4 Signs Your Roof Needs Repairs


When you come home every day, you probably do not give too much thought to your roof. However, it is one of the most important components of your home. Not only does it keep you safe by keeping the elements out, but it can also save you money by keeping certain things, like your conditioned air in the summer and your heat in the winter, in.

In order to do its job well, your roof needs to be maintained and, depending on the type of roof you have, replaced when the amount of work it needs is just too much. Determining when your roof needs some work done can be difficult, so make sure you keep an eye out for these specific signs.

1) The Age of Your Roof

A typical asphalt shingle roof should around 20 years. However, your roof’s potential lifespan depends on a variety of factors, including how many layers of shingles are on your roof and if the roof is properly ventilated. If you have poor ventilation and two layers of shingles, you will likely need to replace your roof sooner. You should have a roofer check your roof once every three years or so to keep an eye on its condition.

2) Shingle Condition

Even if your roof is on the newer side, you still want to be on the lookout for missing shingles, broken shingles or curling shingles. This can be a major indication that you have water leaks or poor ventilation. In some cases, you may see damaged shingles after a major storm. While the roof structure itself may be fine, you should get a roofer out to replace those shingles. Otherwise, problems can occur later on and result in more damage.

3) Damaged Flashing

Flashing is a piece of metal that is installed around an opening in the roof, such as around a chimney or in roof valleys. This component prevents water from going into the roof and protects areas that are particularly susceptible to water leaks. Over time, flashing can corrode or form holes, preventing it from doing its job correctly. If you start to notice discoloration on your flashing, call in an expert to replace it before it becomes a bigger problem.

4) No Snow on Your Roof in the Winter

This sign can seem odd because, when you first think about it, you may not want snow on your roof. Snow can be heavy and, if the roof is old and weak, it can cause a collapse. In order for that snow to melt, however, there needs to be a heat source. If that heat is not coming from the sun, then it is coming from below. This means that all of that expensive heat you are paying for is escaping from your living space and out your roof. In some cases, your roof may form ice dams, or walls of ice that prevent the snow from leaving your roof. This can result in serious water damage if not fixed.

While this can be frustrating, this may not necessarily be a problem with your roof per se. It could be an issue with the barrier between your living space and the attic. Still, your trusted roofer can help you find a solution to the problem.

If you leave roof repairs to the last minute, you may end up with more problems and expenses than if you take care of them as they are needed. By keeping your roof in tip-top shape, you can rest assured that you are fully protected and ready to endure the elements.

 

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