Leaking Roofs Signs: 7 Signs for Homeowners

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Important Leaking Roofs Signs:

In today’s post we go over some leaking roofs signs. Procrastination is a homeowner’s biggest enemy. Certain warning signs need immediate attention. If they are ignored, the problem usually gets worse and consequently more expensive to fix. Our experts here at American Standard Roofing have come up with a list of 7 warning signs of leaking roofs that need immediate attention. Taking care of them sooner will help lessening the home repair costs especially for your roof.

1. Roof is Missing Shingles:

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If you spot a missing shingle, that is one of the important leaking roofs signs. A missing shingle might be indicative of a damaged sealant strip under the shingle. It can also point to a critter on your roof. A furry animal running over your roof can be responsible for loose or missing shingles. Our expert roofers here at American Standard Roofing recommend removing any tree branches or modes of access for these animal onto the roof.

If shingles become old and brittle, the sealant underneath them that holds them in place fails. Water can leak into the house if shingles are missing or loose. If you see missing shingles, the roof needs immediate attention.

2. Spots on ceilings:

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This is one of the biggest signs of leaking roofs. A water spot shows that roof has a leak but it can be tricky to pin point the leak’s location. Our experts point out that a small leak is much harder to spot than a big one. The reason is because if there are only a couple of drips it’s hard to locate than a full-on bigger leak. water does not drip straight down. It trickles along the roofing panels before dropping on your insulation. This is when you see water marks on your ceilings. The best way to go about in this situation is to enroll the help of a professional roofing expert. A light spot on the roof could be condensation from plumbing or windows. But if this water spot appears only after rainfall, or increases in size and color, it definitely shows signs of leaking roofs.

3. Water spots on exterior walls:


Leaking Roofs Signs

Water spots and leak signs on the outside walls is a sign that the step flashing is damaged, rusted or loose. What is a step flashing? In layman terms, this is what connects the roof and the wall.

This type of leak is very similar to water spots on the ceilings, as explained above. If the damage appears and gets worse after rains, the problem is with a bad step flashing. Step flashing replacement is not a a very easy task as it has to be integrated properly with the roof and the siding. Our experts suggest hiring a professional roofing service to install these. What you do not want is two different sidings joined together and have a gap in between for water to seep through. We recommend keeping an eye for this one of the leaking roofs signs.

4. Gutters filled with granules after every rainfall:


This is a clear indication of leaking roofs signs. This shows that shingles on the roof are disintegrating and their lifespan might be over. Our professional roofers here suggest that a little bit of granules collecting in the gutters is not a big concern. However, if homeowners see a lot of granules after a rainfall, check your shingles. Balding shingles without granules is a sign that you need new shingles. This is because granules protect the roof from sun’s UV rays. Once there are no granules, the shingles become exposed to extreme temperatures. This makes the shingles brittle and more open to exposure. Losing the granules simply means shingles are aging.

Before deciding to get new roofing shingles however, our experts advise to check if you’re shingles are still under warranty. That might save homeowners a lot of money.

5. Cracks in shingles on roof:

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Cracks in shingles is also another leaking roofs signs. It is a good indication that shingles have reached their lifetime. If you see balding shingles on your roof with no granules, that means they need to be replaced. If you didn’t see the granules washing away but are now seeing cracks, it means the same thing. Time to replaces shingles. Shingles crack because they have been exposed to direct sunlight and extreme temperatures. It is a good idea for homeowners to check if their shingles are still under warranty. If they are, it can end up saving money for the homeowner.

6. Cupped up shingles:

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We covered this in part in an earlier post as well for signs of leaking roofs. Cupping in shingles is more than likely due to improper ventilation in the attic. This leads to moisture getting trapped between insulation and the roofing panels. When the attic gets too hot, the heat generated from under the shingles can cause them to become curved as well. Another accepted reason is that when shingles get old, their corners turn up and they start becoming wavy. Our experts suggest that age of the shingles is more of factor than a hot attic when it comes to cupping or wavy shingles. The best solution if you spot wavy shingles on your roof: contact a professional roofer. If homeowners ignore this, the problem will only get worse and more expensive to fix.

7. Black stains on the roof:

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Black stains on your roof point out that there is algae growing on your roof (shingles). While it may not be a huge contender among signs of leaking roofs, it does have an unpleasant look to it. Who would want algae growing on their shingles, right? Power washing might solve the problem temporarily, but it might wash away the granules on the shingles. That is not a good solution.

The solution to this is simple. Our experts recommend placing zinc strips near the ridge of the roof. These strips release a fungicide when it rains. That can kill the algae growing on shingles. Another recommendation our experts suggest replacing homeowners existing shingles with algae-resistant ones when it’s time to re-roof.

Signs of leaking roofs: Summary

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If homeowners pay attention to these above mentions signs, this can help them in saving money. This will also help in cutting costs when it is time for a new roof. They say prevention is better than cure. We agree. Remember to give us a call for your roofing needs. We handle metal roofing as well as shingles. We have been in the business for over 36 years and we stand behind our work. Our professionals take pleasure in providing quality service and products. We meet or beat any quotes from our competition.

Signs Need New Roof: Part 2 by American Standard Roofing

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Signs Need New Roof: Continued

Our today’s post is a continuation of our previous post regarding signs need new roof. Our panel of experts here at American Standard Roofing pick up the discussion where we left off.

Roofing Nail Pops:

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The picture above might be one of signs need new roof. Roofing nail pop ups are more common than one thinks. Our experts explain that there are plenty of reasons why nails back out of seemingly solid wood. The most common reason is that the nail did not get grab the wood good when it was first driven. Our team also indicated that it is very important that roofing nails of the correct length are used to secure shingles. As a key measurement, we suggest that sharp end of the roofing nail should completely pass through and extend approximately 3/8 inch past the underside of the roof sheathing.

Drip Edge:

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Our team explains that a bad drip edge might be one of signs need new roof for you. A good drip edge helps the water flow properly into the gutters thus preventing it from flowing behind and damaging the fascia boards in the process. Unfortunately many contractors cut corners but either not installing any or by using a very thing type. Make sure your new roof has drip edge installed all the way around it. Even where there are no gutters, and that it is the widest on the market.

Fascia & Soffit:

Fascia & Soffit

An additional thing to look out for signs need new roof is this one. Our team explains that when water is getting in from behind the gutters or from a roof leak it can cause the fascia and soffit to rot out extremely quickly. This all needs to get replaced when having new roofing installed and should be included in the original quote. If possible, it is also a good time for your contractor to install soffit venting that will help keep the wood breathing and thus healthy for a long time to come.

Algae & Mold:

Algae & Mold

Finally, algae and mold. These not only cause nasty stains on your old roof but also can cause it to age prematurely. The signs are easy enough to see and just because you notice some discoloration does not necessarily mean that there is anything wrong. However, it doesn’t hurt to call a local expert to properly assess the situation especially if your roof is over ten years old. Make sure that your new shingle is algae and mold resistant when choosing your new roof.

We’re Here For All Your Roofing Needs!


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We are certified and licensed roofing contractors. We know about signs need new roof. We also have over 36 years of experience in the industry. American Standard Roofing stands behind it’s work. Our reputation is important to us. We believe in never sacrificing quality for easy profits. We also stand behind our services for the lifetime of the product, both labor and material. That is why we are #1 metro Detroit roofers. Give us a call today at (248) 350-2323 to see how we can help you out.

Signs You Need New Roof: American Standard Roofing’s Quick Guide

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Signs You Need New Roof:

In today’s post, our panel of experts here at American Standard Roofing discuss signs you need new roof. These are some basic things that homeowners tend to over look.


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Flashing is something commonly over looked by inexperienced roofers. Homeowners can have disastrous consequences if flashing is not installed correctly. Here are a couple examples of bad installs you should be aware of.

In the first, the flashing may simply be old and is pulling away from the brick. It looks like they have attempted some repairs by caulking it up but this will only last so long.

The next picture they just ran the underlayment up the wall without anything to hold it there. Sooner then later the underlayment will pull away exposing the wood underneath to water. All of our installations get flashing and then a layer of rubber ice guard followed to counter flashing to seal it tight.

Sidings Issues:

Improper Sealed Siding

The above problem may just be from improperly sealed siding but it is a good example of another roofing problem that is likely to cause leaks. On a proper installation the siding should be removed and ice guard wrapped a few inches up the wall to prevent and water from getting in. We often see damage like this when water gets behind the siding and then slowly rots it out.

Shingle Blowoff:

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Shingle blow off is probably the most common repair lead we get called on. Often it is caused by a severe windstorm and nothing could have been done to prevent it. But then again, many times we notice that the shingles have been nailed wrong causing such issues to keep occurring. Make sure there are both enough nails in the shingle and that they are being nailed in the proper place to ensure maximum protection and longevity.

Adding Shingles Over Existing Shingles:

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Amateur roofers will sometimes convince unsuspecting customers that adding shingle over the existing shingle is the way to go in order to save a few dollars. That is just inviting future problems. Unless the existing shingle is stripped off completely there is no way to be sure the wood is any good underneath. If you nail good shingle to bad wood they will inevitably fall off fairly soon! Regardless, in time the nails from the layer underneath will start to work their way up causing problems such as those seen in the image below.

Keep a look out for our part two of this same discussion!

We’re Here For All Your Roofing Needs!


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We are certified and licensed roofing contractors. We will know if you need new roof. We also have over 36 years of experience in the industry. American Standard Roofing stands behind it’s work. Our reputation is important to us. We believe in never sacrificing quality for easy profits. We also stand behind our services for the lifetime of the product, both labor and material. That is why we are #1 metro Detroit roofers. Give us a call today at (248) 350-2323 to see how we can help you out.