With summer fast approaching, it is definitely time to start preparing your home for the random summer storms that tend to pop up every so often. When it comes to preparing your home and keeping it in good condition, there are few surfaces on your home that are as important as your roof. Your roof is expected to withstand a lot of punishment, whether it is run the sun’s rays, heavy rains, or even just strong winds. Your roof is built to withstand this punishment, but over time, these constant beatings can take their toll, leaving you with roofing damage that leaves the rest of your home vulnerable to damage as well. While some roofing damage is immediately obvious, especially when the damage is severe, there are some forms that are fairly subtle until they develop into something much worse. Don’t leave your home susceptible to damage this summer when the storms start rolling through. To help ensure that this isn’t the case, our team of experts here at A&B Roofing have taken the time to put together this short list of Missoula common roofing issues that tend to spring up in the wake of bad weather, and how you can spot them and get them repaired before they have a chance to cause further damage to your home.
Moss & Fungus Growth
Almost every roof is going to start showing signs of moss growth at some point, but the wet conditions left in the wake of a storm make it even more likely to occur. Moss growth can make your roof’s shingles look unkempt and much older than they really are, not to mention the fact that over time, this growth can start to deteriorate the surface of your roof as well. This is fairly simple to remove, fortunately, as you can usually just scrub it off with a brush. You want to be sure that you avoid using a hose or a pressure washer on your roof surface, as this can actually do more harm than good. If you have particularly stubborn stains, you can hire a professional to come out and give your roof a professional softwashing treatment that can get out even the toughest of stains.
Shrinking, Blistering, & Curling Shingles
The harsh rays of the sun will definitely start to take a toll on your rooftop surface over time, and the most common sign that this is occurring will come when you notice that your roof’s shingles are starting to blister up, shrink, or just curl up. When this starts happening, it means that your shingles are no longer adequately protecting your home, making it easier for water to slip up underneath and find its way inside your home. These gaps in coverage can eventually lead to leaking, wood rot, and even mold growth. The best way to address this problem when you notice it is to call in a professional and have them help you determine if the issue is just with the shingles, or if it’s an issue with your roof overall. There are sometimes when simply replacing the affected shingles will be enough, and other times where you might find yourself in need of a complete roofing replacement.
No roofing list would be complete without mentioning a leaky roof as a one of the primary issues to be on the lookout for this summer. If you spot any leaking areas in your home when it starts to rain this summer, you are going to want to call in a professional as quickly as possible to have them find the source and take care of it. Water can cause untold damage as it seeps through the various areas of your home, giving you water spots, stains, and even leading to the growth of mold and mildew as it sits in dark, warm, and damp places throughout your home. There are any number of issues that could lead to water leaking throughout your home, and one of the best ways to find them is to hire a professional to come out and take a look.