Signs You Need Roof Repair
Sometimes the signs are clear that you need to call a roofing contractor for repairs. Sometimes the signs are small and you don’t know how it could be time yet, but roofs may need repair more often than you think. Your roof has a lifespan of anywhere from three to thirty years, that’s a lot of wiggle room. If your initial roofing job wasn’t quality work, then you may need a repair sooner than you’d like. You need to pay attention to the color and look of your roof to know if you need to call a roofing contractor. If you’ve had some high winds lately, go ahead and take a look at your roof and make note of what you find. Whether it’s commercial roofing or residential roofing, don’t hesitate to contact us if you find any of these signs.
CHECK ROOF OBJECTS
Take a good look at the roof objects on your roof. Damage is more likely to occur around your chimney and vent pipes. If the roofing looks especially damaged around those parts of your roof, go ahead and call a roofing contractor. These may just be minor repairs for now. It’s a good idea to take care of them before they become a bigger issue.
If you see paint peeling and blistering on the roof line, you probably have a problem. A good commercial or residential roof is well ventilated. A bag roof allows moisture and humidity to damage the roof line. If the paint is peeling, you have a good reason to call a professional to help you.
SIGNS OF ROOF SHINGLE DAMAGE
Cracked roof shingles are a no-go.
One pretty clear sign that you need to repair your roof is cracked, curled or missing roof shingles. This means that your roof shingles are at the end of their lifespan. You should call a roofing contractor sooner rather than later as the damage will only get worse and cause other problems as time goes on.
Look out for wet roof shingles.
If your roof shingles are dark, dirty and wet, go ahead and call a roofing contractor. Of course, you need to wait for a nice day to have a clear feel for this hint that your roof needs repair. This is a sign that the shingles are no longer performing their job and it is time to change them out.
Have you seen granules from roof shingles?
Have you noticed coarse, black sand like stuff in your gutters? That is granule from asphalt and composite shingles. As these shingles wear down, they lose their granules. The granules are then free to travel wherever they want. Though it may just seem like a problem of mysterious sand in your gutter, it is actually a more serious sign. Your roof shingles are reaching the end of their lifespan and it is time to go before damage occurs in your home or business building.
SIGNS OF METAL ROOF DAMAGE
So you’re looking at your metal roof and you notice it doesn’t look quite as solid as before. You can more clearly see the lines of the metal seams throughout your roof. The panels of the roof itself seem more moveable and shakeable. As the metal expands and contracts, the screws loosen and the metal panels are allowed to move, ever so slightly, away from each other. This is a serious problem as you may have water damage occurring in your roof due to loose seams.
Look for rust and corrosion.
If you have spots of rust and corrosion, something is up. You should call a roofing contractor and get it fixed as soon as you can before things progress. Next time make sure a waterproof coating has been added to your roof so you can avoid this problem.
SIGNS OF TILE ROOF DAMAGE
Look for water stains on the eaves of your roof. So look for the bit of roof that is visible when you look up while standing right by your house. If there are dark spots underneath your roof on the eaves, you have water damage. Enter your attic if possible. Look for any more stains in your roof. If you find stains, call a licensed roofing contractor to see what all you need to do to fix your roof. A leak may not mean that you need a whole new roof, but you should get any leaks repaired before you end up needing more, expensive, work done.
INDOOR SIGNS OF ROOF DAMAGE
Looking at the outdoor state of your roof is all well and good, but your roof isn’t necessarily fine just because the outside is still pretty and neat. You need to pay attention to indoor signs of roof damage. Some indoor signs are screaming red flags that your roof is struggling, other signs are more inconspicuous.
Check the attic.
We’ve mentioned this once and we will mention it again. Check your attic for any water stains. This is a clear and easy sign that you need to have some repair done. Also, check to see if any light is peaking through the roofing. If you see any light or water stains, it’s time to get help. If you live in a warmer state, be sure to check your attic when weather conditions are cooler. During summer months your attic may be so hot and stuffy that it is a potential heat stroke and fainting hazard. Take care not to step on any weak boards in your attic. No one wants a foot going through the ceiling.
Don’t forget to check the rafters!
Pay attention to whether the rafters in your attic or sagging or not. Your rafters should not be arcing themselves or bowing inwards. If your rafters are warped, you have too much moisture getting into your attic from the roof.
Pay attention to the stains in your home.
Look around you. Do you have stains on the walls or ceiling? You may think you don’t have any, but sometimes leaks start small and leave tiny stains within your home that you haven’t noticed yet. Carefully inspect the inside of your commercial or residential property for any water stains.
It’s a good idea to make a checklist of what you should be looking out for from year to year. Your roof will not last forever and you will most likely see one of these hints of damage at some point. Make checking for these damages part of your yearly routine. Catching damage as early as possible will help you save a lot of money and headache.
If you ever find yourself in need of a skilled roofing contractor in the Arlington area, contact Cowtown Roofing for an inspection.