North Texas is known for its unpredictable weather. You’re grilling on your patio one minute, and a blaring Tornado siren can have you scrambling for shelter the next. Okay, it’s typically not THAT bad, but most North Texas residents know to expect the unexpected when it comes to our weather.
Roof problems usually become evident during or after a storm. Naturally, it is beneficial to know the condition of your roof prior to problems, saving you from the stress of repairs and their effect on your pocket book.
If your roof system is only a few years old, an inspection is recommended if you think you may have a leak, after very high winds, or if there has been hail in your area. However, with aging roof systems, problems can pop up even without recent storms. We recommend that homeowners with an aging roof system have their roof inspected once a year. Preferably at the beginning of each Spring or Winter, regardless of whether you have an active leak.
Here are some signs that you should have your roof inspected sooner rather than later:
Water spots on ceiling:
- Usually these start out subtle, and not always obvious except in certain lightening. However, they will typically darken to a yellowish color then brown as the leak progresses. Sometimes, depending on the severity of the leak, the texture may start to peel, and the sheet rock may buckle or collapse completely, before you have a chance to observe a change in the color of the sheet-rock. You should always have a professional roofing contractor, such as those here at Anderson Roofing & Contracting, to investigate any suspected leak and come up with a proper course of action to stop it.
- Sometimes sagging decking can be the result of a framing issue; this is typical when you see long dips or waves that are more or less obvious depending on lighting conditions. However, it is common for plywood to dip (or sag depending on your preferred nomenclature) with prolonged exposure to water/moisture. When you notice anything questionable with your roof structure, you should contact a roofing professional to assess the area in question.
Pieces of shingles on the ground, or visible patches of missing shingles on your roof:
- If you notice shingles on your property, or around your home, you should contact a roofing professional immediately to determine if you have any roof damage.
There are certain situations, where shingles may end up on your property that aren’t directly related to damage on your home. These can be shingles missing off one of your neighbor’s roofs, or scraps from a recent roof replacement on a surrounding home.
However, it is always best to give a trusted, local roofer a call, to give you piece of mind and notify you of any problems.
Excessive granules in the gutter trays or in front of the downspouts:
- It is common to see granules in gutter trays and around the bottoms of the downspouts after a hail storm. It is also common to see them after heavy rains on older roofs. As roof systems age, they are more susceptible to granule loss. Sometimes, granule loss becomes so advanced it is visible from the ground. The granules are the shingles primary line of defense against hail damage and reflect sunlight to keep your shingles from prematurely drying out and becoming brittle. Excessive granule loss can also be a sign that your roof is not properly ventilated, which could potentially void your manufacturer’s warranty. If you are frequently observing an unusual number of granules in your gutter trays, or in front of your downspouts, having your roof assessed is recommended.
Standing water on A/C units, tops of water heaters, or the walkways around them
- It is not unusual to be driving through a neighborhood and spot a lifted flashing (storm collar) on a water heater vent pipe. This is common after a homeowner has had a water heater replaced or service. On occasion, homeowners may also notice water on top or around there HVAC after recent rains. This is typically an indication that the pipe in question needs to be sealed properly. These are both common leak problems and are easily remedied by a professional roofer.
Anderson Roofing & Contracting is ready and waiting to help you with any of your roofing needs. It is not uncommon to spot our branded vehicles, in and around Flower Mound, Lewisville, and Highland Village. However, we service the entire Dallas-Fort Worth area. Are you located as far east as Wylie? As for north as Prosper? What about Forney or Burleson? We’ve got you covered. Give us a call or drop us an email and let us come out and help you with your roofing needs.