In last month’s blog, we explained how you can check for major red flags on your roof while you are putting up or taking down Christmas lights. However, what can you do the rest of the year to protect your roof? Climbing up there frequently is dangerous for the average homeowner, not to mention incredibly time consuming. Today we will explain a few ways you can spot and identify signs of roof damage from the safety of your yard, instead.
One of the most obvious and easy-to-see signs of roof damage is missing shingles. For the majority of your roof, you should be able to spot a missing shingle from the ground fairly quickly. Remember that your shingles are your roof’s first line of defense against things such as leaking, so any missing shingle can allow water to make its way to your roof decking. Over time, this can lead to roof rot and other complications.
Damaged shingles are also a risk factor, and for the same reason as missing shingles. So what counts as damaged? Truly, any shingle that isn’t laying straight and flat on your roof is a leak risk for the entire system. Shingles can curl, crack, or even become crooked after extreme temperatures, or heavy wind or rain. After hail storms, keep an eye out for small dents. Those small dents could indicate broken fiberglass underneath, which compromises the strength of your shingles.
While walking around the base of your house, don’t forget to look near your feet as well. Asphalt granules from your roof shingles can indicate your shingles are beginning to bald as they age, which makes them less effective at protecting your roof.