Today’s article we are concentrating on what needs to be done and what you should do to ensure the integrity of your asphalt shingle roof. A lot of the time a homeowner will ask the question.. What exactly are some signs that my roof requires assistance.
We are hoping to give all of our readers some insight as to what to look for within their roof and also to be able to identify if it requires maintenance. Firstly start by inspecting for leaks you can see these from inside the house normally, look for patches and or dark or brown spots on your roof. If in the case you have sprung a leak moisture will build up and leave brown like stains. A good place to identify these problems is around vented areas in the roof. IE chimneys, vents, breather holes, bathroom fans etc. If none of these very immediate signs are present we suggest inspecting the actual inside of your attic, this can be achieved with a ladder, find the attic entry point and bring a flashlight. Once inside look for areas of mil-due and or patches of od looking or colored stains on the plywood roof floor. Now in the case you don’t have any areas similar to that of we are talking about than you may still have a leak free roof.
In the case you do see areas similar to that of what we talked about we suggest you get in touch with a roofing company that can come out and assess the situation further. A qualified roofing professional may be able to seal a hole and also assess the condition of your shingles. The roofing specialist will identify what is causing the leak and than be able to really explain the situation in further depth. The second part of our suggested list is to do a full outdoors check, you will require a ladder for a similar job. We suggest getting onto the roof and inspecting the condition of the shingles themselves, most asphalt shingles hold a 20 year warranty however if it appears that the asphalt rocks are peeling off of the actual shingle this is a good sign they may need to be replaced earlier. Signs of advanced wear are normally very easy to spot. It’s also a goo time to really look for indications of any existing moisture, rot, or mildew on your roof. Any time a wet spot is present underneath your shingles it creates and optimum growing condition for rot and any type of mold (exactly what you don’t want growing in your home).