Common Roof Problems that You Need to Look Out For

Being a homeowner has its perks; however, it comes with a truckload of responsibilities! From keeping the interior up-to-date, the bathrooms leak-free, and the kitchen trendy, one has to make sure the exterior is also on fleek. 

And the most important part of your home’s exterior is the roof! 

A roof protects our house from several internal and external elements, including weather and water damage; therefore, it needs to be sturdy and well-maintained. However, the roof is susceptible to many problems that you can easily identify by frequent inspection.

We have put together a list of 6 common roof problems that you need to look out for and have repaired as soon as possible.

1. Water Damage 

One of the most common roof problems is water damage. If you notice brown spots or circles on the ceiling and walls, visible leaks in the attic, swollen wood, and damp rafters, it means your roof’s drainage system is at fault. Improper drainage not only causes excessive water accumulation between the roofing layers, but it can also cause the shingles to crack and aid the growth of mold and mildew. 

If you notice any of these signs, it’s time to hire a roofing inspector to identify the root cause of the problem and solve it ASAP to avoid further damage. 

2. Cracking and Blistering Shingles 

If you have a shingle roof, you may notice some of the shingles cracking, blistering, curling, or coming undone. This can be due to standing water under the roofing layers, frequent exposure to harsh weather, or your roof reaching the end of its life!

Even though cracked shingles may not appear to be much dangerous at first, they accumulate small amounts of moisture in them and weaken the entire structure of your roof over time. As a result, they can buckle, collapse, or slide off unexpectedly, causing extensive damage to the roof, as well as putting the residents at risk. 

Plus, the more you put off fixing this issue, the more the chances are of ending up with an expensive roof repair process. Therefore, the sooner you get this issue fixed, the better.

3. Loose Nails and Holes 

Sometimes you may notice several loose nails and holes on your roof. This usually happens after heavy winds cause debris to fall on the surface of the roof, resulting in dents, holes, and loose nails on roofing components. 

Holes and loose nails act as an entryway for water, wind, and dust. Due to moisture accumulation, high temperatures, and less protection from external factors, the roof’s ventilation system and structural integrity can be impaired.

With frequent roof inspections, you can easily discover these issues and repair them at the earliest.

4. Shingle Granule Loss 

If you live in a region that experiences heavy rain storms or winds, it can knock off the mineral granules embedded in the shingles. The purpose of these granules is to give color to the shingles and deflect sunlight from our roof.

However, granule loss can cause the shingles to fade and wear off faster. Plus, direct exposure to sunlight can increase our home’s internal temperatures, which can be quite uncomfortable in the summer.

Also, high temperatures put unnecessary strain on the home’s cooling system, causing a significant increase in energy bills. 

Therefore, to avoid all this, the better option is to get your granule loss fixed as soon as you notice it.

5. Improper Attic Ventilation and Insulation

Another common roofing problem is improper attic ventilation and insulation. The ventilation systems in our homes help dissipate the heat in summer, while insulation keeps it in during winter. In addition, it also maintains the moisture levels in our homes.

Improper attic ventilation and insulation system can give rise to several issues, including a frequent breakdown of air conditioning and furnace, mold buildup, roof decking getting delaminated, and interior damage. So, if you experience these issues, get your ventilation system fixed!

6. Mold and Mildew Growth 

If you notice small clusters of black, dark green, brown, or white spots on the ceilings or walls of your home, it is a clear sign of mold buildup. This is mostly caused by excessive moisture inside the house due to standing water, leaks, and improper ventilation. However, it is also a common concern in areas where the climate is generally humid. 

To Sum it Up  

With owning a home, come responsibilities like regular roof and attic inspections. And even though it might look like a big deal, it really isn’t!

With Penwin Roofing & Windows at your back, you simply have to call us, and we will inspect your roof thoroughly for any signs of damage or potential risks. Not only will we inspect, but we will also suggest a viable solution to repair, replace or patch up your roof so that it can stand the test of time.

From roof installation to replacement and maintenance, we take care of all your roofing problems while you sit back and relax!