5 Roofing Failure Signs That Should Be Addressed Immediately
Most homeowners prefer to wait until the worst has happened to their roof before replacing their roofs. Reputable roofing companies, ourselves included, strongly recommend against waiting for these situations, as it would lead to even bigger roofing expenses.
The following signs are indicators that you should start preparing for planning for a roof replacement.
Higher than usual energy bills – Roofs are part of what is called a thermal envelope, which also comprises walls, doors, and windows. Under ideal conditions, your interior should be efficiently insulated: your indoors should be warm during cold days, and cool during hot days. Roofs that have started to fail would have reduced efficiency. Your indoor cooling and heating requirements will increase, which in turn will require more from your heating and cooling systems to compensate, which, in turn, will result in higher energy bills.
Water damage on your ceiling – Ceiling stains are clear indicators of water damage caused by leaks. Locating the source of the is often difficult, as leaks rarely flow straight down. Several ceiling stains across different rooms indicate overall deterioration and is a sign that you need new roofing soon.
Exterior deterioration – Deteriorating roofs would be fairly easy to spot even without binoculars; loose or missing three-tab shingles cause noticeable breaks in the pattern. The same goes for cupped, damaged, or missing shingles, and are not to be taken lightly. Damaged roofing makes it easier for rainwater to seep through the underlayment and damage the roof deck.
Granules in the gutters – If large amounts of granules collect in the gutters and get washed away in the runoff, your asphalt shingles are at the end of their service life and should be replaced soon. Shingles with added features like “cool roof” granules would not be as effective at this point.
Sagging roofline – Take several steps back and inspect your roofline for signs of sagging. A break in one of the support columns, improperly installed roof decks, or too much weight caused by snow, ice, or heavy roofing can cause sagging. This is a structural problem that has to be addressed by professional roofing contractors immediately.
There are cases where timely repairs and regular maintenance have saved more than a few roofs. But more often than not, a full replacement is needed to address roofing problems this severe. Kroll Construction has been helping Michigan residents for over 50 years. If your roof is in this condition, call us today at (888) 338-6340 or fill out our contact form to schedule a free in-home consultation and estimate.