The roof is one part of the house that is easily overlooked. Not many homeowners regularly check on the condition of their roof until the minute they realize that the problem has gone from bad to worse. Understandably, roof issues can be hard to spot because there are very few warning signs unless you know where to look. This is why it is important to be proactive in regularly checking and maintaining all parts of the house that are exposed to the elements. In the UK, roof problems are being remedied with the use of corrugated plastic roofing sheets. If your roof needs a quick fix and you don’t have the budget to replace the entire lot, replacing one or two pieces with plastic roofing will solve the problem.
However, to prevent being in this situation, here are some signs that homeowners should check for possible roof damage.
Dark Stains and Dirty Looking Parts
Dark stains on the roof are likely caused by fungi or algae growth, and they are usually the reason roofs appear dirty in certain areas. This roof problem often occurs in warm, humid climates, and it must be attended to as soon as possible. The mould or algae will start to damage the shingle base and cause it to loosen or decay. Homeowners can call the assistance of roofing contractors to take a better look and determine the extent of the damage if they are apprehensive about climbing on their own. This problem should be addressed before it spread to other parts of the roof to prevent further damage.
Damaged Shingle and Sheathing
One cause of deterioration of the shingle and sheathing is mould and algae growth. It eats on the organic base of the shingles, causing it to rot. This problem can go undetected until it reaches the sheathing panels, which then will be too late. The panel connections may weaken and make the roof more vulnerable during storms or extreme weather conditions. Roofs that appear to sag in some areas could mean that there is roof rot happening, which may lead to collapse. Regular inspection and maintenance will help prevent this from happening.
Missing, Cracked, Buckled, or Curled Shingles
Missing, cracked, buckled, or curled shingles need to be replaced as soon as possible. Prolonged exposure to the elements makes shingles brittle and prone to damage. Over time, the granules that give colour and protect the shingle from UV rays soon fall off and expose the base material to the elements. Cracking will soon lead to the shingles’ breaking or buckling during strong winds.
Blistering or Peeling Paint
This is the easiest warning sign that homeowners can spot to determine the condition of the roof. Still, this sign often goes unattended until it becomes worse. Blistering and peeling paint is usually the result of excessive moisture and humidity due to improper ventilation in the attic. Inadequate ventilation can lead to trapped hot air and build up in the attic. The excessive heat can cause blistering and peeling off the exterior paint around the gables and eaves. Attic fans and bathroom exhaust can help avoid this issue and maintain proper temperature in this part of the house.