Heat, wind, rain, snow, ice; Southern and Central, Maine homes are subjected to some drastic extremes in weather each year. The main structural element that keeps them safe and secure is their roofs. Regardless of what Mother Nature throws at them, it is the roof’s job to keep everything dry and Moisture-free.
Roofs are tough. Even in the extremes of Southern and Central, Maine’s climate, they can stand up to decades of abuse. When they fail though it is rarely at the best of times and if they suffer a slow demise it can lead to damage throughout the house causing the need for major repairs and possibly subjecting occupants to unnecessary health risks.
The best time to replace a roof is before it develops major problems. That means knowing the signs that a roof in Southern and Central, Maine is reaching the end of its useful life. Here are a few warning signs that should be looked for.
In most cases, shingles will begin to buckles and curl when moister is being trapped in attack spaces or seeping into the decking materials under them. The swelling and contraction caused by the moister forces the nails holding the shingles to loosen and allows them to curl.
Curled shingles are not only failing to still adequately protect your home from rain and snow. They are prone to blowing off when storm winds blow in leaving gaps in your roofing.
Watermarks discoloring the ceilings in a building are a sure sign that water is infiltrating the structure. By the time they appear though major damage may have already occurred. In most cases, changes in the appearance of the roof’s decking or roofing boards will become noticeable in the attic spaces.
Moister trapped in attic spaces can create a perfect climate for mold and mildew to develop and create health risks. Attic spaces, at a minimum, should be inspected annually to prevent this risk and the opportunity for rot to develop. Professional roofers should be called at the first signs of damage.
Asphalt shingles are impregnated on their upper surface with a layer of stone, slate, quartz, schist, vitrified brick or ceramic granules. It is these hard elements that greatly contribute to their durability. As shingles age and dry out they will begin to lose these granules making them more prone to cracking and other types of damage.
Granules will often be noticeable where run-off from the roof falls or trapped in gutters. If seen, it is best to have a new roof in Southern and Central, Maine before more severe issues can develop.