Leaks can come from a variety of different places through the roof (lifted shingles, damage on the roof, missing flashing, exposed nails, pipe boots, etc.) if you suspect a leak coming from the roof give us a call right away. The sooner leaks are addressed the better, leaving them for later can result in a more expensive repair.
Some shingles can be lifted if a strong enough wind gust catches it at the right angle. A shingle that has been lifted due to winds may have loosened the sealant and possibly the nail. This can create a entry point for water which can turn into a interior leak and damaged wood, or an opening for critters to enter your home.
Over the lifespan of your roof, shingles will begin losing granules. Typically, when a lot of granules appear to be missing, it is usually a sign of a roof with old age. With enough missing granules the shingles become compromised. The shingles loses its protective layers and will not defend your home as designed against UV rays from the sun.
An algae called Gloeocapsa Magma usually cause these streaks. Spores are spread mainly by wind but also by animals and park themselves on the north side of roofs where the limited sunshine stimulate their growth. Here the algae feed on the limestone in the shingles, and as they grow, they develop a dark outer coating which results in the visible black staining. The algae will trap moisture and cause premature shingle aging and granule loss.
Believe it or not Hail Storms do happen in Northeast Florida. Strong hail can break or puncture an asphalt shingle, but usually it damages the granules. Once a spot is created more granules will fall around it and it will grow. The damage may not be obvious at first, so if you suspect hail damage, please give us a call and we will perform a complete roof inspection for you.
If you've seen a leak on your ceiling for a while now, more than likely you have rotten wood. The rotten wood can grow mold and attract nasty insects. During a roof replacement all damaged wood will be visible, so all of it can be replaced, this is why it is recommend to tear off the old roof and install a new one rather then adding another layer of roof to the existing one. If you notice a water leak take care of it right away!
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