A roof that is in good condition improves your home’s market value, adds glamor to your home, regulates extreme temperatures, and prevents leakages into the interior. A failing roof can’t do some or all of these things and is a magnet for bigger problems.
If you’re running a business, your roof can sell your business before prospects set foot in the door. It could also do the opposite and send the message that you’re unprofessional and can’t give them what they want.
Here are the signs of a failing roof you should look out for regardless of the season.
1. Old Roof
A roof’s lifespan, depending on the make and sometimes the brand, is meant to last between 20 and 25 years. If your roof is edging closer to this age gap, that’s a sign that you are not as protected as you’d like to believe. Some old roofs may show certain failing symptoms such as missing or loose shingles, dark patches on the roof or the ceiling underneath, and areas that curl up.
2. Granules in your Yard
Speaking of loose or damaged shingles, they also cause the granule covering in your home to wear off. These granules find their way into your spouts and wherever the rain water ends up including your yard.
3. Sagging Roof
Sagging can be caused by several factors -old age, heavy snow or rain, a weak roof due to poor installation techniques, excessive layers of shingles, or a failing foundation. Whatever the cause, a sagging roof looks bad and may pull down the rest of the roof with it with time.
4. Exposed nail heads
The top layer of shingles usually covers the nails on the lower sheet of shingles. When your roof loses some shingle tabs in a storm or high winds, the nail heads become exposed. It may not be a big deal at first because you know there are still multiple layers of shingles underneath. The problem arises if the lost shingle exposes the nails in the lower layer of shingles. An exposed nail head means there’s enough space for water to seep in and damage the interior.
5. Leaking Roof
This is a no–brainer and is usually the first sign after an aged roof that your roof is failing. The common culprits in a leaky roof are human beings, extreme weather, neglect, and rooftop equipment. A leaky roof may show up in an unwelcome trickle on your furniture. Sometimes it could be dark or brownish irregular rings on the ceiling or an unusually stuffy, hot, and damp attic caused by mold growth
6. Weird-Looking Roof
You can’t notice all the details of the signs of a failing roof from the ground. If you get a roof inspection or look at your roof from a higher ground, you may notice curled, cracked, or blistered shingles that make the roof look strangely uneven, bumpy or differently textured. The roof may also be sagging too causing it to appear dented. All in all, a bad looking roof is a sign of a failing roof.
7. Damaged Flashing
Roof flashing is designed to direct water away from sensitive areas of the roof, such as where the roof plane meets a wall or a dormer. Flashing is used to protect roof features like vents, chimneys, and skylights. Instead of entering the roof deck, water should run down the side of the flashing and be directed to the shingles.
A damaged flashing may develop holes, have missing parts, be bent or dented, or have rust. When the flashing is damaged, water enters the roof deck and with it the problems of a leaking roof.