. Our inspections are always conducted by a certified professional, and you can rely on our prompt, free estimates. Our team is SELECT ShingleMaster-credentialed and certified by CertainTeed, and you will receive nothing but the very best from our team members.
Contact Beyond Exteriors at (703) 830-0863 for more information about the roofing services we offer in Virginia. It is our pleasure to show you why we are the top choice of homeowners throughout the region.