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Signs of Roof Damage That Require Immediate Attention

Asphalt shingles that are loose and missing granules

As a New England homeowner, you understand what a critical role your roof plays in protecting your home against the region’s harsh weather. However, even the sturdiest roofs can develop problems over time. Ignoring signs of roof damage can lead to expensive replacement projects that might have been avoidable with proper care.

Below, we’ll discuss common signs of roof damage that demand immediate attention and provide insights into choosing a reliable roofing contractor for repair or replacement projects. By following these guidelines, you’ll ensure that your home remains a safe and comfortable haven, even in the face of New England’s challenging weather conditions.

Common Signs of Roof Problems

Being aware of these common roof problems can give you the time needed to take quick action to prevent further damage:

Leaks & Water Stains

Water stains on ceilings or walls are clear indicators of a leaky roof. Ignoring leaks can result in water damage to your home’s interior and even compromise its structural integrity.

Missing or Damaged Shingles

If you notice shingles that are cracked, curled, or completely missing, your roof’s protection is compromised. Damaged shingles can lead to leaks and further deterioration.

A Sagging Roof Deck

A sagging roof deck could be a sign of a structural issue, such as rot or damage to the roof’s underlying support.

Granule Loss

Finding asphalt granules in your gutters or downspouts is a sign that your shingles are deteriorating. Granules protect shingles from the sun’s UV rays and help them last longer.

Algae or Moss Growth

Algae and moss can trap moisture, causing shingles to deteriorate. They also create an unsightly appearance on your roof.

Importance of Professional Roof Inspections

Regular roof inspections by a qualified roofing contractor are crucial for catching problems early and avoiding costly repairs down the line. A proper roof inspection involves the following steps:

  • Exterior inspection – The contractor examines the roof’s surface for damaged or missing shingles, as well as signs of wear and tear.
  • Attic examination – The attic is inspected for signs of water intrusion, such as damp insulation, mold, or mildew. It’s also easy to spot gaps or holes in the roof, as sunlight will stream into the attic.
  • Flashing assessment – The flashing around chimneys, vents, and skylights is checked for cracks or damage that could lead to leaks.
  • Gutter and drainage review – The contractor ensures that gutters are clear and downspouts are functioning properly so water can be directed away from your home.

Identifying Issues on Asphalt & Composite Shingle Roofs

Different types of roofs have distinct problems to watch out for. The most common issues for asphalt shingle roofs include curled, buckled, or missing shingles, and shingles that have lost most of their granules.

If your home is protected by a composite shingle roof, the issues you should look for include:

  • Cupping – Shingles that have edges that turn upward are susceptible to water infiltration.
  • Blistering – Blisters on shingles are often caused by trapped moisture, which can lead to premature aging.
  • Algae growth – Dark streaks caused by algae growth not only mar the appearance of your roof but also lead to shingle damage.

And if you have a metal roof, be on the lookout for:

  • Rust or corrosion
  • Loose or missing fasteners
  • Dents or impact damage
  • Pooling water
  • Discoloration
  • Lifted or displaced panels
  • Leaks or water stains
  • Chalking or chipping paint

Choosing a Reliable Roofing Contractor

If you’ve determined that your roof needs to be repaired or replaced, selecting a trustworthy roofing company is key. You should choose a licensed, insured, and certified contractor with a proven track record in the industry and local experience. Be sure to request references and read reviews to gauge the contractor’s reputation. What’s more, a reliable contractor will provide clear written contracts outlining the scope of work, timeline, and costs.

Don’t Ignore the Warning Signs

Ultimately, being proactive about roof damage could save you from a more costly repair or replacement project. Recognizing signs of damage, scheduling regular professional inspections, and promptly addressing issues are vital steps. And when it comes to roofing projects, choosing a roofing contractor with a stellar reputation is crucial.

New England’s Roofing Experts

If you’ve noticed potential issues and are ready to schedule a roofing inspection, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better option than NEWPRO. Our doors have been open since 1945 and we’ve served more than 100,000 satisfied customers throughout New England. We’re an Owens Corning Platinum Preferred Contractor that offers an array of roofing options engineered for the local climate, and our installation technicians have the training and experience needed to do the job right the first time.

Contact NEWPRO today to schedule a complimentary roofing inspection.

August 29, 2023
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