Residential property owners often find themselves at a huge disadvantage trying to speak the language of insurance adjustors and restoration contractors who are accustomed to using it on an every day basis. At All Trades we believe an informed residential roofing customer is a good roofing customer. That’s why we have spent the time working with the industries top manufacturers and suppliers to provide you with resources that will help you understand our processes and specific industry terminology. Click for a GAF Roofing Glossary of Roofing Terms.
As in all industries if you know what to look for, there are always tell-tell signs of failure. Our team of field agents have put together a list of pre-failure indicators that are easy to spot and monitor. Addressing problems early on will help stop additional and unnecessary future damage to your home before it happens.
Residential Roofing Pre-Failure Indicators
• Inspect for repeated formation of ice dams along roof’s edge or in gutters.
• Look for curling edges or dark stains on asphalt shingles
• Take a trip to the attic with a flashlight and look for staining on the underside of the roof deck
• Check your gutters for the collection of loose granules from worn shingles.
• Always survey your property after a severe storm has passed for dis-located Shingles or tiles as well as do a visual check, perhaps with a pair of binoculars, for cracked or missing shingles or roof tiles.
• Always Inspect for loose or sometimes missing metal flashing around chimneys and vents.(especially after a storm)
• Streaking along exterior walls of your home
• Inspect for excessive growth of moss on roof shingles
At All Trades Restoration we encourage residential homeowners to be proactive.
There’s a lot of wisdom in: “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” We didn’t say it, Benjamin Franklin did and we think he was a pretty smart fellow!
Roofing Failure Photographs
To see actual photographs of some of the commonly referred to roofing failures visit GAF, our roofing manufacturer’s web page or read on for a list of common problems with probable causes
LIST OF PROBABLE CAUSES in Residential Roofs
Leakage in Attic After Wind-Driven Rain
Possible cause: Leaky or inadequate shingle underlayment or deteriorated flashing
Leakage in Attic After Ice Build-Up
Possible cause: Inadequate shingle underlayment allows water from ice dams to leak into attic
Blistering and/or Peeling of Interior and/or Exterior paint
Possible cause: Excessive temperature or high humidity due to poor attic ventilation
Stains on Interior Ceilings and Walls or Mold and Mildew Growth
Possible cause: Inadequate or faulty shingle underlayment allowing leakage or inadequate ventilation
Exterior Decay, Sheathing, and/or Siding
Possible cause: Poor attic ventilation
Missing, Cracked, or Curled Shingles
Possible cause: Shingles have reached the end of their useful life
Dark, “Dirty-Looking” Areas On Your Roof
Possible cause: Loss of granules due to age of shingles
Excessive Energy Costs
Possible cause: Insufficient attic ventilation causes heating/cooling system to run excessively in warm weather, inadequate ventilation will trap hot air in the attic, causing air conditioning systems to work harder, or leaving your home’s interior hotter and less comfortable. Attic Ventilation: In both hot and cold weather, insufficient attic ventilation may cause moisture in the attic to become trapped and condense on the rafters. This condensed moisture can drip down onto the insulation and reduce its effectiveness.
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