Published on 13 Oct, 2017

Severe weather, extreme temperatures and old age all contribute to the wear and tear of your roof. A damaged roof can cause leaks, decrease your home’s value or even collapse. Here’s how to tell if it’s time for a new roof or you just need to make some repairs.

One of the most important structures of a house is the roof. It keeps the inside of your home safe from the elements and plays a key role in boosting energy efficiency. This is why you need to keep it in top shape at all times.

Over time, your roof will start to show signs of wear. In most cases, the repairs that have to be done are time sensitive, because the longer that you wait to repair them, the more damage they can cause to your home. A visual inspection of your roof can help you spot missing and damaged shingles. If this type of damage is localized, roofing repairs might be able to address the problem. More extensive damage, however, might necessitate roof replacement. Bear in mind that the chimney, ventilation pipes, roof flashing, gutters and fencing can also get damaged. Be sure to inspect them as well.

Here are 3 signs of damage you should check for regularly to determine whether your roof needs professional repair services:

1. Water Stains

If you notice water stains on your ceiling and walls, something has gone wrong with your roof. Some stains are difficult to spot as they occur in darker corners, while others are small stains that could be a sign of a much larger leak. If you notice discoloration on your ceiling or walls, take a closer look for mold, moisture, and other signs of a leak. Keep in mind that leaks only get worse, never better. That’s why once you see moisture somewhere, quickly schedule an inspection and fix the leak as soon as possible.

2. Missing or Broken Roof Shingles

Some of the most common problems homeowners experience are missing, curling or broken shingles. If your shingles are showing wear, further damage is sure to follow. A roof that’s getting patchy is more prone to leaking over time and even though you don’t see a leak inside your house, there could still be a slow leak into the attic or crawl space. When you see damage occurring on your roof, ask for an inspection so that you can learn more about the state of your roof and address possible leaks.

3. Sagging Roof

Roof lines should be arrow straight. If you can see a dip, curve or swag on the peak when standing in the street, your roof has a problem. It might be something basic you can handle yourself, but it’s equally likely to be quite complicated and to require intervention by a professional. Generally a sagging roof is a sign that there is too much weight, which is caused by a thick layer of shingles left over from past repairs. You need to act fast in this situation, because with too much weight the roof can totally collapse.

Just like preventive maintenance on your vehicle it’s better to keep your roof in good condition rather than wait for a serious problem to occur. Roof repairs cost a lot less when you don’t have to deal with costly water damage.

Are you looking for a local roofer? Flattro has a list of trusted local roofers and roofing contractors to help you to find a roofing specialist that can give you the service you need, when you need it.

The sky’s the limit if you have a roof over your head.

Sol Hurok

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