Constant exposure to the elements can cause roofing materials to look old well before they reach the end of the expected lifespan suggested by their manufacturer. While some visual changes, like fading or minor discoloration, may not impact the roof's ability to protect the home, there are other visual signs that should never be discounted. 

If you are becoming concerned about some of the visual changes you are noticing in the surface of your home's roof, these tips will help you determine which changes are most likely to be related to a developing roof repair issue that will need further attention. 

Changes in shingles 

When shingles are first installed on the roof of the home, they are carefully arranged so that each individual shingle lies flat and the finished surface offers a smooth, uniform appearance. When shingles are damaged by wind, hail, age, or some type of sudden impact, they may rip, crumble, or be pushed up or out of position, all of which can change the visual appearance of the roof.

Visual changes in shingles can also occur due to the deposits of dust, debris, leaves, organic matter, or salt on the surface of the roof. While these deposits may not result in immediate damage, they should not be ignored because of their potential to deteriorate and weaken the surface of the roof. 

Homeowners who notice any changes in the appearance of their home's roofing shingles should consider having the roof inspected by a reputable contractor who specializes in residential roofing repair solutions. 

Changes in flashing 

Flashing is used around openings in the roof, like chimneys and flues, and in roofing seams to prevent water infiltration in vulnerable areas of the roof. Typically formed from a soft, bendable metal, flashing material can be easily damaged by strong winds or when the roof is impacted by falling limbs or debris.

Flashing can also undergo visual changes when the adhesive material used to seal it ages and deteriorates, allowing the edges of the flashing to move out of position. When flashing or the adhesive material used to hold it in position is damaged or deteriorated from age, water can begin to seep beneath the flashing and penetrate the underlying layers of the roof to form a leak into the interior of the home. 

Homeowners that notice any changes in the visual appearance of the flashing on their home's roof are seeing signs of a potentially serious roof repair issue. Contacting a contractor who offers residential roofing repair solutions, like those at Elite Exteriors, helps to protect your home and minimize damage to your home's roof.