Between inspections, a quick visual examination of your roof will keep you alert to problems.
Shingles have increased in quality over the years, but basic techniques used to manufacture and lay them are the same. With that in mind, any homeowner can learn to recognize subtle signs of distress in a shingle roof.
That way, roof repair can be done while the project is still simple!
Wondering how to inspect your roof? It takes only minutes. Always stay at ground level. Perform visual inspections on a clear day in the early afternoon. Binoculars will help you spot issues that might otherwise slip by.
Keep an eye out for any of the following symptoms:
1. Peeling Shingles
Peeling is the most common problem with roof shingles. This takes place most often near the edges of the roof. One or two shingles may peel from time to time with age, but they should always be replaced before the rainy season. If you notice multiple shingles peeling during the summer, especially closer to the roof’s center, the roof might be improperly ventilated.
2. Blistering And Bubbling Shingles
Blistering is another concern that takes place when Florida roofs aren’t sufficiently ventilated. This can originate with the ventilation pipes or in the attic. Blisters are smaller marks running over a shingle, while bubbles may look like a “hill” across several shingles. Bubbling happens due to moisture-related warping, so call a residential roofer right away.
3. Shingles Buckling
Buckling points to a less serious structural issue, but it still leaves you at risk of leaks. A buckled shingle looks “arched,” with two sides rising to a point in the middle. Shingles can’t lay flat if the waterproof membrane underneath – the roof’s underlayment – gets wrinkled. In rarer cases, the wooden roof decking beneath the underlayment may have shifted. Call a roofer.
4. Shingles Fading Or Losing Color
Shingles absorb a tremendous amount of heat and solar energy over time. Fading is one of the few noticeable changes in a shingle that doesn’t indicate an underlying problem. Most shingles are now designed so fading is gradual. Lighter shingles fade more slowly than darker ones because they reflect a greater portion of the solar radiation that strikes them.
5. Shingles Losing Their Granules
Granule loss is another “toss up.” The glittering granules on a shingle add to their reflectivity. This protects against damage caused by the sun and extends their life. Within the first few years of a new roof’s service, granule loss is noticeable – then it evens out. Check your gutters for granules after any rain: If the roof is more than five years old and there’s a large amount, call a roofer.
If you’re worried about something you see on the roof, odds are you have good reason to be. Contact the experts at Plair Homes for roof repair advice that will help you protect your home.