When it comes to protecting your family and the assets that are most important to you, risks are something you cannot take. Its important to know if your roof is still providing adequate protection against the raging north western rain. In this article we will show you the key warning signs that your roof is nearing the end of its useful life as a covering over your home. Having an expert in the roofing industry come out is important, but its equally as important for you to be able to catch a problem in your home before it results in thousands of dollars of damage.
In the pictures below you will get a visual along with a brief description of damages that occur when the roofing system begins to fail. Once you have determined if your roof is failing you will need to determine whether it needs to be repaired or completely re-roofed. Check out our article on how to safely hire a roofing contractor before starting your endeavor to prepare yourself for the next step.
1) Excessive Energy Costs
Possible cause: Insufficient attic ventilation causes heating/cooling system to run excessively
In warm weather, inadequate ventilation will trap hot air in the attic, causing air conditioning systems to work harder, or leaving your home’s interior hotter and less comfortable. Attic Ventilation: In both hot and cold weather, insufficient attic ventilation may cause moisture in the attic to become trapped and condense on the rafters. This condensed moisture can drip down onto the insulation and reduce its effectiveness.
Excessive energy costs can result.
2) Stains on interior ceilings and walls, or mold and mildew growth.
Possible cause: Inadequate or faulty shingle underlayment allowing leakage or inadequate ventilation.
3)Blistering and/or peeling of interior and/or exterior paint.
Possible cause: Excessive temperature or high humidity due to poor attic ventilation.
4) Missing, Cracked or Curled Shingles.
Possible cause: Shingles have reached the end of their useful life.
5) Dark, “Dirty-Looking” Areas On Your Roof.
Possible cause: Environmental pollutants; vegetation, fungus or algae; loss of granules due to age of shingles.
We have been looking at roofs in Tacoma, Puyallup, Federal Way, Seattle and the surrounding Puget Sound areas for 20 years. These danger signs encompass the main areas of concern for you as a home owner. If you are planning to evaluate your roofs health and are in the Puget Sound area please make sure it can be done safely. Feel free to contact us for a free roof life evaluation and 20 point inspection.
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