Basic Tips For Checking Your Roof For Damage

2 September 2017
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog

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When checking over your roof after the winter season there are certain things that will help you identify possible roof damage. In addition, it's possible that you may have water leaks and related damage on the ceiling inside your home. It's also possible that throughout the years, the exterior surface of your roof experienced quite a bit of wear and tear due to extreme weather conditions. For this reason, it's essential to quickly locate any possible roof damage and have it repaired immediately. The information below provides some tips for checking your roof for damage:

Light Spots Filtering Through The Roof

It's possible that light from outdoors can penetrate through your roof and filter into your home. When this happens, it's a possible indicator that your roof has suffered extreme damage. This is typically caused by loose, missing or broken shingles, and deteriorating asphalt. If possible, you may want to consider going on the roof and checking it over to find out what is causing the issue. In addition, it's essential that you get this fixed immediately before it leads to serious damage to the interior of your home.

Algae Growth On The Roof

If you have a poor roof drainage system, it's possible that there is a presence of algae growth. Typically, this happens with the gutters and downspouts are clogged up, preventing water from draining. The purpose of downspouts is to allow rainwater to flow to the ground from the roof. If there are pools of water on the roof, due to the poor drainage system, then not only could it cause algae growth, but also lead to mold. When checking over your roof, you should pay special attention to any areas that have dark and greenish stains. This is an indicator of algae growth caused by high humidity in the air. The algae can eat through the surface of your roof, causing it to rot and unravel in certain areas. For this reason, if you notice the growth, you should have it removed quickly.

Flashing Units On The Roof

The roof flashing units have a combination of aluminum and galvanized steel materials used to cover any open joints on the roof. This helps to seal off open areas on the roof to prevent water from seeping into your home. If you notice that the flashings have started to loosen, it may be necessary to apply caulk to the area to seal them off once again.

If you are unsure about checking over the roof on your own, consider consulting with a roofing contractor.