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Signs of a Failing Home Roof

An asphalt roof, the most popular residential option, will often last around 20 to 30 years. Once it’s at the end of its life span, however, it can lose its luster and effectiveness. It may let more water leak inside the home or block up your gutters with loose granules. Many homeowners are tempted to put off an expensive replacement until the roof completely fails, but waiting this long will put you at risk of interior damage that costs more to repair. Here are a few common warning signs that your roof is failing.

Curling, Cracking, or Blistering Shingles

Outdated asphalt shingles can begin to crack or curl up as they age. Blistering tends to occur due to high humidity levels, which may be exacerbated by an ineffective roof ventilation system. Watch your shingles for signs of discoloration or external damage. When this external layer becomes compromised, it makes it easier for water to penetrate the underlying felt and roof deck.

Bare Spots

For most roofs, the asphalt shingles are held down with nails. Constant exposure to the sun and weather can loosen your shingles or even tear them free. You may find shingle pieces in your yard or accumulating in your gutters. If you have tall ridges, it’s not always easy to spot these bare spots from the ground. Fortunately, a professional roof inspection can help you pinpoint the source of the missing shingles.

Sagging Areas

Older roofs are also more susceptible to sagging or low spots. A sagging problem means your roof is weakened or deteriorating due to improper installation or insufficient structural support. If water is getting past your shingles to your roof deck, the wood may be rotting and cracking. You should never ignore new sagging spots as these could eventually lead to a partial or full roof collapse.

Missing Flashing

Your roof’s flashing consists of the protective metal strips used around projections. For example, you’ll typically find it keeping water away from your chimney or skylights. Rusted or missing flashing is one of the earliest signs that your roof may soon need to be replaced. If the flashing falls away, more water can get into the vulnerable cracks between your roofing material and roof structure.

Interior Water Damage

As water leaks into your home via your failing roof, it will stain your insulation and belongings. Depending on the severity of the leak, you may find blistering or ballooning ceilings or walls. This additional moisture in the home also increases the chances of a mold or mildew problem.

Our business is an exceptional roofing company that offers free service estimates. We also have more than 25 years of combined industry experience. Reach out to Washita Roofing & Construction today to schedule a consultation about your next roof replacement in Norman, OK.