Winston Salem Roofing: Article About Signs A Residential Roof Needs Replacement
Homeowners should remain vigilant in looking for wear and tear on their roofs to prevent excessively costly replacements of structural components as well as their roofing. Asphalt shingles are designed to last a certain number of years. However, severe weather, lack of maintenance and improper installation can cause asphalt shingles to wear out faster than normal. Homeowners should regularly inspect their roofs for missing granules and bent, broken or curled shingles. When asphalt shingles near the end of their useful lives, they start to lose granules and bend. If the shingles are left on the roof, the structural components of the roof can become compromised, leaving the homeowner with substantial roof replacement costs.
A great time for homeowners to check the integrity of their Winston Salem roofing is right after a rainstorm. After the rainstorm, homeowners should go up into their attic with a flashlight and look for leaks. If water spots or drips are found, there is a good chance that the roof needs to be repaired.
Homeowners should also look for dark spots or streaks across their shingles. This is a sign that water has been standing on the roof for longer than normal, and mold and mildew could be infiltrating the shingles.
The presence of moss is also an indication that the shingle roof is nearing the end of its useful life.
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Moss appears green and can typically be found on areas of the roof that face north. Moss holds water, and when that water freezes and thaws, it expands and contracts, causing further damage to the shingles and the underlayment. Once the underlayment is damaged, water can penetrate the decking and cause structural damage.
Additionally, homeowners should look for mold, mildew and water spots on their ceilings and in bathrooms. If water spots are found on the ceiling or excessive mold and mildew is located in the bathroom and recurs after cleaning, the roof should be considered a potential culprit. When water leaks into a residential home from the roof, mold and mildew start to penetrate the home, and cleaning the surfaces does not rid the home of the problem. Instead, solving the mold and mildew problem starts with replacing the roof.
Utility bills that suddenly increase could be a sign that the asphalt roof needs to be replaced. When heat is trapped in the attic, heating and cooling bills tend to rise. The trapped heat can also melt the snow on the roof, causing ice dams, which can quickly deteriorate shingles and cause substantial roofing damage.