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The Telling Signs of Poor Roof Health that Homeowners Should Never Take Lightly

by Marquette Turner Luxury Homes

in Features, Trades & Utilities, Variety

Roofs are so reliable that homeowners often forget about the need to look after it. However, you need to look after the roof well to enjoy its full life without any problems. You must monitor the roof health closely by arranging for an annual roof inspection by a roofing company, such as Anchor Edina, so that it is possible to check damages and detect it early to carry out timely repairs for avoiding bigger problems. A professional roof inspection is most beneficial because the report gives a clear picture of roof health by pointing out the damages and threats that enable homeowners to act quickly to set things right and avoid larger spending by allowing the damages to persist.  

Roof damage causes

Besides the elements of weather, which cause the most damage to roofs, normal wear and tear, and the extent of footfalls on the roof are the other reasons for roof damage.  More footfalls mean faster and more wear and tear. Poor roofing material is another reason for untimely roof damage, which can aggravate due to poor maintenance or the lack of it. The third reason for roof damage is poor installation, which though not very common, can cause roof leakage. Improper flashing joints that create gaps can cause water seepage through the roof.

Assorted colour roof tiles - Photo by Jack Price-Burns on Unsplash - Marquette Turner Luxury Homes
Photo by Jack Price-Burns on Unsplash

The signs of roof damage are often quite visible.

Paint peeling and cracking

Paint peeling off or cracking along the ceiling or in areas along the juncture of the walls and roof is a warning sign for homeowners because it can happen due to water leaking through the roof. Bloated wooden panels mean that water that found its way from the roof has damaged the woodwork. Carefully inspect the roof corners that are most affected by water leakage.

Stains on ceiling and walls

Sometimes you might see unsightly coffee marks in some parts of the ceiling or on parts of the walls that lie close to the roof. This can happen if the roof leakage is big enough to allow water to penetrate through the roof material and reach the lowest layer that gradually appears as watermarks on the inner walls. On diagnosing the problem, you will discover that it is the result of moisture transmission from the rainwater stagnation on the roof for a long time that gathered dirt and debris and created the colored patches.

Smell of molds

When the roof surface stays moist for a long time, it provides the most conducive environment for molds and algae growth that can have devastating effects on roof health. The moisture in the roof, together with soil, dust, and debris, provides the nutrients for molds and algae that spread fast across the roof surface and even affects the home interiors if allowed to persist for a long time. The interiors become polluted with a mold-like smell that gradually spreads across the building.  Repairing the leakages on the roof should help to stem the rot and improve roof life.

The sooner you act on detecting any of these signs, the easier it is to ensure longer roof life.

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