Sugar Land Roofing: Article About Signs A Shingle Roof Needs Repaired
Shingle roofs typically have lifespans of between 10 and 20 years. However, severely adverse weather and lack of regular maintenance can significantly shorten the lifespan of Sugar Land roofing. Therefore, it is imperative that homeowners maintain vigilance when viewing their roofs.
One of the weakest points on a shingle roof is the metal flashing that surrounds chimneys and external structures on the roof. It is a metal strip designed to create a water tight seal between the shingles and external roofing features. When flashing becomes bent, dented or corroded, the watertight seal is compromised. This will eventually lead to leaks in the roof, and if the leaks are high on the roof, they may be difficult to find because water travels along the path of least resistance. This could lead to the appearance of water spots much lower than the location of the leak.
The second sign that a roof may need replaced is the presence of damaged or broken asphalt shingles. If the shingles are curled, missing granules, cracked or broken, there is a good chance that they need to be replaced.
The third sign that a shingle roof may need repaired or replaced is the presence of moss.
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Moss appears on asphalt shingles as a green discoloration. This is a sign that water is standing on the roof long enough for moss to form. If the moss infestation is severe enough, the roots can penetrate the shingles and erode the tar paper. If the moss is left to worsen, the structural integrity of the roof could become compromised.
Dark spots, streaks and discoloration indicates that the shingles are missing a significant portion of their asphalt granules. The granules are designed to protect the shingles from sun damage. As shingles age, the granules naturally fall from the shingles. However, if a significant portion of the granules are missing, it can create areas where water puddles and penetrates into the deeper structures of the roof.
The last item homeowners should check are their gutters. Gutters and downspouts should be firmly attached with no gaps, and they should be free of debris. If there are gaps between the gutters and roof, water could travel down the home's exterior walls, causing water damage to the drywall and structural components of the house. Clogged gutters can lead to water backing up onto the roof and getting under the shingles. This can cause excessive wear and tear at the edges of the roof and cause the fascia to rot.