7 Ways To Tell If It’s Time To Repair Your Roof
Most people don’t really think about the roof over their heads… Until it springs a leak! Don’t wait until the water is pouring through the ceiling and you have to break out the buckets to pay attention to your roof. Keep a close eye on your roof and learn how to spot problems before it severely impacts your wallet with these 7 warning signals.
1. A LEAK IN THE ATTIC
After a strong storm or wind-driven rain, take a look in the attic for signs of leaking. Ice damming can also cause water to enter the house if you don’t have an adequate shingle underlayment or if the flashing (the aluminum or steel used over roof joints, like chimneys and pipes) has deteriorated.
2. BLISTERING OR PEELING INTERIOR OR EXTERIOR PAINT
When paint starts to peel off, the cause is likely trapped moisture in the house due to excessive temperature or high humidity from poor attic ventilation. The air in the attic needs to flow freely from the soffit to the ridge to reduce humidity. Make sure there is a vent in areas such as the kitchen or bathroom. Dryers should vent outside.
3. STAINS ON INTERIOR CEILINGS AND WALLS; MOLD OR MILDEW GROWTH
If you see stains or, even worse, mold growth inside your home, it may be caused by inadequate or faulty shingle underlayment that is allowing water to seep into the house. Inadequate ventilation could also be the culprit, which causes excessive moisture conditions in which mold and mildew thrive.
4. EXTERIOR DECAY, SHEATHING, AND/OR SIDING
Poor attic ventilation is again a possible cause, but any condition that results in excess moisture can contribute to decay. One way to combat the problem is to put a vapor barrier between the insulation and the inside of the house, which can reduce the amount of moisture that goes into a wall and help the moisture escape from the wall.
5. MISSING, CRACKED, OR CURLED SHINGLES
6. DARK, DIRTY-LOOKING AREAS ON YOUR ROOF
7. EXCESSIVE ENERGY COSTS
Does Your Roof Need to be Repaired?
Not sure if your roof is still repairable? You’re not the first person who wants to figure out if they need a replacement or a repair before calling in a roofing professional. You’ll also find information on insurance claims, below:
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Do you have more questions about your roof? You can find answers to common roofing questions below.
Q: Can I just replace the damaged shingles?
- A: A roof consists of more than just the shingles. In some cases, you can just replace the shingles if the area of damage is small. However, that’s not possible if most of your roof is damaged. It’s best to replace the structure entirely to save money in the long run.
Q: Can a new roof lower my energy bills?
- A: A new roof can certainly lower your energy bills. An old or damaged roof won’t ventilate your home properly and cause your monthly energy costs to spike. A new roof will eliminate that problem for you.
Q: Is a roofing replacement a good investment?
- A: A new roof can improve the curb value of your home, lower energy costs, and save you money. It’s often the best course of action for homeowners.