Making the decision to replace your roof can be difficult, but if you recognize the early warning signs discussed below then you can replace the damaged roof before it becomes a costly emergency repair.
1) Attic Leakage.
During the especially rainy seasons of the year your roof will be battered by thunderstorms and wind. After any major storm it’s always a good idea to take a quick look into the attic and determine if there are any leaks. Keep in mind that even if you can’t see leaks you might be able to hear the subtle sound of dripping water. Attic leakage can be caused simply by wear and tear on the roof and it can also be caused by inadequate installment of the shingles.
2) Damage to the exterior paint.
Peeling and damage to the exterior paint of the house can be caused by any number of things be it wind, water, algae, or mildew. If this is the case a regular power wash and a paint touch up should do the trick, but if you are seeing blistering and peeling on the interior paint of the house it should be more concerning. When a home is not venting humidity properly through the attic, that moisture will be trapped on the interior. To determine if your home is venting humidity properly or needs an improvement on it’s venting capabilities schedule an appointment with Triton Roofing today.
3) Dark patches on the shingles of your roof.
Dark patches are typically a sign of some kind of growth in the roofing material, this could be anything from moss and other vegetation to fungus and mold. If the dark patches are covering a large area then that could be a sign that the shingles protective materials have been compromised. While the presence of stains doesn’t necessarily mean you need to do a full roof replacement it is a major red flag for potential buyers if you are actively trying to sell.
4) Heightened utility bills.
Most home ventilation systems are reliant on the attic to vent hot and cold air efficiently. If cold air is trapped in the attic it can cause damage to the interior frame and it will in turn make the heating system work that much harder to keep your home warm. Conversely, in hot weather the air conditioning unit will be running almost constantly to keep the house cool while that hot air is trapped in the attic. Inside the home the temperature will most likely be pretty comfortable, but when the monthly utility bill comes in those cost spikes can be alarming. The best thing to do in this scenario would be to seek out a consultation with a roofing company like Triton Roofing to figure out where the energy inefficiencies are happening and how to prevent them.
5) Stains from water damage.
After a huge thunderstorm the last thing you want to see inside your home is yellow staining, mold or mildew growth. All these can be a sign of compromised roofing material allowing moisture to seep into the interior of the house. The issue might also have to do again with air ventilation through the attic.