Many roofing problems don’t start with your shingles. Undetected issues on the other parts of your roof, such as the downspouts and gutters, may affect the performance of your roofing in Wheaton IL. If you don’t find these problems and solve them immediately, you may have to deal with costly repairs and replacements.
To avoid unnecessary expenses, we’ve listed common issues that can help you identify potential or ongoing problems:
Dark Granules in Your Downspouts
Although having a few loose granules is normal for asphalt shingles, a large volume of granules coming off of your roof should be cause for alarm. Exposure to the elements and age can affect the performance of your roof—and more granules coming off is a sure sign of your roof’s increasing deterioration. As the granules are washed away through your downspouts, your roof material thins and eventually exposes your home to the elements.
Leaves and Other Debris in Your Downspouts
The presence of leaves and other debris in the downspout may lead to blockages in your gutter. When your gutters aren’t draining properly, your roof may be prone to ice dam formation this winter, as water may pool in the gutter and freeze. The added weight may loosen the gutter or pull it off the fascia board, taking the flashing with it. Furthermore, trapped water may back up under the shingles, and leak into your house.
Animals Running along Your Gutters and through the Downspouts
Animals running in and out of your downspout may mean they are nesting in it. They may clog your drainage system and damage your roof, gutters, and foundation.
Your roof is made up of different parts. To keep it in good condition, don’t just focus on the shingles. You should also check your gutters and downspouts for problems. You will be able to avoid many problems if you inspect these parts regularly, too.
To make sure you don’t miss anything, schedule a roof inspection with our roofing contractors in Wheaton IL. We at A+ Roofing are certified by different manufacturers and organizations, including CertainTeed and GAF. We also have an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau. To learn more about our services, simply fill out our contact form or give us a call.
Check out part two of our blog to learn more about the things you have to look out for when doing a gutter and downspout inspection.