Here’s how to look for signs of roof damage this winter
The Phoenix metro area is home to many different types of roofs: tile, shingle, flat, and foam. Yet, for all roofs here in the Valley, here’s one thing that’s true: winter is a good time to have a professional check your roof for signs of damage from the long, hot summer. In this article, we’ll review how you can check for signs of roof damage this winter, and when you need to call in the professionals.
Keep up with the state of your roof
Too many homeowners simply take their roof for granted, not thinking too much about the very thing that (arguably) makes their house a home. Your roof is what keeps you dry, keeps your home cool in the summer, and more. A damaged roof is a damaged shield: water can get into the roof and start to compromise the structural integrity of the entire system.
This doesn’t mean you need to check your roof on a daily basis. However, we recommend that you take a look around your home at regular intervals to make sure there’s no obvious signs of damage.
Signs you can observe from the inside of your home
The most obvious sign of roof damage you can observe from inside your house is water leaking through the roof and into your house. However, the water doesn’t always make it down into your living space. Sometimes it pools in between the roof and the plaster of your ceiling, in which case you may notice discoloration or sagging.
Signs you can observe from out in the yard
As we’ve discussed before, we don’t recommend climbing up on your own roof. It’s extremely dangerous! However, there are warning signs of roof damage you can look for while still keeping your two feet on the ground. If you can’t see well from a distance, a pair of binoculars can help:
- Missing shingles or tiles; you may find them in your yard, you may be able to see gaps on your roof
- Rusted gutters
- Mold growth at a junction with an exterior wall
- An excessive amount of shingle granules in downspouts
Signs a roofer can see from the roof itself
During your free roofing checkup from the professionals at KY-KO Roofing, here are just some of the things our team will be looking for:
- Shingles or tiles that are discolored, dirty, or wet-looking
- Cracked or missing shingles or tiles
- Shingles that are missing most of their granules
- Moss or algae growing on the roof
- Rotting shingles with holes in them
- Curled or warped shingles
Contact KY-KO for a free roofing checkup
If you suspect that your roof has been damaged or has a leak, now’s the time to call KY-KO Roofing before things potentially get worse. We offer free roofing checkups here in the Valley. Have one of our expert roofers inspect your roof and determine if there’s signs of roof damage and if you need roof repair.