A damaged roof can cause even more damage to the interior of your home, as it lets water and the elements inside. This is even worse when the damage is hidden, allowing the outdoors into your home for a long while without you knowing.
Fortunately, there are some common signs of hidden roof damage that you should learn to look out for.
Three Signs of Hidden Roof Damage
Spotting roof damage early can help you address it quickly before it gets expensive to repair.
A large leak in your home is an obvious problem, as you’ll notice staining, discoloration, and structural damage straight away. However, if you have minor, hidden roofing damage, these signs won’t necessarily show up right away.
Instead, you should pay attention to the smell of your home. If you notice any rooms that have an earthy or musty smell that won’t disappear no matter how much or how often you clean, you may have a hidden leak. Over time, this water exposure can lead to mold growth in your attic and behind your drywall, which is a serious health problem.
Sealant Strip Damage
The sealant strip is part of the underside of your shingles that effectively causes your shingles to bond together. This prevents water from passing through your shingles and seeping into your attic.
If the wind gets underneath your shingles, it can lift them up and cause that strip to break. This makes it more likely for moisture to penetrate through your roof. Since your shingles will lay flat again after a storm has passed, it can be hard to determine when your sealant strip has broken.
An up-close inspection by a professional is needed to determine what state your shingles are in and if they need to be replaced. You’ll only know that a sealant strip issue has developed once you spot signs of water damage inside your home.
An often-overlooked sign of roof damage is small black pebbles in your gutters and around your downspouts. These indicate damaged asphalt shingles.
This damage does not necessarily have to be from an event, like a falling tree. Shingles that are exposed to long periods of rain and general weather exposure can begin to shed pebbles. You may find that these worn-out shingles will fade or change color as a result as well, and your roof will begin to gray.
Talk to a Pro
Now that you know some of the most common signs of hidden roof damage, you can keep an eye on your home. Keep in mind that a professional inspection is the best way to find and address roofing damage.
For more information about roofing inspections or to book a consultation, contact us! Our team of professionals can help with any problems you may be having and get your home back in order in no time.