Warning Signs for a Rain Damaged Roof

Posted on: August 27, 2015

While your roof is in place to provide an impenetrable barrier between your home and the raging elements, it’s not impervious to damage.  The same wind, rain, and hail your roof keeps out can inflict some pretty significant damage.  Rain damage can cause your roof to degrade quickly, resulting in leaks, and even structural damage, if left unresolved.

A rain damaged roof may not be easily seen by the untrained eye.  Unless the more obvious signs, such as water in your attic, or water stains on your ceiling or walls, show themselves, you may not be concerned about a damaged roof.  However, weather of any extreme, intense sun, higher than average snowfall, ice storms, and excessive rain, can and will take their toll on your roof, leaving behind some less-than-obvious signs of rain damage.

Rain Damage Warning Signs

Missing Shingles – If you see shingles on the ground below your roof, after a storm, this is a sign of rain damage. Shingles become loose, leaving bare spots, which can then cause water damage to your roof’s structure. Frequent storms can also cause a wearing off of the protective granules covering the shingles.  This leaves the shingles more vulnerable to rain damage.  If you notice missing shingles, or evidence of the protective granules, in your downspout, contact Park Heights Roofing.

Curling Shingles and Buckling – When rain damages the integrity of your roof, water can find a way underneath your shingles, causing warping.  This will be apparent in the curling of your shingles or buckling in your roof. If there is buckling, most likely water damage has occurred.

Rotting or Mold – When you see mold inside your attic, that means water is coming from somewhere, most likely your rain damaged roof. It may be as simple as flashing thats been pulled away and gone unnoticed, letting rain enter your attic.  Wood-rot is common if the water has been standing awhile, either on your roof or inside your attic.  In cases where fungus is growing and visible on your roof, that’s usually caused by trees and vegetation. You will want to have your roof inspected as fungus can be a sign of damaged shingles.

Rain damage may not always be a reason for complete roof replacement. You may simply be in need of repairs, and that’s a much easier pill to swallow.  However, the only way to know for sure is to have your roof inspected by the professionals at Park Heights Roofing.

Roof Repair in Baltimore 

Park Heights Roofing is focused on providing the best in customer service, quality materials, and unparalleled craftsmanship.  The Park Heights team is proud to have been awarded the prestigious title of Baltimore’s Best Roofer from Baltimore Magazine, as well as earning the Super Service Award from the nationally-recognized Angie’s List.  Whenever you suspect rain damage, contact Park Heights Roofing and schedule an inspection.