3 Things Your Roof Is Trying To Tell You

Don't you wish your house could just wake up and tell you where it hurts? Unfortunately, much like caring for a small child, you probably end up trying to discern problems based on vague signs. However, you might be able to pin down roofing issues by knowing what to look for. Here are three things your roof is trying to tell you, and how a professional can correct the problem. 

1: "That's not sand!" 

As you perform your seasonal cleaning, you might wonder how a bunch of sand ended up in your rain gutters. Although it might be easy to vacuum it out and write off the problem, the fact of the matter is that it might be a sign of serious roofing trouble.

If you have asphalt shingles, it is important to realize they won't last forever. In fact, asphalt shingles typically last for about 20 years. Over time, water and sunlight break down the binding that holds the protective coating on shingles, leaving your roof susceptible to water damage. When this binding deteriorates, it allows the round, gravel aggregates to roll into your gutters.

Once enough of this protective barrier washes down the drain, you might end up with a roof incapable of displacing water. If water is allowed to penetrate the surface, you might end up with damaged sub-roofing materials or a moldy attic. Keep an eye on those rain gutters, and if you spot little sand-like granules, contact a roofing contractor right away. They can inspect your roof for damage, let you know about any deterioration, and tell you when you should expect to replace those shingles.

2: "That was quite a hailstorm."

If you live in an area where severe weather is frequent, you are probably familiar with the damage a little hail can do to your yard. Unfortunately, most people overlook what heavy falling ice can do to their roof.

Although hail can reach upwards of 6 inches in diameter, most stones are about 1-1 ¾ inches in diameter. However, even smaller stones can cause a lot of damage when they fall from the sky and ram into your asphalt shingles. Your shingles might crack, break in half, or even fall off of your house if they are subjected to enough force. After shingles have been compromised, water can penetrate the area easily, and wreak havoc on the surrounding shingles.  

Fortunately, you can invest in impact-resistant shingles to protect your roof. Impact resistant shingles are graded from Class 1 to Class 4, depending on the level of force they are capable of enduring without cracking. Class 1 shingles can withstand the impact from a 1¼-inch stainless steel ball dropped in the same place twice from 20 feet away, while Class 4 impact-resistant shingles are capable of enduring the force of a 2-inch ball.

To choose the right shingles for your roof, think about the average size of hail for your area. If you have small hailstorms occasionally, Class 1 shingles might work, while Class 4 shingles might be better for a region prone to extreme weather.

3: "Flashing isn't just for show, you know."

Although you might think the carefully crafted flashing around your chimney and vent soffits is just for show, it is crucial for keeping water away from the inside of your house. Unfortunately, if flashing isn't installed correctly, water rerouted by your shingles can drip into your home or attic easily. In fact, some experts estimate that up to 95% of water leaks can be attributed to damaged or poorly installed flashing details.

When you check for roofing damage, don't forget to look at your flashing. Look for loose edges, bent flashing, and missing screws. Also, check for missing sections that could be letting water seep into your place. Flashing is typically installed around peaks, valleys, and any foreign roofing structure.

If you spot trouble, don't try to fix it yourself. Flashing needs to fit properly in order to do its job. Fortunately, a roofing contractor can measure the space and create a bent metal flashing piece to protect your home.

Knowing how to spot roofing damage might help you to get help early, so that you don't end up with surprise expenses later. Check out this go to website for more information.