If you are really concerned about the security of your home, a proper inspection of the roof of your house is inevitable. The roof demands the most attention as it is a significant structure of the house, protecting you from extreme climatic conditions besides other factors. Here are few top indications of roof damage that you should keep an eye on.

Sagging and Slow Roof Leaks

Certain sections of your roof might start dipping and show signs of strain. These areas start sagging downwards and indicate a slow leakage. In serious cases of roof leakage the water starts dripping from your ceiling. Fixing or replacement of the roofing tiles and insulation are the common methods adopted to address this issue.

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Algae or Moss

Moisture content trapped between the layers of your roofing system can be a breeding ground for algae or moss. One of the reasons for this moisture content is the damage of the roof from inside due to vapours rising from the interiors of the building. The vapours condense on the internal structures near the roof in the absence of proper vapour outlets. Algae and moss will thrive in these areas which will in turn affect the air quality inside the building.

Moss on roof
Moss on roof

Cracking or Blistering  

Cracks and blisters on the interior or exterior walls indicate a potential structural damage. If your roof appears bumpy or bubbly, you have a problem. With time, roofs are susceptible to cracking and blistering though it differs from one type of roof to the other. Built-up roofs covering a flat surface are more vulnerable to such issues.

Stagnant Water 

Buildings that have flat roofs without proper drainage system face problems regarding stagnation of water. Stagnant water reduces the strength of your roof membrane causing leakage. This adds weight to the roof which will eventually lead to its collapse. A proper drainage system for allowing water to flow off the roof is essential to prevent water from stagnating on the roofs. Constructing tapered areas or sloped sections on the roofs will help stagnant water to flow off smoothly.

Faulty Installation  

Ensure that your roofing system is installed flawlessly. If not, you will be forced to spend huge amounts of money on your roof maintenance. Approach a good roofing company to avoid defects during installation of the same.

Fallen Tree Damage  

Damage of roofs caused by a fallen tree is a common problem faced by villagers and even city dwellers. Heavy rainfall and stormy weather can cause tree limbs or branches to fall on your roof. This will severely impact your roofing system. So it is always better to trim the potentially harmful trees in the premises of your house to avoid roof damage.

Clogged Gutters 

The gutters and drains of your roof should allow free passage of water. Leaves and twigs falling into the drains will obstruct free flow of water. This can let the water seep into the eaves of your roofs. Try to keep the roof gutters clear and free of debris.

Plant Cover 

Your roof can facilitate plant growth due to excessive moisture content. Plants including weeds and vines may cause damage to your roofs if they grow big enough to penetrate through small cracks on the walls. Get rid of the plant growth even though it might appear less harmful to your roof.

Plant growth on the roof
Plant growth on the roof

Visible Light in the Attic

If you notice visible light streaming into your room from the attic, check your roof for openings and cracks. Needless to say, the situation can worsen if water makes its way through the same openings. A regular monitoring of the roof shingles can keep such problems under control.​

Roof Leaks or Wear & Tear  

Keep a constant check on the structures that come in contact with your roofing system like pipes and chimneys. Cracks in flashing and shingles will result in leakage of the roof. Listed below are a few areas that are commonly prone to roof damage.

  • Near the gutters or flashing points
  • Near chimneys 
  • Near vents and pipes
  • Near skylights
  • In lower areas or valleys of the roof

The Age of the Roof   

The life expectancy of roofing systems can vary depending on the type of material used for the same. The average lifespan of a roof is usually 20 years irrespective of the material used. It can extend up to 50 years in the case of roofs made up of fiber glass, copper, steel etc.

Poor Maintenance 

Roof forms the protective layer of your house. Poor maintenance of your roof directly poses a threat to the security of your home. Follow a regular maintenance routine for your roofs and seek professional help if required. Home buyers can avoid maintenance issues if they buy properties from leading real estate builders in the industry like the Confident Group in Kerala.

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Broken or Missing Shingles 

Strong winds and faulty installations can break or tear off your roof shingles. This can expose the main framework or underlayment causing serious leakage. Therefore it is always recommended to do a complete inspection of your roof after extreme climatic conditions.

Stuck Doors and Windows 

If you experience difficulty in opening the doors and windows of your house, a potential reason could be damage of the roof. Please be aware of the hidden dangers especially if you notice that the doors and windows are stuck and hard to move.

Hope you will keep a tab on all the signs of roof damage mentioned in this article. Remember that the security of your home lies in your hands and it is up to you to repair any damage that occurs to your roof.  

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