02 Apr Telltale Signs that Your Roof Needs a Repair
Curling, blistering, or buckling shingles
These are all signs of a deteriorating roof, and they are easy to spot since they disrupt the uniform look of a roof. Any of these problems in your shingles is problematic because it leaves the underlying structure of your roof exposed, which can quickly mean water damage in your home.
Shingles tend to curl when they haven’t been stored correctly prior to installation, when they are not installed correctly, and when they have endured years of natural wear and tear.
If you see bubbles or blisters showing up on the surfaces of your shingles, then you have blistering shingles. Shingles tend to blister when moisture has accumulated inside them, when the upper parts of a home are not properly ventilated, after prolonged periods of extreme heat, or when debris has accumulated on the roof.
If the shingles on your roof seem to fold in random places, creating several triangular shaped gaps in your roofing, then buckling shingles are a problem for you. Shingles that do this could indicate poor installation or poor ventilation in the upper areas in your home.
Granules in your gutter
Check your gutters—do you see a large accumulation of asphalt granules in them? This could be attributed to a variety of causes. If you just recently had new shingles installed, these granules may very well be granules that simply weren’t embedded in the shingles during the manufacturing process; this is usually nothing to worry about. But if you’re seeing an unusually large accumulation of granules—more than what natural weathering would cause—then this could indicate low quality asphalt in your shingles, or blistering shingles.
Interior water damage
Water damage on your ceilings can, of course, indicate that you have one of the aforementioned problems with your shingles—buckling, curling, or blistering. It can also be caused by inadequate roof underlayment, unsealed holes, or inadequate sealing around areas like the chimney, valleys, and headwalls. While water damage is often easier to spot than a problem on the surface of your roof, it’s important to note that interior water damage often doesn’t make itself manifest until a significant amount of damage has been done. This is why it’s highly important to have your roof inspected at least twice per year.