April showers bring May flowers—but spring weather can bring damage to your house. The Terre Haute roofing experts at Rogers know all about it.
Heavy rains, strong winds, hail, or even tornadoes—in the spring, it’s hard to predict what the sky will offer up. That’s why it’s important for Wabash Valley homeowners to be vigilant for signs of roof damage.
Early signs of roof damage can be as subtle as shingle particles showing up in gutters. On a nice spring day, it’s a good idea to climb a ladder and take a close look at what’s happening overhead.
Clues Your Roof Needs Help
- Cracked or misshapen shingles. When shingles show visible damage, such as cracks or curling, it’s a pretty good indication that they’re reaching the end of their effectiveness. Nothing lasts forever, and that includes shingles. Asphalt shingles have an average lifespan of 20 to 40 years. Fiberglas shingles can last 50 years or more. Wood or shake shingles last about 30 years. Metal or stone roofs typically last 50 to 100 years. These projections are all for optimal conditions with regular maintenance, so your mileage may vary. If your roof is near the end of its projected lifespan, signs of wear are inevitable.
- Missing shingles. As with damaged shingles, missing shingles are a sign that professional attention is needed, and the sooner, the better. Sections of roof with missing shingles lack full protection from wind and precipitation, and this could result in damaging leaks and, eventually, mold.
- Discolored shingles. If shingles appear too dark, it may be a sign of moisture saturation. Wet shingles are ineffective protection for your home, as they take in water rather than offering a shield against it.
- Damage to exterior paint. If the paint on a house’s exterior blisters or peels, a leaky roof may be the culprit.
Signs of Roof Damage Common To Terre Haute Homes
- Discolored ceilings or walls. When a roof loses its protective ability, water can get into the home, and one of the first signs of this is a discolored area of the ceiling. Water stains may show up as yellow or gray patches that expand with time. It’s critically important not to ignore signs of water incursion into the home, as these may be an early warning for structural failure.
- Light leaks. If the light can get into your attic on a sunny day, you can rest assured that water can penetrate, too.
- Literal drops in the bucket. It goes without saying: If you’re laying out bowls and buckets each time it rains, your roof is crying for help. The good news is that this may not indicate a need for roof replacement; a small area of damage, such as a puncture or a wind-damaged corner, can let in a lot of the wet stuff.
If you experience any of these signs, it’s a good idea to contact a roofing professional who can assess the damage and offer a range of solutions to keep your home structurally sound—and to keep your family safe and secure.
Maybe your roof is in great shape. That’s fantastic! Roofs should be made to last. To prolong the life of your roof, be sure to make a habit of inspecting it. Keep gutters clean, and trim any overhanging branches. Remove roof debris, and break up ice dams that develop following a snow. Finally, make sure your attic is well ventilated, as heat and moisture from within can pose the same sorts of threats as the weather.
Need help with any of the above? From regular maintenance and repairs to an entire roof replacement — our Terre Haute roofing team is here to help. Give us a call for a free estimate, and ask us about financing options and our two-year workmanship guarantee.