Keep reading to learn more about some common roofing problems found in Texas!
There are a plethora of roofing materials used to put roofs over our heads, and while they do a great job protecting our homes, belongings, and loved ones, they aren’t infallible to deterioration. That’s why it’s incredibly important that you regularly check for deteriorated roofing materials through a roof inspection from Alden Roofing. Until then, let’s talk about some common types of roof material deterioration to look out for.
Asphalt and wood shingles are prone to deteriorating over time, and they can also be compromised by strong elements like wind, hail, and other extreme forces of nature. When it comes to determining whether or not your roof is suffering from damaged shingles, you can look for these indicators:
- Curled shingles
- Broken shingles
- Missing shingles
- Torn shingles
- Cupped shingles
However, in addition to the visual indicators of broken or damaged shingles, there is another problem that needs to be inspected for. See, shingles feature what are called granules, and they serve to protect the shingles from UV light which is emitted by the sun, and they make the shingles more fire resistant. If a shingle is “bald,” it means that it has lost those protective granules that are so important for optimal shingle function.
Occasionally, in the event of shingle damage, you can get by if you replace only the affected area, but more often than not, damaged shingles require a roof repair or a roof replacement.
Most commonly, skylights get damaged by hail or other high-impact interactions, causing the glass to crack. In this case, water can leak into your home and roof structure, causing irreversible damage. Best case scenario? Sometimes, we can replace only a skylight’s glass and you’ll be good to go. However, more often than not, you’ll need Alden Roofing to install an entirely new skylight in your roof.
We honestly take our gutters for granted! They perform such a vital service — moving the water off our roofs and away from our homes. Without gutters (or with damaged gutters) you run the risk of moisture damage and leaks in your home. What’s more, a faulty gutter system could actually flood your basement level!
So what are some problems to look for? For one, CLEAN YOUR GUTTERS REGULARLY! A perfectly made gutter system can be worthless if it’s completely stopped-up with leaves, twigs, and who knows what else! But in addition to gutters being clogged, dented or bent gutters, punctured gutters, and gutters that have pulled away from or fallen off of the roof can be a major problem.
The solution? Alden Roofing will happily inspect your gutter system, and then we can clean, repair, or replace your gutters depending on your home’s needs.
If you have missing or damaged roof flashing, you’ll want the experts at Alden Roofing to repair your damaged flashing or replace/install if that’s what your roof needs.
If there is a major wind or hail storm, it’s worth getting your roof inspected. Wind can literally blow sections of your roof off (worst case scenario) or it could blow off a few shingles! And hail has major potential to cause damage to everything from shingles to skylights to gutters.
These are also conditions that can cause roof leaks, which you should be on the lookout for. Specifically, check for discoloration of paint/drywall, paint bubbling, and/or water stains. However, please note that sometimes these symptoms won’t be present when you’re doing a personal inspection for leaks. The only way to be certain that your roof is safe is to have some professionals do an in-depth inspection of your roof and it’s components.
And if you’re interested in learning more about some common roofing problems in Texas, check out our official resource page on the topic!