Photo By SBSArtDept at istock
Most people don’t notice the condition of their roof until they notice a leak or a shingle laying on the ground. A roof is something very easy to take for granted until suddenly roofing repair in Honolulu is required. Until something goes wrong, most people are content to let it be.
However, there is a good chance that there were signs you required repair before something obvious occurs. Roofing repair as a rule usually costs less if you stay ahead of the problem. Calling a roofer before you have a leak to deal with will cost you less than waiting until you have multiple leaks or notice half the shingles are curled up on your roof.
The trick is knowing what to look for when you look at your roof. You should make it a point to look up at your roof at least several times a year and assess its condition. Doing so can help you cut down the costs of your Honolulu roofing job, and can help you stretch out its lifespan.
Regular roofing repair can help keep your roof from having any major issues that will require the entire thing to be replaced. Here are just a few of the signs that you need repairs that you should keep an eye out for.
Dark or Wet Shingles
Shingles that are wet, or a very dark color which means that they are wet or at one time were, are allowing moisture to get trapped. Shingles are supposed to repel water and sound it down and off your roof. If the shingles are wet then they are no longer effectively working.
It may not be enough to just replace the dark shingles however because water runs downhill. It is possible the shingles that are failing are higher up and the lower shingles are where it piles up. A professional roofing repair company should be able to isolate and fix the problem for you.
It should go without saying that missing or cracked shingles need to be replaced, but a lot of people attempt to stretch out their roof’s lifespan by ignoring the problem. The problem is only getting worse the longer you ignore it, and eventually, instead of casual roofing repair of a few shingles, you will be looking at an entire roof replacement.
Once again, acting timely on an issue can save you money. Shingles that are damaged are not repelling water which means the wood underneath is getting damaged. Eventually, you will need new wood under the shingles in addition to new shingles and possibly have to deal with water damage on the top floor of your home. You don’t want to deal with either in Honolulu, and you don’t have to if you call in a qualified roofing repair company to help.
Gutters Filled with Shingle Granules
Both asphalt and composite shingles slowly shed granules as they begin to wear out. Since the granules have nowhere to go, they usually end up the gutters. They can best be described as black, coarse sand and do not look like normal debris. If you start noticing a lot of these granules in your gutters then you know that the shingles are beginning to wear and it is time to look at roofing repair or replacement options.
Your Exterior Paint is Peeling
Sometimes when an attic is not ventilated properly moisture or humidity builds up along the roofline which results in the paint peeling. The moisture gets into the attic via the faulty roof. While you may not notice the moisture in the attic if you don’t spend much time up there, you will notice when the exterior paint close to the roofline is peeling. Additionally, this could signify that your gutters are starting to fail. Traditionally when you replace your roof your gutters are done too, so it is something to think about.
Attic Leaks Following a Thunderstorm
When the roof is first starting to have problems you won’t notice leaks during every rain. It may take a good thunderstorm or rainstorm before you start to see some leaking in the attic. In this situation, you may only need to replace the flashing, but if the underlayment is damaged then it may be time to replace the roof. Once again, you don’t know until you investigate the problem but the longer you wait the more likely you will be dealing with a roof replacement over roofing repair.
Staining on Interior Walls or Ceilings
There are a lot of reasons why you may have water stains on your ceilings or walls, but if you can’t pinpoint an exact reason there is a good chance your roof may be involved. Once the roof underlayment goes bad it will let moisture leak into the home which then drips onto your interior walls. While this can be a big mess to deal with, the good news is that replacing your roof will solve the issue. (Along with a can of paint for the stained wall or ceiling).
Sagging Roof Deck
It is not enough to just look up at your roof from time to time, as a lot of this article has indicated, trouble with your roof is first seen in the attic. If you only use your attic for storage, make it a point to seasonally check on its condition as well. Sagging rafters or decking in the attic can indicate that there has been moisture damage. The rafters should be straight, but a slight sag can indicate leakage from the roof. If the sagging is confined to one area of the roof and you address it right away it’s possible you will just need roofing repair and can avoid replacement for a few more years. Contact Skyta Construction, Roofing, Solar to schedule an appointment.