Leaks and roof damage aren’t something you should allow to creep up on you. Taking an active role in keeping your roof in good shape can prevent a lot of costly issues. Still, while it isn’t rocket science, having some knowledge of what to look out for can help you anticipate and prepare for potential problems. Here are a few things that should cue you to call in for professional roof repair.
An Aging Roof: Take a moment to ask how long it has been since your roof was installed, especially if you aren’t the original owner. Have your roof assessed, as there may be underlying damage on your “perfectly fine”-looking old roof. Is your roof approaching the 20- or 25-year mark? Then it’s definitely time to start saving up for some potential repairs or roof replacement. Some roofs, especially newer ones, can boast of lifespans up to 50 years or more, but will still need the check-up.
External Damage: Don’t go climbing up your roof and start poking around, of course. But with binoculars and maybe a stepladder, look out for areas on your roof with cracked or missing shingles and decay stains on your soffits and fascia. Check the condition of your flashing, and keep an eye out for signs of rust or punctures where water could seep into the home. Keep an eye out for asphalt granule loss as well, as deteriorated shingles are brittle and will shed off granules in larger quantities over time, leaving your home vulnerable to the elements.
Warning Signs Inside the Home. Roof issues aren’t always easily spotted from indoors. Some signs are much subtler than sagging ceilings or light peeping through holes in the roof – spotting them before they become a major problem can go a long way towards saving you some cash. Water spots on your ceiling indicate that there’s a leak, and not necessarily directly overhead. Water usually travels along roof panels rather than dripping straight down, so the compromised area of your roof could actually be some way away from the water spot inside your home. Mold and unexplained odors are also often a sign of roof damage. It’s important to remember that leaks not only damage your home, they can also soak into, and ruin your roof insulation.
Check your roof often, and if you find anything that doesn’t look right, hire the right roofing contractor to do the job for you. In Part 2, learn the merits of having a pro work on your roof.