*This is a collaborative post*
Your roof can’t talk, and that’s a shame. If it could, there are all sorts of things that it would tell you, some of which could save you a small fortune (or a large one if the whole thing needs replacing).
I’m The Reason For The Water Spots On Your Ceiling
If you see a colored ring emerging on your ceiling, then take note: it could be a sign that your roof has a problem. Often if you have a leaky roof, water will come through to your interior ceilings, causing a wet mark, usually darker than the surrounding material, followed by a ring of color as organics move in.
My Gutters Are Full
Full gutters are a problem. When guttering becomes overloaded with debris, it can lead to other severe issues with your property, including compromised foundations. Guttering keeps water away from the base of your home and walls and funnels it away into your draining system.
Gutter cleaning is essential because it removes all the debris that can accumulate in guttering that causes it to overflow. By clearing away fallen leaves, nests and tree branches, you eliminate the risk to the rest of your property.
My Shingles Are Cracked
Cracked shingles are no good. Usually, they mean that the granules that protect them are worn off and washed away. Cracked shingles are a sign that the roof has reached the end of its serviceable life and needs to be replaced.
My Shingles Are Cupped
Another shingles complaint is cupping. Cupping is where the outside of the shingles starts to curl upwards, like a potato chip. When this happens, water and rain get in underneath, putting the property at risk of developing a damp problem.
Usually, cupped shingles are the result not of old age, but a warm attic. The heat from the attic rises and needs to escape. This, in turn, causes the shingles to cup upwards, compromising the integrity of the roof. The solution? Turn on your HVAC in the summer.
I’m Leaking When The Weather Goes From Hot To Cold
Freeze-thaw weathering is where water gets into crevices in the roof, freezes, expands, and then forces the surrounding material apart, causing damage. When temperatures rise, the frozen water in the cracks melts and causes leaks. Hence when the weather goes from hot to cold – that’s when you’ve got the most significant problems.
Experts say that there’s usually no way to tell ahead of time whether you have ice dams building up in your roof. Your best bet is to choose a roofing material with in-built ice protection.
I’m Covered In Algae
If your roof could talk, it would tell you that it was covered in algae. Many homeowners are flabbergasted when they see large black patches emerge on their roofs. Algae blooms cause these patches, often after warm and damp weather.
The solution? Use a fungicide or a high powered jet wash to blast the algae from your tiles and shingles. You can also use shingles that offer anti-fungal protection next time you re-roof.