8 Tips For Recognizing Roof Problems

Your roof is one of the most important parts of your home. But, it is often hard to know when your roof is in trouble. The professionals at Patriot Roofing Services can help you keep an eye on your roof. But how do you know when it is time to call a roofing professional? Well, here are 10 things that could indicate a troubled roof.

1. Is Your Roof Old?

Most roofs only last between 20 and 25 years.  When a roof gets close to the end of its life, you may start to see missing shingles, curling, or dark/dirty areas on the roof.  If your roof is older than 20 tears or you are seeing warning signs it is time for a roof inspection.

2. Are there Dark or Dirty Areas on Your Roof?

Darker areas usually appear when granules begin to fall off shingles.  This means your shingles have aged and need replacing. Dark patches could also mean there is algae or moss growth on your roof, which should be removed as quickly as possible.

3. Are There Missing Shingles?

This could be due to storm damage, or it may be because your roof is past its prime.  When shingles become loose or fall off, the area becomes exposed and often leads to roof leaks.

4. Are There Signs of Water Damage Inside the Home or Attic

If you have water leaking into any parts of your home or attic, there is a good chance that your roof is in trouble. If you are seeing water stains on your ceiling or attic, call Patriot Roofing Services to find the source of the problem.

5. Are There Granules or Sand in Your Driveway?

Did you know your gutters can help identify roofing problems? When roof shingles are damaged or are beyond their useful life, they will start to lose the granule covering that helps protect your home.  These granules will wash into your home’s gutters and into your yard or driveway. When these granules disappear, your roof’s ability to protect your home is limited.

6. Your Shingles Look… Funny

Shingles that are damaged or have reached the end of their useful life will start to curl, crack or blister.  If your roof shingles are damaged, you may start to notice that your roof just looks weird.  Some areas may look highly textured compared to others.  Your roof may even look “bumpy” from the ground. These issues may be signs your roof needs repair or replacement.

 7. Your Roof is Sagging

A sagging roof could mean several things: your roof could be weak and deteriorating; it could have been improperly installed, or it might be supporting too much weight. Whatever the case, roof sagging is a clear sign that your roof needs to be replaced and it could even possibly collapse.  

8. Increase in Heating or Cooling Bills

An increase in heating/cooling costs could mean many different roofing issues.  For starters, moisture in your attic from a leak can quickly ruin your insulation. If your insulation is damaged, you could face heat loss during the winter or cold air loss during the summer.  If unchecked, your energy bills may skyrocket. Also, it could mean your home has attic ventilation or a damaged/leaky roof that lets bad air in and good air out.

Keeping an eye on your roof can save you money in the long run. If you see any of these tell-tale roofing problems, call the licensed and insured professionals at Patriot Roofing Services at (904) 413-7725. 







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