Your roof is one of the most important parts of your home, so keeping it in good shape is essential. If you properly maintain your roof, you’ll save yourself the headache of possible costly water damage. There are signs to look for that indicate it may be time to call a professional roofing contractor to get your roof back to normal.
Pay Attention to These Signs
Your home’s roof is one structure where you should always get professional help. It is costly to manage unexpected roof repairs and replacements. While you should have a professional roofer come out once a year to inspect your roof, you also need to contact one if any of the following signs of are present.
1. Roof Is Over 20 Years Old
A well-maintained roof can protect your home for many years. If you want your roof to last its entire service life, then you need to schedule regular roof inspections and maintenance. But, as with anything, roofs will eventually wear out and repairs are no longer viable. If you’re concerned about the condition and remaining life of your roof, a professional can give you options.
2. Shingle Granules in the Gutter
All roofs shed granules over the years as a result of normal deterioration. However, if you see excessive granules in the gutter, this is an indicator that your roof is nearing the end of its service life. It’s only a matter of time until they start cracking, blistering, or curling. Your roof needs to be inspected by a professional to see if any small leaks are forming or if replacement is warranted.
3. Missing Shingles
Missing shingles expose your roof’s underlayment to water damage. Once water damages your underlayment, it can reach your attic and even leak through your ceiling. A professional will look for signs of water infiltration and replace the missing shingles.
4. A Sagging Roof
A sagging roof indicates that there are serious structural problems with your attic or foundation. You need to act quickly because this damage is easier and more affordable to deal with if it is small and localized. Look at your roof from the sidewalk and pay attention to your roof’s foundation. If you see it’s beginning to sag, call a professional to come out to inspect it.
5. Clogged Gutters
Your gutters always need to be clear of debris so that they adequately move water away from your house. Homeowners need to inspect and clean their gutters often, especially during the fall and winter when leaves are falling more frequently. If any of your gutters have sustained damage, then you should repair or replace them, then have a roofer inspect the roof to make sure it hasn’t been impacted.
6. Broken Shingles
If you notice over time that some shingles are starting to crack, have a professional come out and take a look. If you live in an area that is prone to high winds, or if you’ve experienced tornadoes or hailstorms, it’s common for shingles to fall off entirely. A large amount of missing shingles needs to be addressed. Whether it was due to recent weather or gradual deterioration, even the smallest of tears can lead to larger problems.
7. Moisture Problems
Water infiltration can cause a wide array of damages. When insulation gets wet it causes an increase in utility costs. Wet insulation is also a breeding ground for mold and insect infestation. Costs to mitigate mold can add up, along with disruptions to your daily life. If there are any visible watermarks or stains on the walls or ceilings, you have a moisture problem.
8. Bubbling on the Roof
Bubbling can be caused by moisture build-up under chemically adhered roofing or built-up roofing. The more bubbles you have, the less time you have before your roof is compromised. Too many bubbles can indicated it’s time to replace the roof to avoid further damage to your property.
9. Missing or Damaged Flashing
Flashing is what secures the roofing materials and prevents water from compromising the roofing system. When flashing is bent, dislodged, or damaged, the seal breaks, allowing water to penetrate and build up. Time, weather, and improper roof installation can cause damage to flashing. Roofs should only be installed and inspected by a trained and licensed professional.
Trusted Roofing Professionals
If your roof shows any of these signs, call Brian Dawson Roofing. You can count on us for your roof replacement or repair needs. Our core mission is to provide quality roofing services and top-notch customer service, all at a competitive price. Contact us today for a free inspection.