The signs your roofing system is encountering issues aren’t always obvious. In fact, most warning signs rarely manifest as surface problems; half of them appear well within the actual roof structure, making it difficult to assess its true conditions.
In this post, Krech Exteriors lists four not-so-obvious warning signs your roof needs repair work soon.
1. Aging Roof
If you don’t have a general idea of your roof’s age, the warning signs that manifest in old roofs would tend to fall beyond your radar. As a general rule, asphalt shingles have an average service life of 15 to 20 years. By its 20th year, it’s going to show signs of poor performance and will require more extensive roofing repair, which can be expensive as replacement. If that’s the case, then you should consider replacing it.
2. Problems With the Chimney Flashing
The chimney flashing is one of the more miserable parts of the roof, partly due to its location. The chimney itself is one of its more vulnerable parts, so it’s important that its flashing remains in good condition throughout the year. If not, you’ll need to have repairs done to maintain this component or replace it completely.
3. Daylight Coming From the Roof Boards
This is another hidden warning sign. Daylight coming from the roof boards is a sign that the surface of the roof might not be as secure anymore. Specifically, the underlying decking has rotted, likely because of moisture damage. This will require more in-depth repairs compared to other problems.
4. Missing Shingles
Finally, don’t discount missing shingles as simply due to strong winds. The roof shingles will lose its stability and waterproofing texture over time, and you’ll know it’s up when it starts feeling loose. Missing shingles can also be due to extra weight coming from clogged gutters that are pulling the roof down with their extra weight.
Krech Exteriors, one of the most trusted contractors in the area, can inspect your roof for hidden structural issues. Call us at (651) 968-8888 to learn more about our roofing services. We serve Minneapolis and St. Paul.