From a massive leak in your living room to a chunk of missing shingles, there are several obvious signs that your roof is in serious need of repair. However, you might miss less noticeable signs that your roof is in trouble, and you’ll need to call a professional to pinpoint and fix the problem before a catastrophe occurs.
This guide lists four less-evident signs that your roof needs to be repaired or replaced.
1. A Sudden Invasion of Rodents, Mice, and Other Pests
Pests will use any damage or decay to enter your home, including missing shingles, broken flashing, and missing roof trim. The pests will leave behind several clues that they are making themselves at home, including droppings, damage, and scratching noises.
If you hear scratching noises on the ceiling or inside the walls, then begin looking for any obvious signs of damage on your home's exterior, including your roof. Damaged or missing roofing shingles provide an easy access point to your home and indicate there is trouble.
Contact a professional to look for signs of damage on the siding, trim, and roof. Do not attempt to look for damage to the roof yourself. In addition to being dangerous, you might miss signs of damage that professionals are trained to pinpoint.
2. Roofing Nails Scattered on the Ground and in Gutters
After a heavy rain or violent storm, you may find one or two roofing nails on the ground. However, if you notice roofing nails on the ground or in the gutters on a daily or weekly basis, it could be a sign of roof damage. If the roof deck (the foundation of the roof) is rotted or there are several damaged or missing shingles, then the nails will begin popping out and spilling onto the ground and into your gutters.
While inspecting your gutters and the ground surrounding your home, look for small, hard granules. These granules are placed on top of asphalt shingles to provide an added layer of protection from wind, rain, and sunlight. When the granules come loose and fall to the ground, the asphalt beneath is left unprotected — which will cause the material to fail faster.
3. A Bizarre Whistling Noise
If you hear a strange whistling noise throughout your home, then chances are your home isn't properly sealed, or there is damage to the siding, trim, or your roofing. Unfortunately, locating the source of the damage is often difficult — especially if that damage is on the roof.
Allow a professional to inspect your roof and find the source of the whistling. Often, the damage is very minor and will be very difficult for a homeowner to locate.
4. Sneezes, Sniffles, and Sore Throats
Usually, when moisture is constant in one area, you will find mold growth. If your family members are beginning to show the symptoms of mold exposure such as itchy, irritated eyes, wheezing, coughing, and a rash, then you could have mold in your home. This issue could be a result of water damage caused by your leaky roof.
A minor, imperceptible roof leak can cause enough moisture accumulation to create a massive mold infestation. If you notice any of the above-mentioned symptoms of mold exposure, hire a professional to inspect your roof and look for any signs of damage and water leaks.
From a strange whistling noise to the presence of mold inside your home, you might not know these less noticeable signs indicate your roof is damaged. If you have any further questions, then contact our professionals at Econo Roofing. Our team can help you uncover any issues with your roof.