Not paying attention to the warning signs that your roofing is in trouble will end up costing you, so it is important to learn how to spot the warning signs around your house before the damage is done. Here are some tips on what to look for and when it may be time to hire a roofing contractor to do the work.
The roof is leaking.
Water can seep into your home from different areas, but most likely from the roof. It may sound obvious, but some homeowners may ignore a small water spot or leak that appears to be very small to consider it serious. But even these tiny leaks can result in big and expensive damage, such as mold and rotting. In order to avoid this, make sure you or a roofing contractor inspect penetrations such as chimneys or skylights, and the shingles, every six months. Fall and spring are best for doing a thorough inspection. Also, take a look in the attic for water stains after a storm. Often a leak will start in the attic, and if you wait until it moves into the living space, you may be too late for a simple repair job.
Stain patches on the ceiling.
When you see stain spots or mold inside your home, it may be caused by a damaged shingle underlayment that is letting water to seep into the house. Inadequate ventilation could also be the problem, which causes moisture build up resulting in mold and mildew growth. Call a roofing contractor to inspect.
Missing or broken tiles.
It’s not a big deal to replace a few tiles if some are missing, but if you don’t have any spare tiles left from the installation, replacement tiles may not match exactly. As a matter of fact, even spare tiles from the installation may not match exactly due to the natural weathering of the tiles on the roof. Many missing tiles could mean that your roof is nearing the end of its useful life and you may need to consider a complete roof replacement.
The roof is sagging.
A droopy roof is most likely a sign of a serious structural problem. Rafters or the ceiling joints under the roof can lose their strength and start to rot. The weather could also be responsible for the sagging roof. Call a professional roofing contractor immediately, as this is a serious safety hazard.
The roof looks old.
Even if you think that the roof looks good for its age, have a roofing contractor inspect its condition to find out if there are any hidden problems that should be fixed immediately. Some problems are impossible to see from the ground, so periodic roof inspections are recommended. It’s highly advised to let a professional roofing contractor go up on the roof because they have the proper safety equipment and are best trained in safety procedures.
Too much granules in the gutter.
When your roof is new, seeing granules in the gutters is totally normal since they can loosen during installation. If your roof is older it could mean your shingles are wearing down and may need to be replaced. Granules shield the shingles from the sun and once they are gone, the shingles may deteriorate faster.
Little critters living in your roof.
Insects or animals like raccoons or squirrels can wreak havoc on a roof. While this may not be a warning sign for a full roof replacement, make sure you check for signs around your house and have the roof and attic inspected for possible damage. If you find there is a termite infestation, you will need to call an exterminator.