Could Your Roof Have Hidden Damage?
My son loves to play hide-and-seek. He enjoys it so much we’ve had serious talks about when it’s okay to hide from Mommy and Daddy and when you need to come running! Hidden roof damage is similar. Most of the time everything is fine and there is no need to worry. Then, there are times when you need to check it to ensure there are no costly hidden surprises.When damage hides within an asphalt shingle roof, here’s where to look.
The point where roof pitches meet is called a valley. Roof Valleys are particularly susceptible to damage because they are where joints meet, so this is where the water funnels on its way off the roof. If a roof valley is damaged by a North Texas hail storm or the heavy winds we see all the time in DFW, all the water flowing down the valley can find its way into your home.
Asphalt shingles can be attached to your home in two ways. The first is with a sealant, and the second is roofing nails (or staples, which Peak’s Roofing Professionals don’t recommend). If we get a hard freeze, this sealant can become brittle and loosen. In some cases, this sealant can even lead to the shingle panel coming off completely.
Loss of Granules
We’ve addressed this in a previous post, but your asphalt shingles are covered with small pellet-sized granules. They help protect your roof and add aesthetic appeal. Some granule loss is normal but if there is an exaggerated amount, it might be a concern. Too much granule loss can lead to leaks.
If the flashing around your structure’s chimney, vents or other objects sticking above the roof are old or no longer holding, that’s a problem. Water can seep down and cause damage. In many cases, it starts slow and gradually grows into a much larger leak.
Identify and Repair Hidden Roof Damage
Based on the fact we’re talking about hidden damage, you know finding and repairing hidden roof damage can be hit or miss. Peak offers FREE roof inspections throughout the Dallas-Ft. Worth area. A proactive roof inspection goes a long way to maintaining a roof in good condition and catching possible issues early on.
About Peak Roofing & Construction
Peak Roofing & Construction is family-owned, with 30-years of experience. Bonded, insured and accredited, we provide roofing, gutter, fence, window and exterior facelift services. Guaranteed. Call (972) 335-7325 in Dallas-Fort Worth (residential & commercial) or 281-290-7325 in Houston (commercial roofing).