Common Roofing Problems
Common Roofing Problems for Greater Dallas
Common Roofing Problems when living in Dallas
Top Indicators You May Need A New Roof
Year after year, your roof provides protection from the elements. They are an often overlooked first line of defense for your home. Many homeowners ignore their roofing problems until they become a catastrophic failure which can lead to problems in all other areas of your home! From leaks, to mold and dangerous structural issues, an ounce of prevention reduces the need for several pounds of cure.
You can start caring for your roof by learning to spot the signs of wear on your roof. By simple maintenance measures you can plan ahead for roofing repair and roof replacement before a critical malfunction. These are just a few ways to tell if your roof should be inspected for repair.
Your Dallas Roof is Aging
Did you know a well installed asphalt roof typically lasts 20 to 25 years? If your home is nearing this age (or exceeded it), you can plan on it needing replacement in the near future. Other, less common, roofing constructions vary in longevity some from 15 to 50 years! It’s important to know your roofing materials and it’s potential life span.
Your roof’s repair history and build date are key pieces of information to have when determining your roof’s life expectancy. Was your roof repaired recently? How was the work performed? Where new shingles simply laid over the previous build? These could add or deduct from your current roof’s effectiveness. Overlaying new shingles over old ones doesn’t assist with underlying causes of stress and damage. This is why roofing contractors at CMAC Roofing typically recommend a full tear-off and replacement. This way you ensure proper repair and ventilation which leads to increases air-flow and minimal moisture build-up.
If your roof has been built or replaced recently, but it is showing signs of damage, it can typically be repaired without performing a full roof replacement. CMAC Roofing’s roofing experts can assess age and damage concerns for your Dallas roof to determine the best course of action for your home!
Worn, Old, or Damaged Shingles
Have you examined your shingles lately? If you notice any buckling, curling, cracked or, the worst case, missing shingles you can assume that your roof is no longer effectively protecting your home. At this point there is serious potential for real damage.
You should be especially attentive following strong winds and storms. Heavy rain, hail and wind can seriously harm your roof and this goes double for a roof that already has some signs of aging. If there are patches on your roof, this could lead to critical failure of the structure.
Then there is granule shedding. Asphalt shingles are embedded with small granules to assist them with sun damage protection. As daily wear and tear happens you may see some shedding, which is typical. These can normally be seen collected in your gutters, and a small amount isn’t cause for concern. If there is excessive granule shedding it may be time to assess your shingles. If you’re starting to see patchers or varying color and shading across your roof, it’s typically caused by excess granular loss and should be inspected by a professional.
Leaks are the most obvious sign of roofing damage, and requires repair or replacement as soon as possible.
Leaks lead to additional damage to your home which may materialise as water staining, bubbled or peeling paint, streaking on walls or dampness. It is also a good habit to regularly inspect attic spaces for these typical signs. And if there are any beams of sunlight visible in these spaces, these indicate open holes in your roof as well.
Water damage can quickly become a critical problem for the integrity of your home. These problems should be inspected by a professional as soon as possible to reduce damages they can cause to your home.
Mold or Mildew
Roof leaks can also lead to mold and mildew in your home. Condensation from leaks can create these growths that most often appear as dark splotchy staining on walls or trimming. They are also typically found on ceilings as the water leaks in from the roof pools above ceilings and trickles down walls.
Armed with a flashlight, be sure to perform a thorough visual inspection of attics and crawl spaces at the top of your home. Note any obvious markings and any strange scents while in these spaces. But be careful! Any musty or mildew smells could be an indication of growth in these areas and should be treated with additional respiratory precautions in mind.
Inspecting the inside of your roof is a start, but don’t forget about the outside! Moss or algae can begin growing directly on your roof’s shingles. This can be an indication of age and potential rot, which means your shingles are no longer protecting your home.
Sagging or Buckling
Sags and buckles are a serious red flag and may indicate serious structural damage to your roof! This is a huge problem that hurts the stability of your home and the safety of you and your family.
An easy visual inspection can be conducted from your home’s driveway. From the street in front of your home, find an unobstructed view of your roofline. Your roofline should be perfectly straight and level. If there are any curves, swerves, sways or dips, this can be evidence of a serious structural issue in your home.
Another inspection method takes place in your attic. Inspecting where rafters meet the ridge line peak of your roof, this should be a perfect triangle. If the triangle is skewed they may be bowed rafters or a dipping ridgeline, and your roof should be professionally inspected.
If any of these problems seem to be plaguing your roof, give the professionals at CMAC Roofing a call right away! These issues can lead to large problems that most homeowners cannot address on their own. Trusting trained professionals with the job as soon as any problems arise is key to protecting your home’s roof. Don’t wait to call, the longer problems go unassessed, the more potential damage to your home and higher the cost of repair!
Do any of these issues describe your Dallas home? Call CMAC Roofing right away for a free roofing inspection and consultation. Our experts are trained professionals that can assess small problems to critical faults and devise a plan for your roof repair or replacement.
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