Roofing problems can occur at anytime. It does not matter how old your roofing system is. Problems can arise from the weather, age, or even debris. While you may not always be aware of roofing problems right when they happen, you should inspect your roof often for signs of damage. Experts recommend having your roof inspected at least twice a year. If you live in an area that experiences severe weather or your roof is getting towards the end of its life, you should have it inspected more often. A roofing professional will be able to identify signs that your roof is experiencing issues that aren't always visible to you. In between inspections, you should be paying attention to signs that your roof needs to be repaired. Here are some things you should look for.
Wet Attic Insulation
If you find that the insulation in your attic is wet, you have a moisture problem. This happens when air from the outside gets into your attic. You are likely to see this more often in the winter. As the cold air from the outside seeps into your warm attic, it will start to retain more moisture. Warm air holds more water than cold air. You have a leak somewhere in your roofing system if your insulation is wet. It is important that you fix this quickly or you could end up with mold, dry rot, and more.
Roofing Shingles in Your Gutters
One of the biggest enemies of your roof is the weather. Wind, rain, and other adverse weather conditions can cause your shingles to get damaged on your roof. Many times, the shingles and granules can end up in your gutter system. As more and more shingles start to get damaged, leaks could develop in your roof that could lead to moisture damage in the interior of your home. The shingle pieces can also clog up your gutter system, leaving the water runoff nowhere else to go. Instead of pushing the water runoff to a safe place, it will start to accumulate around the foundation of your home. As more and more pressure builds up on the foundation, you could end up experiencing flooding at the bottom of your home too.
Flashing is used on a roof at the joints to prevent water from penetrating into the home. It also allows your roofing materials to contract and expand as needed. When your flashing gets damaged, the water is able to enter the home much easier. You can find your roof flashing at intersecting roof areas. You may also be able to find it around any skylights or chimneys on your roof.
For more information, contact a roof contractor like A1 Everlast Construction.