Don’t wait until your roof leaks to have it repaired or replaced. It’s cheaper and more convenient to find and fix problems before they get any worse. Here are signs that you need to call a roof company right away!
IT’S BEEN 25 YEARS SINCE THE ROOF WAS REPLACED
If you live in an old home and can’t remember the last time the roof was changed, it’s best to have the whole thing checked and even replaced. Don’t just trust the way it looks. It could have issues like insulation or drainage. It may even be using materials that no longer meet current standards or have even been declared unsafe. In this case, it’s better to be safe than sorry and call a roof company to check it thoroughly.
THE SHINGLES ARE SHOWING SIGNS OF WEATHERING
Look for signs that your roof shingles are curling (the edges are turning upwards) or clawing (the middle looks raised). This could lead to leaks if you don’t have them replaced soon. In fact, if you see that most of your roof is showing those signs of wear and tear you may need to have a new roof installed soon.
Aside from curling and clawing, keep an eye out for cracked shingles. This is usually caused by strong winds and other critical weather conditions for your roof, and can eventually lead to shingles breaking off altogether.
THERE ARE MISSING SHINGLES
You can patch up your roof by replacing a few missing shingles, but be forewarned: it’ll hard to find an exact color match especially if you have an old roof whose color has faded from feathering. It may not be a big issue for you, but once your roof starts to look like a patchwork quilt you may want to consider calling a roof company and having the whole thing replaced.
THERE’S MOSS OR ALGAE ON YOUR ROOF
This won’t actually damage your roof, but it does lower your house’s curb appeal. You may be tempted to scrape or power-wash your roof, but this will also weaken the roof shingles by scraping off the granule coating.
You may want to consider replacing your roof with the new moss-resistant shingles. You can also call a roof company for their advice on how to deal with the problem without causing further damage.
YOUR HOUSE FEELS WARMER OR COLDER THAN IT USED TO BE
This is a sign that the insulation isn’t as good as it used to be, and you’re paying a lot more on air-conditioning and heating because of it. A roof company can help you identify the problem and recommend a way of insulating or even replacing your roof. The money you’ll sve on your monthly electricity bills will more than make up for the cost of repairing your roof.
CHECK YOUR ATTIC CEILING
Most people rarely venture into the attic, but do check it about twice a year to see if there are water stains or if you can see light shining through the roof. If light can penetrate the roof, so can rain.