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Knowing when it's time to call in experienced Newport News roofers is difficult, but it can be a simple process when homeowners pay attention to their roof's little warning signs. Aside from obvious leaks, most failing roofs experience a handful of smaller, less noticeable symptoms that can lead to significant problems if left unchecked.

Residential roofs involve a number of protective, watertight layers designed to prevent water from working its way through all of these layers. As a result, even tiny dribbles or drips of water into a home's interior is a harbinger of larger problems elsewhere. Anytime a homeowner notices a small leak, it's important to call in a roofing professional right away.

Paint blisters or discolored spots on a home's interior walls signal that water is seeping into the home via the roof. Peeling or blistered paint can also point to insufficient roof ventilation or failed window glazing. A knowledgeable roofer can pinpoint the cause of the wall moisture and make helpful recommendations for solving the issue.

Similarly, discolored or sagging ceilings are caused by water that makes its way from the rooftop to the home's interior spaces.

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Often, this is a result of outright leaks caused by shingle failure or blow offs, but it can also result from inadequate roof ventilation that allows moisture to build up between the roof and the ceiling.

Home roof systems are installed to create a solid, even and watertight surface, and any interruption to this continuous system can lead to major roof issues. Loose flashing, buckled or curled shingles, broken roof tiles or a roof line with a wavy appearance is a sure sign that there's a problem with the roof. Loosened, missing or compromised shingles allow water, wind and heat to creep into the home, while wavy roof lines are a hint that roof decks or underlayment is damaged. A qualified roofer is a homeowner's best resource for troubleshooting the issue.

Small granules accumulating in gutters and drain spouts are also a sign that the roof is losing its protective qualities. Granules cover most asphalt shingles to protect them from damaging sun rays and heat. Over time, these granules wash away with rainstorms, wind and other forces. Homeowners can expect to see a few granules in the gutter, but an excessive amount of granules means there are more significant issues with the roof's infrastructure.

Finally, moss and algae buildup on rooftops can create serious damage to roof systems. Homeowners should call in a professional to remove the growth before moss has a chance to burrow into the roof's surface and compromise coverings and seals.

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