The roof is usually the most mistreated part of a home. It often sits unnoticed on a day-to-day basis until something goes wrong. So how are you supposed to know your roof needs to be repaired or replaced unless you see water dripping from the ceiling? Here are six warning signs that will help identify when your roof is in need of a little TLC.
1. Curled or Buckling Shingles
If you look at your roof and notice that some of the shingles may be curling or breaking, it’s probably time to look into replacing them before worse damage occurs.
2. Missing Shingles
Missing shingles is a glaring warning sign that your roofing needs to be replaced. If not replaced soon, you can expect significant damage to more than just your roof. Repairing your roof at the first sign of missing shingles will save you time and money as a leaky roof can also ruin ceilings, walls, insulation and electrical wiring.
3. Roof Valleys
A roof valley is the line between two different angles of your roof. When rain and snow hit your roof, they flow through these valleys and into gutters. The angles of your roof drain towards the valleys, which are then channeled toward the sides of the roof and into the gutters. If the valley of your roof is compromised, you run a serious risk of leaks.
4. Daylight Through the Roof Boards
Be sure to check your attic to see if any daylight is visible through the roof boards. It’s also important to check the insulation for moisture. Wet insulation can lead to higher air conditioning and heating bills and even sickness from mold buildup, so be sure to check fairly regularly.
Even if your roof doesn’t show signs of damage, regular roofing maintenance is necessary. Exposure to sun, wind, rain and snow can compromise the integrity of your roof over time. If you’re concerned your roof may not be as resilient as it used to be or cannot remember the last time it was inspected, call us for a consultation today. A second opinion never hurts.
Insurance companies work to protect you and your family from potentially harmful situations and the drastic damage costs that can come as a result. If your insurance company says a new roof is needed for your home, don’t delay.