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1. A Leak in the Attic
Before a leak reaches the ceilings drywall it can be spotted in the attic. Make a point to check your attic after a large storm. Especially consider doing this if there was a large wind-driven rainstorm in the area. If there are signs of leaking it could be due to damaged or worn shingles, inadequate underlayment, or even faulty flashing.
2. Peeling Interior or Exterior Paint
Moisture trapped in the attic can sometimes cause the paint to blister or peel. This is often due to poor ventilation, which can cause mold to grow in the attic and damage the surrounding wood, such as the plywood that the shingles are installed onto. Roofs often are installed with ridge vents to allow the excess heat to escape.
3. Stains on Interior Walls
Sometimes a leaking roof can be spotted by a stain on the interior ceiling or walls. The shape of the stain is usually spherical and can harbor mold and mildew growth. This is an easy way to spot a leaking roof or exterior system.
4. Exterior Decay in Sheathing or Siding
Water can damage exterior sheathing due to improper flashing, siding installation, and more. OSB is sometimes used in construction and is composed of glue pressed wood chips. If moisture gets into contact with this material, it can decompose quickly.
5. Damaged Shingles
Aged shingles often exhibit cracks and curling, which can jeopardize the longevity of the roofing system. If you see cracked or curled shingles, it is a good sign that it is time for a new roof. Missing shingles can also be a clue. This is sometimes due to age and other times due to storms.
6. Dark or Dirty Areas on Your Roof
In Maryland, we have a lot of neighborhoods in wooded areas. If a roof receives a large amount of shade during the day, it can cause stains and mold build up on the roof. This doesn’t necessarily mean you need a new roof, but it should be addressed to avoid further damage.
7. Excessive Energy Costs
Adequate ventilation is very important with a proper roofing system. It is good practice to install vents on the gable ends of a home or a ridge vent. This allows for air to flow in the attic, which avoids moisture build-up and allows for hot air to escape, which can help lessen your electricity bill.
Chesco Remodeling LLC Can Inspect Your Roof
We take great pride in serving the local Anne Arundel County Communities with their roofing needs. We have over 15 years of experience in the trade and would love to speak with you.
Call us today at (443) 710-9133.