Like most people, you don’t spend much time thinking about your roof. It’s up there, doing its thing—protecting you from rain, sun, and heat. Do you ever think about maintaining it or replacing it? No, Right?
Here are some signs that your roof needs a makeover:
1. Attic Leaks
If you live in an area that gets cold, the attic is a good place to look for water damage. The attic is usually exposed to the elements, so it’s important to check for any signs of leaks or other damage.
If you have an ice dam on your roof, then it could be causing your attic to leak. Ice dams form when the snow melts and runs down a slanted surface like a roof–they’re particularly common during winter months when temperatures drop below freezing at night but rise above freezing during the day. If enough water builds up behind this dam, it will eventually cause water damage inside your home!
When looking for leaks in attics: look around corners where pipes run along walls (“T” joints), especially near vents; check under insulation panels; make sure there aren’t any cracks or holes in floorboards where squirrels might be nesting; inspect crawlspaces under houses with basements.
2. Ceiling And Wall Stains
When you’re inspecting your roof, be on the lookout for ceiling and wall stains. These can be caused by water or mold damage, plumbing leaks, roof leaks, and condensation issues (or none of these). They may also be due to dirt and debris collected inside the walls over time or animal infestation. Finally–and most importantly–stained drywall should raise suspicions about fire damage in the home’s past.
3. Blistering Or Peeling Paint
If you see blistering or peeling paint, moisture and heat likely damage the roof. This can happen when water gets trapped under the shingles, either because they were installed improperly or because they’re too old to be effective at keeping out rainwater. It can also happen if there are gaps between two pieces of wood on your home’s frame–this would allow air to get in, which causes condensation and leads to peeling paint.
Extreme temperatures cause blistering: if it gets too hot outside for too long (like during an Arizona summer), then the sun will take off some surface material from underneath your shingles so that bubbles form on top; these bubbles then burst open when things cool down again later in fall/winter/spring depending on location.
4. Dark Streaks
Several things can cause dark streaks on the roof, but they all have one thing in common: moisture. That’s why it’s important to know what types of problems are causing your dark streaks and fix them as soon as possible.
The most common cause of dark streaks is a leaky gutter or downspout draining rainwater off your home into your foundation instead of away from it. Over time, this will cause damage to the wood underneath–and if you don’t catch it early on and fix it before that happens, you might end up with more serious problems later on down the line (like mold growth). If you think this is happening at your house, check out our post about how to repair these types of leaks here!
5. Shingle Damage
Shingle damage can lead to leaks, rot, and other problems. If a tree branch or wind blows on your roof for too long, it can cause shingle damage. Shingles also get damaged when roofers are working on your house.
6. Sheathing Decay Could Mean a Damaged Roof
When looking at a damaged roof, one of the first things you’ll notice is that the sheathing has begun to decay. This can be caused by moisture penetrating through cracks and holes in your home’s roofing materials. If left untreated, it will eventually lead to rot.
It’s important to note that sheathing decay isn’t just an issue for older homes; even newer ones can develop problems if they’re not maintained properly over time (or if they aren’t built with quality materials).
If you’re unsure of your roof’s condition or if if you have a damaged roof that needs repair, contact a professional. at Handy Inspector, we’ve got experts on staff who know everything there is to know about roofs and the damage they can sustain. They’ll be able to answer any questions you have and give you some advice on what steps you should take next. Call us at (239) 340 0375 or book your inspection online.