Not All Roof Damage is Obvious
There are some unmistakable signs that you need a roofer pronto. For example, if a hurricane caused a large tree branch to become lodged in your roof, you would not hesitate to call Dynasty Building Solutions immediately. Most of the time, however, the signs that you need to call your roofing company can be more subtle. Since roof damage can turn into water damage, mold, and other major problems here in the hot and humid Tampa area, it’s important to be alert for some of the following issues so you will know to call us for an inspection, a roof repair , or even a roof replacement. Here are some signs that you should get in touch as soon as feasible.
Water Stains on Your Walls or Ceilings
If you’re noticing dampness or water stains on your ceilings or interior walls, this is a clear sign that you have a leak somewhere. Of course, the leak might not be from your roof, so it pays to do a little bit of investigative work. You might have a leak caused by condensation on your central air vents, for example, or you might be dealing with a dripping pipe in an upstairs bathroom. If you can’t quickly detect where the water is coming from, however, it’s wise to get a roof inspection done promptly.
As you probably know, water damage in Southwest Florida is likely to turn into mold pretty quickly, and water stains on the ceiling are a good indication that you’ve got at least some minor water damage. If the stains have been there since you moved in and they haven’t gotten any worse, then chances are good that you don’t have an urgent problem, but if they feel damp or if they seem to be growing, that’s an issue that needs to be addressed right away.
Dripping or Leaking During Rainstorms
The downpours in this part of Florida during the rainy season can be impressive, but they should not cause any dripping or leaking in your attic. If you haven’t been in the attic in a while, try to check it during the next afternoon storm to make sure that you don’t see or hear any dripping or leaking. Shine a flashlight into the corners to check it visually; only go into the attic if you are sure you can do so safely. If you see, hear, or feel water coming in, call us right away so we can see what the problem is.
In some cases, a leak in the attic will mean that you need the roof replaced, but other times, it will only require a repair. Better to get it addressed as soon as possible to prevent further damage that can lead to a more extensive (and expensive) solution.
Missing, Torn, or Curled Shingles
If you can use a ladder safely to check your roof or if you can see parts of it from the ground, watch for missing, torn, or curled asphalt shingles. When a shingle is damaged, it can allow water to penetrate the underlayment or the wood beneath. In many cases, a simple repair is all that is needed, but you will need to have an inspection. Remember that since water flows from the peak of the roof down toward the lower elevations, torn shingles toward the top of the roof could be causing damage down below. Let one of our inspectors take a look and see whether there is any damage that needs to be addressed.
Damp or Darkened Shingles
Similarly, if you see one section of asphalt shingles that are darkened or that feel damp when the rest of the roof is dry, you’ll want to have that checked. If shingles are holding onto moisture, it could mean that the material underneath is wet, which is a problem. All of your shingles should look about the same; if one area looks different in any way, that is a sign that an inspection and possibly a repair is needed.
Tiny Black Rocks in Your Gutter
When you clean out your gutter, it’s normal to find leaves, small twigs, and some dirt. If you are seeing what looks like a lot of tiny black rocks or coarse black sand in your gutter, however, that is a sign that the granules, which is the material on asphalt shingles, is washing off. This is a sign that the roof is degrading and will likely need to be replaced soon.
Pinpoints of Light Shining Into Your Attic or Upper Level
Your roof should be creating a seal that water can’t get through. If there are parts where you can see pinpoints of light (or, worse, larger swaths of light) shining through, water might be able to get through those same spots. On a sunny day, go up into your attic access and look around in the dark, leaving the light off. Any sunlight peeking through should warrant a call for a roof inspection.
Dynasty Building Solutions is the roofing company in Tampa that you can depend on to perform thorough inspections, repair services when feasible, and roof replacements when needed. Contact us if you believe that you might be having a problem with your roof.<