2 Things Your Roof Wants To Tell You

When home maintenance issues take you off guard, you might wish that you could have a heart-to-heart with your appliances, plumbing network, or roof. But what would they tell you if they could talk? Here are two things your roof wants to tell you and why:

1: "A little attention would be nice."

When you make your list of spring-cleaning chores, you might zero-in on that dirty front porch or focus on your cabinets. Unfortunately, most people don't realize that roofs need to be maintained too. If your roof could talk, it might ask you to keep an eye out for the following problems:

  • Missing Shingles: If the wind picks up or hail starts falling, it might spell trouble for your shingles. Impact can crack individual asphalt shingles, and the wind can carry them away. Unfortunately, if you don't replace shingles right away, water might seep into the area and damage underlying materials.    
  • Problems With Flashing: Flashing is installed underneath the shingles in the valleys along your roof, and around foreign objects like windowpanes, chimneys, and vent work. Unfortunately, if your flashing has been damaged by extreme weather or corrosion, it might not be able to protect your home from moisture.   

To check for problems, inspect your roof carefully for signs of damage. If you don't feel comfortable climbing a ladder and walking around on your roof, grab a pair of binoculars and perform a visual inspection from the ground.

2: "Watch that landscaping!"

Paying attention to the health of your shingles isn't the only work you should be doing outside. Believe it or not, poorly kept landscaping can damage your roof too. Here are a few outdoor villains that could spell trouble for your shingles:               

  • Falling Leaves: When tree branches extend over your roof, leaves can collect in your rain gutters. In addition to weighing down your gutters and potentially ripping them off of your house, collected leaves can impede proper water drainage and make water pool under your shingles.  
  • Rogue Ivy: If you let ivy grow on your home's facade, it can eventually make its way onto your roof, where it can lift shingles and punch holes through membranes.

To keep your landscaping from causing trouble, keep your trees well trimmed and never plant vines or ivy anywhere close to your home.

Although your roof might not be able to open up and share its deepest secrets, you might be able to avoid trouble by looking for context clues. If you notice physical damage caused by impact, landscaping, or water, contact a roofing company like ACE Roofing as soon as possible.