The most common signs of roof damage can vary depending on the type of roofing material and the specific issues present. However, here are some general signs that may indicate roof damage:
Water stains or dripping water inside the house are clear and obvious indications of a roof leak. Look for discolored patches on ceilings or walls, especially after rainfall. While heavier rains will make these signs that much more visible, even light precipitation will show itself eventually.
Missing or Damaged Shingles
If you notice missing, cracked, curled, or blistered shingles, it can be a sign of roof damage. Shingles that are loose or have granule loss (which will show up as bald patches) are also signs for concern.
Excessive Granule Accumulation
Check your gutters and downspouts for an excessive amount of granules. Shingles naturally shed some granules over time, but an excessive amount could signify aging or damaged shingles. An abundance of granules will probably correlate with bald patches.
Flashing refers to the metal or rubber material installed around chimneys, vents, skylights, and other roof penetrations. Over time or after storm damage, the flashing can pull back, leaving a gap. These gaps will allow water to seep into your home.
Sagging or Dipping Areas
An uneven or sagging roofline can indicate structural damage or excessive weight on the roof. It may be a sign of underlying issues that need immediate attention.
Presence of Mold or Moss
Mold, mildew, or moss thrive in moist environments. The presence of any of these on the roof can indicate excessive moisture retention, which can lead to damage over time. It’s important to address this issue promptly.
Increased Energy Costs
Although not the most obvious, this indicator is cause for double concern financially. A sudden increase in your energy bills without any apparent explanation could be due to compromised insulation or ventilation caused by roof damage. Leaving the damage unchecked will lead to a more expensive fix in addition to the elevated monthly bill.
Light Penetration or Drafts
If you notice sunlight entering your attic through the roof or feel drafts inside the house, it suggests gaps or holes in the roof structure that require repair. Both issues are easily detectable.
Damaged Soffit or Fascia
Soffits and fascia are the underside and front boards along the roofline, respectively. Damage, rot, or signs of pests in these areas can indicate underlying roof issues.
If you observe any of these signs of roof damage on your Orlando area home, contact us at JA Edwards of America to assess the extent of the damage and recommend the appropriate repairs or replacements.