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Trouble Signs To Notice When Inspecting Your Roof

Climbing up onto the roof isn't for everyone, but if you're comfortable with heights and careful about taking the necessary safety precautions, it can be a good idea to occasionally get onto your roof to check for any signs that it's time to call a roofing contractor. While you can occasionally notice issues from the ground, doing so isn't always easy -- but when you're actually standing on the roof, you'll easily be able to catch any early signs of trouble that you can get fixed before they become bigger and more costly. Here are three trouble signs to watch for as you make your way around the roof.

Lifted Nails

Your roof shingles are secured to the plywood sheathing with countless roofing nails, and it's important to ensure that the nails are properly pushed down into the shingles so that only the heads are visible. Issues such as heat escaping from your attic can sometimes cause the nails to lift out of the shingles, so look for any nails that are up high enough that their shafts are visible. While you can always grab a hammer to push the nails back down, it's better to hire a roofing contractor who can ensure there's no major damage.

Turned-Up Shingle Edges

One of the obvious signs of worn-out shingles is that their bottom edges get slightly turned up. Look for the edges of your shingles to be flat and pressed firmly down against the row of shingles below them. When some of the edges are turned up or slightly loose, it means that water can potentially get underneath. Over time, this will result in water damage to your roof sheathing and, ultimately, water leaking into your attic.

Damage Along Bottom Edge

Gutters that are blocked or left neglected will fill with plant matter that can lead to standing water and eventually even cause damage to the shingles along the bottom edge of your roof. Being careful to stay sturdy on your feet as you approach the edge of the roof, look at the shingles' condition. Just like elsewhere around the roof, they should be firm. If they're split, rotten or loose, it's a serious issue. You might also notice a buildup of moss or mildew in this area, too, especially if the bottom edge of the roof is shaded under a nearby tree. While this doesn't automatically mean there's a major problem, it's still smart to alert your local roofing contractor who can perform a more thorough inspection and make any necessary repairs.

For more information, contact East Texas Roof Works & Sheet Metal LLC. or a similar company.