Ceiling stains, loose granules, cracked vent pipes, and damaged shingles are just four warning signs of a failing roof. If any of these problems present themselves, contact a professional, licensed roofing contractor in your area for roof repair or roof replacement. Keep in mind, though: If the roof is nearing its life expectancy – 20 years for asphalt shingles – or the damage is extensive, roof replacement is often your best bet.
Stains on your ceilings or exterior walls are a key symptom of roof leaks. Left unchecked, even the smallest leak can compromise the roof’s integrity and ultimately, your home. Because locating the leak can be difficult – it has usually traveled by the time the stain becomes visible – it is advisable to contact a licensed roofing contractor in your area to assess the damage. The roofer will discuss all available options for repairing the leak with you at time of appointment. Routine roof maintenance is the best way to prevent potential leaks and other warning signs of a failing roof.
Once a year, and especially following any big storms, inspect the roof for obvious signs of damage. Torn, curled, or missing shingles can usually be seen from the ground; use binoculars as needed. Damaged shingles can leave the roof deck or underlayment exposed to the elements and, therefore, should be replaced immediately to prevent the roof failing further. If the roof is relatively new and in sound shape, with only a few damaged shingles, individual shingle replacement may be a viable option. However, if the damage is extensive or the roof older, then roof replacement may be required.
Granules work to protect asphalt shingles from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays. Over time, typically as the roof ages, granules will lose their adhesive properties and can be found in shingles and/or on the ground. Excessive granule loss, however, is cause for alarm as the roof can deteriorate at a much faster rate. This often results after prolonged exposure to hail and wind. Material quality, preventative maintenance, and local climate conditions can also influence the number of granules lost. Piles of granules, depending on the cause, may indicate a need for roof repair or replacement.
Cracked Vent Pipes
As part of the home’s plumbing system, vent pipes help to ensure the efficient drainage of fixtures such as sinks, tubs and toilets. These pipes can be all plastic, plastic and metal, or even cast-iron. Plastic pipes are susceptible to cracking, whereas, the seam around metal pipes can break. This can allow water to work its way into the house along its base. It’s a good idea to hire a local roofing contractor to inspect your vent pipes. If any of these issues are present, a new vent pipe is required, and should be professionally installed to avoid potential problems.