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Roofing and Landscape Design

5 Less Obvious Signs of Roof Damage

You know the obvious signs that your roof needs repairs – leaks, dark spots, the presence of moisture. However, not all roof issues are so cut and dry. In fact, there are several roof problems that many homeowners don’t know about.

Unfortunately, not knowing all the signs of potential roof issues can cost you in the long run. Avoid being one of the homeowners caught by surprise with a hefty repair bill by becoming more familiar with all types of potential roof damage.

A Sagging Ceiling

Does your ceiling look as though it has started to sag? If so, there is probably water damage that is the result of a leaking roof. If you ceiling looks as though it is sagging, but there are no signs of any water, then look in the attic. This is where you are most likely to find the water.

Chimney Leaks

If you have found moisture near the chimney base or on the ceiling inside of or around your fireplace, it could be the result of the flashing. If the flashing around your chimney is damaged due to a storm, or because of improper roofing work it needs to be replaced – the right way – by a professional roofer.

Termites

Have you noticed that there are termites in your home? If so, they may originate from the area right beneath the shingles on your roof and right above the insulation. This is an extremely popular area for termites to nest, and they are going to begin to eat away at the wood of your roofing structure. While this is slow at first, the damage may become so bad that you have to replace your entire roof.

Health Concerns

Have you noticed that you or someone in your family is starting to experience skin irritations, nasal stuffiness, headaches, wheezing, or eye irritation all of the sudden? If so, it may be because of a prolonged exposure to mold. If you don’t have your roof properly cleaned, then mold may begin to form under the shingles, spreading to the inside of your home.

Buckling Shingles

While your roof may seem okay at first glance, if you take a close look, then you may begin to notice that your shingles have begun to buckle. This typically looks like shingles that are overlapped and it isn’t good for the overall integrity of the structure. If there is too much buckling, then you may need an entirely new roof installed.

While the five issues here are not considered “classic” signs that your roof needs repairs, they are signs you need to be aware of. After all, when you know what to look for, you can take action in a timely manner and make repairs before situations get worse and more expensive to fix. If you need help or advice about your roof, the best thing you can do is get in touch with the pros. They can help ensure your roof remains in tip top condition.