If you're new to home ownership, you'll need to brush up on all the various home maintenance that needs to be done over the years. One of those tasks will be ensuring that your roof is in great shape to avoid potential damage that can be costly to repair if ignored. Here are a few things to be on the lookout for when it comes to roof damage.
The most obvious problem that you can identify is missing shingles. These are the shingles that are likely flapping around during a s storm, and under the right conditions will fly right off your roof. That's why it helps to perform a quick visual inspection of your roof after a storm to make sure all the shingles are in place. Leaving part of your roof exposed to the weather will lead to big damage, and fixing it is as simple as nailing in a new shingle.
Do you have part of your roof that is in the shade during the day or an overhanging tree that drops a lot of debris onto your roof? If so, there is a good chance that your roof is susceptible to mold and algae growth. This is likely to happen when moisture is trapped in a shady place, such as under the shadow of a tree or a pile of leaves, and mold grows on the surface of the roof. Mold is capable of deteriorating shingles and causing discoloration, which is why it needs to be removed by you or a professional.
Once the mold is gone, you can fight it in several ways. Consider trimming nearby tree limbs that cause debris to fall on your roof and cast shadows, or install a metal roof cap that will help kill off mold by releasing small amounts of copper across the surface of the roof each time it rains.
As an asphalt shingle roof gets older, the material will be more susceptible to missing granules. These are the small particles that cover asphalt shingles, protecting the material from impact damage, sun exposure, and water. If the shingles become bare, the material is more likely to become damaged and allow water to reach the underlying material of the roof.
If you need help with roof repair, reach out to roofing contractors like those at Maynor Roofing & Siding Co for assistance with doing this tough job that you may not want to do on your own.