May 6, 2021

9 Telltale Signs of a Damaged Roof

9 Signs Your Roof is Trouble: What You Should Watch Out For

No one wants to think about their roof, but for those of us in Melbourne who live in a wet climate, it is something that we need to be thinking about.

A leaking roof can cause damage throughout the home and lead to expensive repairs. That's why you should keep an eye out for these 9 signs your roof may have issues!

For most of us, our roof is a place we rarely go. And for those that do, it's usually just to change the air filter or clean leaves from the gutters once in a while.

But your roof might be in trouble and you don't even know it! So before any major issues happen, listen up and read these 9 signs your roof might need help:
1) The shingles are curling up at corners - This could mean there's too much weight on one side of the house. It could also mean there's damage to the underlying material (shingles). Either way, this needs to be assessed ASAP.  2) You hear loud noises when walking on top of your roof - There

Don’t wait for your roof to spring a leak! Keep reading to discover the nine signs you need a new roof. By learning how to identify these signs, you can spring into action before your roof leaks.

Protect your home by identifying these signs of a damaged roof today!

1. Check Your House Records

Most roofs can last about 30 years. Your roof’s lifespan, however, really depends on where you’re located.

For example, what’s the weather like? If you live here in Melbourne then it's a given that your roof has to deal with a lot of rain. In fact, it could cut your roof’s lifespan in half.

The material your roof is made of matters, too. Even the most standard material, asphalt, varies in durability depending on the brand and style of tile chosen.

You won’t necessarily notice the following eight signs telling you that you need a new roof right away. To get ahead of the curve, stay informed and proactive.

Start by checking your home records. When was your roof installed? What materials were used? Have you had the roof retiled since you moved in?

If 20 years have passed since your roof’s last inspection, consider calling an expert. They can examine your roof and pinpoint any problems you might not notice yourself. Calling an expert before a major leak occurs can help you save money on otherwise costly repairs!

2. Attic Issues

Next, head upstairs to examine the attic. You might have a damaged roof if you notice water stains that run from the ceiling to the walls.

If you’re noticing any leaks, or your roof is looking a little worse for wear (or maybe it just needs some brightening up), don't wait!

Identifying and fixing small issues now will save you from bigger problems later.

For example, if that tiny leak turns into mouldy insulation - nobody wants to deal with the mustiness of an old attic when they're trying to enjoy their summer weekends at home.

You might have a hard time tracking the leak down on your own. If you need help, make sure to call a professional. They can pinpoint the source of the leak and repair your roof before more leaks form.

3. Damaged Tiles

Next, head outside. Are your tiles lying flat against the surface of your roof? If they're cracked, buckling or damaged in any way then you'll need a new roof.

Damaged tiles are not appealing to the eye. More important than aesthetics, they could cause an eventual leak; you'll want to make sure your tiles are in perfect condition so that your house will be safe from water damage!

4. See the Seals

You can also test for a damaged roof by flashing your skylights, chimney seals, and vents. The flashing process will seal any gaps in the seams from rain.

Start by checking your roof vents. Do you notice any cracks? Most homeowners try to use caulking as a temporary fix, however, a major storm could cause a leak.

Do you notice any huge breaks or cracks in the seams? If so, it’s time to call a professional. They can make the necessary repairs to help you avoid leaks.

While you’re at it, examine your step flashing, which is used along the walls that intersect with your roof. The step flashing channels water down your shingles. When the flashing rusts, however, water can run behind it and into your home.

Make sure your step flashing isn’t loose to avoid potential leaks and mold.

Next, take a look at the chimney. Over time, flashing around the chimney can rust. You can usually slip new flashing under the rusted materials.

This should help divert water away to avoid seepage. If the issue is severe, however, you might want to call an expert.

5. Signs of Sagging

Inspect your roof for drooping or sagging. Make sure to walk around the entire property and make note of any decay on boards, trapped moisture, etcetera. If these signs are present you’ll need a new roof soon!

Don't fall into this trap because it can cost thousands in repairs if not dealt with quickly enough.

6. Moss and Mould Build Up

As you examine your roof, make sure to look for moss, mould, or fungi. Don’t forget to check the shady corners around your roof, too.

Moss, mould, and fungi indicate moisture is trapped in your roof. As the moisture builds up, the mould could spread, causing costly damages. Mould can impact your family’s respiratory health, too.

So, you know those vents on the sides of your house that make air come in? Yeah. Those are soffit vents and they create airflow to move warm attic air out of your home.

They are there for a reason, and that is to help keep air moving out of your home during those hot summer days!

When the soffits are clear, it can prevent moisture buildup. If your soffits are dirty and clogged, however, it can lead to more mould growth. So make sure to clean your soffits regularly.

Otherwise, check the space where your roof and exterior walls meet. Over time, rot can eat away at your home’s framing. You might need to use kick-out flashing to prevent mould from building up.

7. There’s a Bounce

Do you feel a slight trampoline-like bounce when you walk across your roof? If your roof is starting to feel spongy, it could mean moisture has weakened the surface over time.

If you notice these signs of a roof leak, call for help.

8. Seeing Shiners

Every winter, many homeowners find that their ceilings are dripping with water. You might be thinking "what's the big deal?"

But these droplets should not only serve as a warning sign for potential leaks in your roof but also reveal what can go wrong when you don't take care of those shingles on top of you: Shiners!

A good way to describe shiners is like nails without framing members--they let moisture escape into an attic and condense there.

And since frost melts during daylight hours then drips at night from them, they're really just ticking time bombs waiting to burst open and drip all over again once it gets colder outside...on your head this time!

To fix the problem, clip the nail using side-cutting pliers.

9. Gutter Rust

Rusted gutters could also indicate you’re dealing with a damaged roof.

Are your gutters starting to leak, too? Leaks usually occur when the gutters are clogged with leaves and other debris, which means the water has no way to escape. Prolonged exposure to water causes the gutter to rust and start to corrode.

Guttering is such an integral part of any roof and for that reason, no matter what type of house you own, you’re going to need quality guttering maintenance.

It’s always a good idea to call in professionals like us to keep your guttering in good condition, however if repairs or replacements are needed due to damage or poor maintenance, we’ll be able to sort you out.

Eek, a Leak: 9 Signs of a Damaged Roof You Need to Watch Out For

Don’t let these signs of a roof leak destroy your home. Instead, call for help and fix your damaged roof! The sooner you make repairs, the less costly the damages will become.

Want a professional to take a look? Contact us today for a free roof inspection.

The first signs of a roof leak are often very easy to spot. Most homeowners know that if they see missing shingles or discoloration in their ceiling, it’s time for an inspection and repairs.

But what about the more subtle signs?

Understanding how roofs work can help you identify which leaks may not be visible at all from ground level.

That being said, even when there is no obvious sign of water damage on your ceilings, you should still schedule a professional assessment as soon as possible in order to stop any potential damages before they become too expensive - this will also save you the headache of trying DIY fixes that might end up costing more than just hiring someone with experience!

Need your roof checking out? Talk to the experts at Herrick Roofing. With over 3 years of experience in Melbourne's roofing industry, we can help you find the best service for your budget and needs. Call today!

Our roof repair specialists provide high quality, professional and cost-effective services.

If you have any questions about roof repairs, or would like advice on how to maintain your roof, feel free to call Nick on 0422 903 522 or click here to send a message and I will be more than happy to help.

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About the Author

Nick Herrick is the owner of Herrick's Roofing a respected roofing contractor who services residential home owners in Croydon and Melbourne's Eastern Suburbs. Nick and his team can handle all issues with your roof.

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