Roofing damage can be a scary experience. If you own a home, at some point you will need roofing repair and replacement. Don’t get overwhelmed by the inevitable; instead, educate yourself on what to look for in order to be proactive. If you know what to expect, you can take care of the damage in a timely manner. In this post, we will cover the warning signs of damage and how you can prepare for the worst.
Lifting or Loose Shingles
One definitive warning sign of roofing damage is lifting or loose shingles. However, these are hard to notice from the ground level. Getting a secure ladder in place on the side of your home can give you a high enough vantage point to spot anything amiss with your shingles. If your shingles are lifting, you may not consider this an emergency situation, but don’t forget that water can easily get underneath lifted shingles. Lifting shingles means the protective layer of your roof has been compromised. Any pooling water will cause water damage and leaks. Loose shingles are not too far away from lifting or falling off altogether.
Loss of Granules
The granules of your shingles give them protective properties. If you notice shingles beginning to look patchy, or you see the granules coming into the downspouts or even on the ground, your roof is in danger. This is an early warning sign of damage to the roofing materials that you can see upon inspection. When granules start to wear out, it may be time to replace the roof. It could save you from costly damage due to water leaks.
Maryland is no stranger to hail storms. If there has recently been a hail storm in your area, this may be a sign that your roof has sustained some damage. The signs of hail damage differ with the size and volatility of each particular storm, but you can expect to find dents, bends, and broken areas on your shingles, gutters and flashing. If you notice any of these signs, it’s time to get an inspection. This damage can be costly to the structure of your home and can cause leaks. Call a certified roofing contractor if you notice any signs of hail damage.
Damage from Age
An aging roof is susceptible to damage more than at any other time in its lifespan. If you notice lifting, missing, or crumbling shingles after 10 years, your roof is damaged from age and needs replacement. Don’t hesitate to call a professional. The longer you wait to repair an aging roof, the higher your chances of costly damage.
One way to prevent roofing damage is to schedule professional inspections with a trusted roofing company. At RoofPro, we suggest scheduling an inspection at the first warning signs of roofing damage. Waiting for an emergency in order to call will likely cause more harm to your home. If you are in Howard County, Maryland or the surrounding areas, contact us today to schedule an inspection and get a free estimate.
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