If you have lived in Pittsburgh or other parts of Southwestern Pennsylvania, you are well aware of the types of severe weather the region can have. Constant exposure to wet, icy and windy conditions can wreak havoc on your roof in the form of roof rot, leaks, and premature wear of shingles.
Responsible homeowners protect their investment by ensuring they know the early warning signs of a roof that may need repairs. Here are a few signs to look for.
Finding a leak during one of Pittsburgh’s rainy days is the last thing you want to deal with. While most homeowners think the repair needs to happen right above the leak, this is not always the case.
When there is a leak from your roof, the water can travel down the inside of the roof, onto framing, and travel down to the lowest point. This could be a foot away or ten feet away and the best way to find it is to get one of our qualified Pittsburgh roofers to your house immediately to locate the source of the leak.
Severe Weather Damage
After a hail storm or a strong storm with high wind gusts, you always want to check your roof for any damaged or missing shingles. Hail can seriously damage a roof depending on the size and severity of the storm. This can leave dents and damages on all parts of your roof, including the rain gutters. High winds can also cause damage to shingles by blowing or pulling them off of your roof.
Roof Sagging/Structural Problems
Roof rot and sagging can be identified easily from a quick visual check either from the ground, or from your rooftop. If you spot signs of sagging, rotting, or other issues due to structural problems or damage, you’ll likely need immediate attention from a roofing professional to evaluate the situation.
If you have ever cleaned out your gutter, you have most likely noticed shingle granules at the bottom of the gutters. These granules look like little rocks and are what make up the face of your asphalt shingles.
It’s actually quite common for shingles to naturally lose granules over time, so much of the granules and particles you see in gutters will be normal. What you are looking for are shingles that are noticeably missing large patches of granules, which is a sign of shingle deterioration.
Missing shingles should never be ignored. While a few missing shingles may not seem like a big deal, the fact of the matter is that this turn into a bigger problem very quickly, especially in a season of bad weather and frequent rain. One lost shingle can lead to the loss of surrounding shingles in the next big wind or rain storm, so making sure to repair each missing piece is vital to the protection of your entire roof.
If you live in Pittsburgh or the surrounding areas and have questions about your roof or would like to get a free estimate, we would like to hear from you. To find out more, give us a call to speak to one of our highly trained technicians now, or fill out our online form to schedule a free, in-home, no-obligation estimate for your upcoming home improvement project.