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Roof damage can be hard to detect, but there are different ways to spot damage before leaks appear. Obvious damage such as missing shingles and stains is already a sign of a significant damage. It’s best to prevent them before it’s too late!

Negative effects of a damaged roof:

  • Damage to property: ceilings, walls, and foundations of a home
  • Mold and mildew that may cause allergies and other respiratory health risks
  • High energy costs because improper insulation causes the air conditioner and heater to work harder

Knowing how to see the signs of possible roof damage is your best bet to avoid the high costs associated with it.

How to spot a roof damage?

The best way to spot a roof damage even before you notice any leaks is to schedule a routine roof inspection from a certified professional. The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) recommends having roofs inspected at least twice a year, typically in spring and fall.

Minor damage can be invisible to the untrained eye. In addition, getting on top of the roof to see the extent of the damage can be especially dangerous to people without the right gear or training to do the job. Scheduling an inspection with a trained roofer is a small price to pay in exchange for a healthy roof, a safer home, and your peace of mind.

Simple ways to detect roof damage

There are simple ways for homeowners to spot roof damage. Aside from scheduling a routine roof inspection, you can also do regular outdoor and indoor inspection (especially after a storm) to maintain top roof health. Here are some of the things you can do:

  • During your outdoor inspection, look for shingles that may be cracked, decayed, torn, buckling, stained, splitting, or moldy. If you notice a small patch of damaged shingles (less than 30% of the entire roof), this can be addressed with a simple roofing repair. On the other hand, more extensive damage may require a roof replacement.
  • Check for mold and algae on the roof. This often occurs if your home is located in the southeast US. Mold and algae are usually caused by a growth of airborne fungi. This is a sign of a potential problem.
  • Inspect your gutters. Heavy rains, extreme heat, hail or aging weaken the granules of asphalt shingles and cause them to fall off and run down into your gutter system. This exposes your roof to further damage especially during storms.
  • Audit your utility bill. A sudden surge in energy cost may be a sign that your air ventilation has been compromised.
  • Check for damaged flashing. This could caused by the cracking or drying of an old roof.
  • When in doubt, call a professional. You can always ask for a basic roof inspection. Some professionals also offer routine inspections and roof maintenance packages at discount prices.

 

Call Your Roofing Company, Inc. now at (336) 944-0900 to learn more about our roof maintenance packages or to schedule a roof inspection with one of our professionals. Our check-up includes a comprehensive report on any signs of damage, including defective materials or faulty workmanship, your roof may have. This is a small investment that can save you thousands of dollars and keeps your family safe. Who knows? You may be qualified for a FREE inspection. Schedule an appointment today and spot damage before leaks appear!

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