Routine roof maintenance and timely repairs can save you thousands of dollars in unexpected expenses associated with a complete roof replacement. When you turn a blind eye to minor signs of roof damage or fail to recognize that damage altogether, the underlying issue will only grow worse.

At Keyprime Roofing, we can’t stress enough the importance of tending to roof damage as soon as you find it. To help you maintain your roof properly and seek out prompt, proactive repairs, in this blog, we’ve outlined X glaring signs of roof damage you can never afford to ignore.

1. Leaky Ceiling or Attic

Are there paint bubbles anywhere along your ceiling? Those bubbles are a major red flag. Bubbling paint develops when a roof leak allows water to enter your attic and that water accumulates between the ceiling drywall and the paint. Because bubbling paint is often indicative of a long-standing roof leak, contact a licensed roofing contractor immediately if you’re dealing with this problem.

The same idea applies to attic leaks. Even if water isn’t traveling through the roof into your living areas, that doesn’t mean it’s not causing damage to the structure of your home. If you can see water stains, mold, or mildew, your deteriorating roof must be repaired promptly to avoid further damage and expense.

2. Interior Staining

Have you noticed strange stains appearing around your ceiling or on your walls? They might be colored or look just like water stains, but either way, they’re a huge red flag. When stains either suddenly or gradually appear on your ceiling or along the upper portion of your walls, that’s usually a sign of a roof leak. If you ever notice an odd stain and you don’t know where it came from, schedule an assessment with a qualified roofing contractor as soon as you can. 

3. Missing Shingle Granules

At least twice per year — ideally in the spring and fall — you should clean out your gutters and check for damage and deterioration. While you’re at it, take a peek at what you find inside your gutters — are there any shingle granules? If so, you may have a problem on your hands.

If you have a composite or asphalt shingle roof, the granules on your shingles are designed to help your roof shed water effectively. But as your shingles age, those granules gradually loosen and fall off, landing in your gutters. As your shingles continue to deteriorate, they lose their ability to protect your roof from water damage. If you find a considerable amount of gutter debris that looks like black sand, call a roofing contractor who can inspect your shingles and advise you on the best course of action. 

4. Damaged or Missing Shingles

Can you see any shingles that are cracked, curled, or bent? What about missing shingles? These are indications that your roof either sustained severe weather-related damages or it’s nearing the end of its lifespan. Regardless of what caused the damage, you should consider having your roof replaced. 

5. Dirty, Clogged, or Damaged Soffits

Soffit exists on the underside of your roof’s eaves and functions to vent warm air out of your attic. Though it might not be something you routinely inspect or even think about, the soffit around your roof can indicate the presence of roof damage, depending on its condition. If you’ve never taken a close look at your soffit, head outside and look for the following signs of damage:

●        Rotting or decaying material

●        Mold or mildew development

●        Cracked or curling material

●        Damaged rafter tails (if you can see them)

If you can clearly see soffit deterioration, there’s a definite chance the problem extends to your rafters and even your roof. To assess the severity of the issue and determine your best course of action, contact a reputable roofing company for a full assessment.

6. Rising Energy Bills

Obviously, roof damage isn’t the only thing that can cause your energy bills to rise. But it certainly can contribute to excessive indoor-outdoor heat exchange, which forces your HVAC system to work harder to cool and heat your home.

If your cooling or heating bill gradually or suddenly rises and you can’t seem to figure out why, the culprit may be a damaged roof. To determine whether that’s the case, you’ll need to inspect both your roof and attic for signs of deterioration. Not sure what to look for? Contact a roofing company — the pros can also determine whether your attic has enough insulation to prevent excessive heat exchange. 

7. Sagging Roof Deck

If your roof decking or rafters are sagging, that’s an indication of significant moisture damage caused by leaks. If the sagging is confined to a small area, you may be able to opt for roof repairs in lieu of a complete replacement, but only a qualified roofing contractor can make that call. For safety’s sake, and to prevent further structural deterioration, contact a roofing company for an assessment and advice on your best course of action.

Need a Dependable Twin Cities Roofing Contractor? Contact Keyprime Roofing

If you’re worried you have a damaged roof, get in touch with our team at Keyprime Roofing right away. We specialize in providing high-quality, cost-effective renovations and repairs for Twin Cities homeowners, and we strive to deliver the best customer service in the business. To request a free quote or schedule an appointment, feel free to contact our team today at 952-426-0132 or send us a message, and a member of our team will be in touch with you promptly.