Once the snow melts away and the weather warms up, you’ll likely tackle a thorough spring cleanup of your yard. If you discover dislodged or broken pieces of shingles around the yard, you may be, understandably, concerned about the condition of your roof. Shedding shingles are often a telltale sign that a roof is due for replacement, so it’s wise to contact an experienced local roofing company to schedule an in-depth rooftop inspection.
Beyond Shed Shingles: Other Indicators You Need a Roof Replacement
Before your roofer arrives, you can check for additional signs of roof deterioration, but do so from ground level and indoors to avoid accidents and injuries. Outdoors, walk your home’s perimeter and look for:
- Piles of granules where the downspouts drain. Finding a few shed granules on the ground beneath your downspouts is normal, but an excessive amount usually means the shingles are at the end of their useful lifespan.
- Buckled, curled and lifted shingles. Long-term exposure to the elements or poor installation can result in areas of raised-up shingles that are more vulnerable to wind damage and leaks.
- Bare patches. Areas where partial or entire shingles are missing are likely where the shingles you found in the yard originated, and each one is a potential source of water intrusions.
- Deterioration around the roof edge. When the fascia looks decayed, the drip edge and shingles at the roof edge appear damaged and your gutters are bent or sagging, winter ice dams are the likely culprit, and there may be additional hidden harm done to the underlayment and decking.
- Dark patches. If you spy random dark patches on the roof, you’re seeing areas of bare substrate without any protective granules. Exposed substrate breaks down rapidly, so it’s a sure indicator that it’s time for a roof replacement.
Next, head indoors to look for evidence that the roof is already leaking, like water marks on your ceilings, then go up to the attic and check:
- Up high. Using a flashlight, examine the underside of the roof for dripping water, and wet or dried water stains.
- Down low. Check for damp or moldy insulation between the floor joists, and look for corrosion on anything metal, like junction and light fixture boxes.
If the roof on your Twin Cities home is shedding shingles and you’re concerned that it may need replacement, contact us at LB Solutions to schedule a detailed inspection.