The roofs over our heads could quite easily fall into the category of “out of sight, out of mind”, when it comes to home ownership. However, the dangers of an aging roof are many, and if not properly inspected and maintained, can lead to major damage to your home.
Roofs take the brunt of the brutal elements around us-frequently pummeled by rain, snow, wind and even hail, and then exposed to constant UV rays from the sun year-round, it’s impressive that they last as long as they do.
The dangers of an aging roof are numerous, and there are signs that can help you identify that it’s time to call in a professional to assist you with maintaining this important aspect of your home.
One of the most important things to remember when you perform gutter cleaning or you are inspecting your roof is that you don’t necessarily need to climb on it to inspect it. You can utilize binoculars from the ground, or, if your roof is aging greatly, you could notice signs indoors that your roof is in need of attention.
Some dangers or signals of an aging roof include:
1. Damage to shingles, such as missing shingles, broken or torn shingles, or shingles that appear to have lost the granules on them, leaving bald areas on shingles are a danger, as they can allow moisture into the next layer of your roof.
2. Older roofs can pose a danger to the interior of your home by allowing the leaking of water into your attic. Since most home owners don’t frequent their attics, you may not realize that your attic is leaking until you notice it further down into your home.
3. Aging roofs can also cause poor roof ventilation, which leads to condensation being trapped between layers of your roofing and underlayment, leading to mold and deterioration of your roof, as well as damage to the flashing on your roof and around your chimney.
4. Ice buildup is a common danger of an aging roof. These ice buildups, or ice dams, allow frozen water to build up and then leak into your attic. If this happens, rotting in your roof can occur.
5. Roofs that are older can also cause paint peeling, fading and blistering both inside and outside of your home. This is a common symptom of your roof causing your attic to have improper air flow and ventilation.
6. Another danger that aging roofs cause is damage to your homes walls and ceilings. If you notice stains like mold or mildew on the inside of your home, you’ll want to contact a roofing professional.
7. High utility bills are also a danger of aging roofs. The above listed perils of an aging roof such as excessive water leaking into the house, poor attic ventilation and condensation call all force your furnace and air conditioning systems to work far less efficiently than if your roof was in good condition.
The best way to make an aging roof safer is to contact a roofing professional, who can provide a thorough inspection of your roofing system and offer many suggestions to make your roof stronger, improved and more efficient.