How To Tell If Your Roof Needs To Be Repaired Or Replaced

2 December 2016
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Visible leaks and water damage along the ceiling and the top of the walls may occur from roof related damage. Throughout the years the wear and tear of extreme weather conditions may have caused additional damage to your roof. The ability to quickly locate those trouble spots and have them fixed or repaired can save you from a major construction project in the future. The information below provides some details on how to tell if it's time to have your roof repaired or replaced.  

Dealing With Light Spots Through The Roof

If light is penetrating from your roof to various points in your home, it may be a signal that the roof is severely damaged and in need of replacement. The light filtering into the home may mean that there are missing or broken shingles and patches of asphalt has started to wear off. If your roof has a flat surface, it may be advantageous to go onto the roof to check over the light spots. In order to protect the interior of your home from weather damage, if you notice these light spots, you should have them repaired immediately.

Rooftop Algae Growth

Drainage system issues  can create algae growth on your roof, if the gutters and downspouts are clogged up. Downspout systems are designed to carry the rainwater from the roof onto the ground. Once this backs up the water has nowhere to go, therefore it can start to pool in certain spots on the roof. The pools of water on the roof can lead to mold and algae growth. If you notice dark and greenish stains, it's possible that the elevated humidity in the air has led to the growth of algae. This can eat through your roof and damage the materials, causing them to rot. For this reason, once you notice that green matter on the roof, it's essential to have it fixed right away.

Roof Flashing Units

Flashing units on the roof are made of aluminum or galvanized steel materials. The purpose of the roof flashing is to provide a cover of the joints on the roof. The coverings prevent water from leaking through the materials and leaking into the home. Caulking has to be applied to all flashing units and sealed off to hold the roofing materials in place securely. However, if the flashing hasn't been installed properly or has been damaged during heavy rainy days lots of water can flow in the home.

If you notice any of these issues with your home's roof, contact a contractor, such as Yorkstate Roofing, as soon as possible to avoid further damage.