Since Roofs Can't Talk, Knowing What They're Trying To Show You Is Important

Posted on: 20 August 2017

It would be awesome if roofs could speak. No more guessing or speculating. They could communicate when there was a problem. There's no reason to sit around and wait for this to happen, but this doesn't mean that quickly diagnosing a problem with your roof is impossible. A roof will often display telltale signs that offer insight into its condition. Knowing how to spot these warning signs is all the communication you need:

Pooling Water Around Foundation

After a heavy rain, pooled water around the foundation means there is a problem with the gutters. As an asphalt roof ages, tiny granules will detach and fall into the gutters where they create a clog or blockage. When rain is unable to flow through the gutters, it instead rolls down the side of a home and settles around the foundation.

This red flag means roof damage is already likely and if ignored, foundation damage may be just around the corner. Animal nest and tree debris can also clog a gutter, so an inspection is recommended to discover what's going on.

Shingle Curling

Singles should rest flatly. Weathering has had its way with a roof when the edges of the shingles start to curl upwards, also known as cupping. Weathering refers to the aging process that happens as a result of constant exposure to the sun's powerful ultraviolet rays.

A shingle can no longer offer a water-tight seal in this state as its curled edges allow water to penetrate the under-layers of the roof easily. Moisture buildup destroys insulation, weakens roof support and accelerates the wear of surrounding shingles. 

Light in the Attic

The only sources of light in an attic should be a bulb or window. If you're able to look up at the roof from inside the attic and see beams of sunlight – this is a serious problem. If the light can enter the space, air and moisture can also pass through.

You already know what moisture penetration can do, but air transfer will have a direct effect on the temperature in your home. Temperature imbalances lead to discomfort and increasingly higher heating and cooling costs. Don't ignore even a small burst of light.

Is your roof displaying several red flags? A roof in this condition is often an indication of a roof that's beyond the realm of repair and is in need of a new roof installation. Have a roofer come out and inspect the roof to see what the best next step is.