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Signs of Roof Damage: Everything You Need to Know

Learn how to identify the signs of roof damage to quickly identify whether your roof needs repair.

When your roof is damaged, it can expose your home to serious problems, from water damage to soaring energy bills. But what roof damage signs can you look for to see if it’s time for a roof repair or replacement? At CJ Roofing, we’ve worked as a premier Littleton area roofing company since 1978. That means we have an expert eye when it comes to spotting potential problem spots on any kind of roof. Let’s take a look at how to identify roof damage!

Water stains (or leaks)

One of the biggest problems that arise from a damaged roof is mold, mildew, and rot due to water intrusion. If interior ceilings or walls have water stains, this is a telltale sign that your roof may not be keeping water out. Leaks or drips are also, of course, a sign of roof damage. And while these may also be a sign of an issue with your plumbing, it’s a good idea to have a professional roofer inspect your roof as soon as you notice wet spots.

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Missing shingles, cracked tiles

No matter what kind of roof you have, missing or broken pieces of roofing material is one of the surest signs of roof damage. For an asphalt shingle roof, you may notice shingles that are hanging askew, or even missing entirely. Clay or concrete tile roofs may also show damage in this way. However, it’s more common for tile roofs to crack or chip away over time. Minor chipping may not be a big deal, but widespread cracks or missing shingles and tiles indicate that it’s time for a contractor to fix your roof.

Granules near your home or in gutters

With asphalt shingle roofs, signs of roof damage aren’t always obvious. One less-obvious sign of roof damage is finding asphalt granules around your home due to water runoff. As the asphalt granules on your roof come free, your home becomes more susceptible to damage. These granules are commonly caught up in rain and water streams—meaning you’ll often find them built up in gutters or other areas where water runs off your roof. A few granules are likely nothing to worry about, but larger collections of these granules are a sign that your roof may be nearing the end of its life.

Soaring energy bills

While a damaged roof is mostly a concern due to the water and other elements it lets in, it can also let things out—such as air from your home. A damaged roof will often leak cool air in summer (or warm air in winter). That means your home’s temperature control system will have to work that much harder to keep your home comfortable, causing your energy bill to rise.

If your energy bill has gone up with no discernible cause, you may want to have your roof checked for other signs of damage.

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Sagging ceiling or roof

Sagging is always a bad sign when it comes to your roof. A sagging ceiling could result from longtime water intrusion causing the ceiling to warp. Meanwhile, heavy snow accumulation in winter may weigh down your roof to the point of sagging.

If you notice any part of your home sagging, be it your ceiling or your roof, call a contractor immediately. Sagging is one of the biggest signs of major roof damage, and it should be addressed immediately before more serious problems occur.

Call CJ Roofing to Have Your Roof Inspected for Signs of Damage!

Some roof damage signs are more easily spotted than others. If you notice any of these signs, it’s a good idea to call a professional roofing contractor promptly to have damage fixed before more serious problems arise.

Our CJ Roofing team has served the Littleton area and Colorado’s Front Range for more than 40 years. That means we’re well-prepared to fix any roof damage to keep your home and family safe. We also offer free inspections, helping you be sure that any and all damage has been identified and addressed! Fill out our online form today to get started with your roof inspection.