Want To Watch Out For Roof Damage? Keep An Eye On Your Gutters

Posted on: 25 March 2016

Most people take their roof for granted and don't give it a second thought, that is until they start having problems with it. There are many things that can damage a roof from large tree limbs falling on it or large pieces of hail hit it from a storm. By this time, your repair bill will be high, as part of the roof will likely have to be replaced. One thing that tells you there is something wrong with your roof is by your gutters. Keep an eye on them, to see if you see the two things listed below.

Increased Water and Debris

If you see an increased amount of debris and water coming from your gutters, this is a sign that there is a problem. Your gutters may also start clogging up frequently, or there may be more water than normal around the downspouts. Unless you have had a lot of rain lately, this is a sign that the water is not running off the roof like it normally does. This problem generally means the slope of the roof has shifted, which not only signals that your roof has damage, but there may also be damage with the foundation or frame of your home.

Debris in the Gutters

If you notice pieces of shingles or other roof debris in your gutters, this is an obvious sign that there is a problem. Large pieces are easy to see, but you need to make sure you do not see small pieces of granules built up in the gutters. It is not uncommon for your roof to start losing some granules if it is older, but a new roof should never lose them.

If large amounts of granules are missing, you will also notice dark patches on different areas of your roof. It is important that the roof be repaired when you notice this, as the granules work as a protective layer over the shingles. When they are gone, the shingles are exposed to the elements, and they will deteriorate faster. In many cases, the shingles can be replaced to fix the problem. If you are seeing a large amount of granules, the roof may need to be replaced.

Contact a roofing contractor, like A-1 Roofing & Siding, who can also help you learn of other signs that your roof has damage. The sooner you find the damage the better. If not repaired, water could leak into your home causing damage to your attic and interior floors and walls.

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