Shingle repair may seem like a minor detail in the overall health of your roof, but a roof is comprised of several smaller tiles, often referred to as shingles. It is not uncommon for a single shingle to become damaged and need repair, because if there is even one crack in your home’s defense, it may result in considerably more expensive damage. However, knowing when shingles need to be replaced or shingles repaired is not always easy, especially if you do not know what to look for. Thankfully, we are here with a few signs you can watch out for that can tip you off to know when you may need to call a roofer to help with shingle replacement.
How To Look For Shingle Damage
Inspect Attic For Roof Leaks
The attic is an excellent place to begin looking if you are worried about shingle damage. To inspect your attic, first enter it with the lights off to look for any visible holes in the roof where you can see sunlight coming in.
Once you have searched for any daylight, use a flashlight to check the attic ceiling for any signs of water damage. The symptoms of water damage are sagging, water stains, and in extreme cases, dripping. Once you have sufficiently checked the ceiling, you should turn on the light and inspect the floors for any signs of dampness.
Inspect Roof From Exterior of Home
There are another few methods you can use to ensure that your roof is in proper order. These methods involve you merely going out and looking at your roof. While the roof of some houses may be easily visible from the ground level, some are not. To finish checking your roof for damages, you may need to get on top of your house.
How To Get On a Roof
Before you do the climb, the first step to take is to ensure your safety and the safety of the people around you. Anytime you or anyone else get onto a roof, there are safety precautions they need to follow to minimalize their chance of injury. You should wear safety goggles, thick gloves, and shoes with excellent traction to help you avoid falling off.
Depending on the situation, wearing a safety harness may be a good idea. It is also essential that your entrance and exit to the roof be secure. You should only use a sturdy ladder, and you should have someone hold the bottom for you to ensure it stays still while you go up and come back down. While on the roof, walk slowly and make sure your footing is firm before you take the next step.
Look for Moss
Once you have safely gotten onto the roof, you need to locate any sign of damage that you can. The easiest method to see if your roof is damaged is if you can find extensive moss growth on the planes that face the north side of your roof.
Moss is different from most plants in that it draws in moisture through its leaves instead of its root system. Therefore, moss thrives in damp areas with a significant amount of moisture in the air.
Not only can moss be an indication that the air around that part of the roof has a substantial amount of water in it, but moss itself can also damage your roof. While moss gets its water through its leaves, it does still have a root system. The roots of moss can loosen your shingles or can even move water under them, proving the shingles ineffective.
Signs Of A Damaged Shingle
Another visible sign of shingle damage is damaged shingles. Sometimes, a storm can visibly damage one or many of the shingles on your roof. Or, time may cause them to deteriorate. A few times a year after a storm, you should check your roof for damaged shingles and the signs of them.
The signs of a damaged shingle are:
- bits of shingles that have been torn off
- piles of roofing sediment where the water from your gutter drains
- visible defects of any shingles such as a hole through the shingle, a shingle with a piece broken off, or the edges of the shingle are curling upwards
Look For Damaged Flashing
The last sign of roof damage is a little more difficult to spot. A component of roofs known as “flashing” is used to ensure that water is carried away from parts of the roof that may be more prone to leaks. While you are checking your shingles, also look for any damaged flashing surrounding and fixture on your roof.
Get a Professional Shingle Repair Opinion
We realize that such an inspection can be a dangerous task, especially if you are not accustomed to climbing up on your roof. That’s why we’re always happy to come out and give you a free roof inspection to see if you have any damaged shingles. You want to make sure an honest, professional roofer in Woodstock, Canton, Towne Lake or surrounding areas takes a look at your roof condition before assuming you need an entire roof replacement.
It is our job and pleasure to ensure that the roof over your family’s head is secure and in working order.