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Residential Roof Damage

Roof Damage can be very costly. Because your roof is on top of your house and out of sight, it can go neglected for years. Under normal circumstances, your roof should be inspected once a year at the very least. If you suspect any roof damage after a storm, however, you should hire a professional roof service to inspect your roof as soon as possible. A damaged roof can be a pain to fix, but it can cause even more severe damage to the rest of your home if left in disrepair.

Hail Damage – The effects of hail roof damage can differ according to a range of factors: hail size, wind speed, wind direction, the material of the roof, age of materials, and slope all affect the possible roof damage that occurs during a hail storm. Hail damage is bad for a roof when it leads to roof leaks and other issues.

Storm Damage – Strong winds, heavy rains, scorching sun, and massive snowfall – your home’s roof takes a beating 365 days a year. The cumulative effect of all these annual and relentless weather events can cause leaks that create significant roof damage and can impact your home’s interior.

Wind Damage – Some of the biggest dangers of wind storms are the deterioration of your shingles and the possibility of debris falling onto your roof and damaging it. Shingles can lift, come off, be punctured, and leave spots open for leaks to come to the next rainstorm.

Five Signs of Roof Leaks in Austin, Texas

Having a sturdily constructed roof is essential for keeping problematic leaks at bay. Regular inspections of your roof are important when it comes to ensuring the efficacy of the structure. A good roof is an investment, and in order to protect it, being aware of these five common factors can help to keep your roof in good working order for years and help you avoid emergency roof leak repair. 

1. Stains

Stains can be noticed from inside your house. Discolored or abnormal spots on walls or ceilings can be signs of a leak. While stains in the middle of ceilings can be obvious, there are other places that must be checked as well to maintain the integrity of the home. Any doors or windows could have subtle signs of staining and leakage around the areas where they are sealed. Vents, as well as ventilation fans in bathrooms can be prone to leaks as well, so it is good to check these spots around your home for signs of staining. 

2. Mold

Mold is bad for your home and for your health. When a leaky roof lets in unwanted water, it can provide mold with a warm, wet, dark environment; the perfect conditions for it to thrive. Mold spores can be especially problematic for anyone with respiratory conditions or allergies. If you notice any signs of mold, tracing it back to its source could lead you to a leak in your roof. 

3. Distorted or Damaged Shingles

When it comes to Austin roof leak repair, a common problem that leads to leaks is shingles that become damaged, distorted, or lost. Extreme weather is often the culprit: heavy rains can cause shingles to warp and hail has been known to puncture them. When this occurs, water can travel through your home before it becomes apparent inside, so it’s essential to have damaged or distorted shingles repaired quickly to prevent large-scale damage to your home. 

4. Gutter Issues

While gutters are helpful when it comes to proper drainage, they can also lead to problematic leaks if they are not properly maintained. Blocked, rusted, or broken gutters can cause water to backup, and overflow in areas where it is not meant to. Keeping up to date with your gutters can save you time, effort, and storm damage roof repair.

5. Flashing Damage

Flashing is vital when it comes to protecting the integrity of your roof.  Spots near chimneys and vents are protected by flashing. When flashing succumbs to rust and breakages, it can, in turn, compromise the roof and walls of a home. When water gets in through these areas, it can seep into the faming of a home and cause further damage. To prevent this, keeping a close eye on flashing with regular inspections can go a long way in preventing these issues. 

Keep An Eye On Your Roof 

Knowing your roof’s age is crucial — as it protects you from extreme damage when the time comes. The old ones have to be replaced on time for safety reasons – so if you didn’t install your own roof, know how old it is by checking with an inspection report when you bought your house and keeping an eye out for any cracks or signs of aging

Spot-check your roof twice a year, once in spring, once in fall. Be sure to use a ladder safely by verifying the area is safe to access and avoid trouble spots. Check the attic for damage signs too! don’t risk a serious injury from a fall if you need help, don’t hesitate to contact an experience roofing contractor for free inspection.

What’s going on in the Neighborhood? — Remember If your neighbors are getting work done on their roofs, your neighborhood was likely built at the same time and has been through the same weather conditions. Consider that it may be time to preform a roof inspection.

After Heavy Winds or a Hail Storm — check for exterior damage as soon as it’s safe.

What Roof Damage Looks Like

Attic leaks

Check your attic after severe weather. A leak could mean some shingles are damaged, the underlayment — a protective barrier between your shingles and the plywood of your roof — has failed, or flashing — the material that seals joints on your roof — has deteriorated.

Blistering or peeling paint

Poor ventilation may cause moisture to get trapped in your house, which may cause exterior paint to peel and blister.

Ceiling and wall stains

Leaks from outside the house or moisture trapped inside it can cause stains and possibly mold or mildew.

Sheathing decay

Another issue with poor ventilation and moisture in your layers of roofing materials is the decay of sheathing — also called decking — which is the layer of plywood that forms the foundation of your roof. If you notice a sagging ceiling, broken gutters, leaks or missing patches of shingles, your sheathing may be damaged.

Dark streaks

It may look like dirt, but dark stains on your shingles may be moss, lichen, or blue-green algae. This may not require a new roof, but if and when you do replace your shingles, ask for StainGuard® and StainGuard® Plus protection

Shingle damage

When shingles reach the end of their useful life, you may notice they fall off or become cracked, brittle or curled, which means it may be time for a new roof.

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Three Common Types of Roof Damage

Weak Flashing: When a roof has developed a leak, the flashing has likely been damaged or cracked. Flashing is thin bits of metal installed below shingles and joints to create a barrier to keep the water out. If the flashing has been damaged and no longer appropriately fastened, it will not be water-resistant. Tar is used to seal flashing and corrode over time, leaving your roof vulnerable to water leaks.

Wind Damage: During storms, damaged flashing can cause shingles to blow off and seams to open. As wind damage gets worse, it can compound the cost of roofing repair and maintenance.

Water Damage: Leaks generally occur due to storm damage such as heavy rainfall, hail, or snow accumulation. If you live in an area that sees heavy storms, high winds, and hail, you should consider having your roof inspected for damage after every significant storm.

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