In roof maintenance, the riskiest thing you could do is to adopt a reactive approach. Performing repairs only when there’s already a major leak or a severe case of missing shingles makes your home easily vulnerable to water damage. Since your roof normally sends subtle signals when there’s a problem, failing to spot hard-to-see red flags could spell disaster sooner than later.
To know when to schedule a roof repair even when there are no signs that it’s necessary, Campopiano Roofing shares the clues to watch out for:
- YOUR ROOF’S 25TH YEAR If your asphalt shingle roof is already in its mid-20s, you should be on the lookout for issues. At this stage, it’s already past its prime and more susceptible to damage. You can’t afford to skip routine maintenance because your aging roof could give up on you in the middle of winter. For all you know, it could be one storm away from failure. If it is still in good condition but has small problems, then minor fixes could suffice to make it serviceable for five to 10 more years.
- GRANULE-FILLED GUTTER SYSTEM Seeing granules in the gutters and downspouts indicate that your shingles are shedding their protective covering. Apart from their main source of charm, asphalt shingles use granules as primary defense against destructive ultraviolet radiation. Granules normally fall off when the shingles are new, but roof repair may be essential when the older ones are in question.
- MUSTY ATTIC Must is the smell of mold invasion, which could point to either roof leakage or poor attic ventilation. Mold needs wet areas to grow, and the dampening generally happens because of condensation or water intrusion. If you suddenly have colonies of mold around your home, have your roofing system professionally inspected immediately.
- SOAKED INSULATION Clumped insulation is one of the surprising dangers of having a leaky roof. Water and insulation can’t mix, the former depletes the latter’s performance until it dries out. If you put off essential roof repair, chronic water leakage could render your attic insulation ineffective for good.
Develop a routine maintenance plan for your roofing system with Campopiano Roofing. Call us today at (330) 425-1285 to request for a FREE, on-site estimate. We serve Cleveland, OH, and nearby areas in Ohio.