Posted on: 24 February 2018
At first glance, you may feel that your home's roof is intact. However, sometimes small issues could be deteriorating or rotting out your roof without you realizing it. If you notice either of following small problems with your roof, it may have damage of which you might not be aware.
Loose or Missing Nails
After a strong wind storm, you may notice a few roofing nails laying on the ground. Or, you may see a few sticking up on the roof, indicating they have become loose. While you may think that a few loose or missing nails are not a big deal, they could lead to big problems.
Whenever a nail is loose or missing on a shingle, this means that shingle itself is no longer firmly attached to your roof. Water can leak in through the tiniest gaps, eventually saturating the underlying plywood and rotting the roof from underneath. Eventually, the wood will rot through and let water into your house.
Accumulated Leaves on the Roof
Another seemingly small problem that could lead to faster deterioration of your roof is the accumulation of leaves on the shingles. While these leaves may only seem like a cosmetic issue, they could indicate existing damage to your roof, as well as lead to even more severe damage in the future.
If leaves are gathering in specific spots on your roof, these accumulation points usually mean that the roof is already starting to bow inward. This bowing is most likely caused by plywood that has already softened and weakened because of excessive exposure to moisture.
When the leaves are allowed to remain in these areas, they collect water and trap it underneath the debris. Because the trapped water does not evaporate as quickly because of the coverage, the shingles remain wet.
When the shingles stay wet, they themselves start to break down at a faster rate than normal. However, even before the shingles break down, the trapped water can also find any spaces between the shingles that may exist because of the bowing roof.
Once the water finds a way under the shingles, the already compromised plywood underneath will be exposed to even more moisture, rapidly increasing its rate of deterioration and the likelihood of producing leaks.
If either of the problems above exists, your roof may already be showing signs of deterioration. If you suspect that it does, contact a roofer who offers roof replacement services to have them inspect your roof to see if part or all of it needs replacing.Share