Roofing problems are a homeowner’s worst nightmare, but when this situation does occur, it’s imperative that you act quickly. First, you are going to want to look out for signs that your roof might be in trouble. To do this, though, you must know what to look for. Here are some key factors to look out for.
Leaks are easily the most obvious issue that homeowners tend to fear. Whether it’s a drop of water or a flowing stream, it doesn’t matter. Getting this issue resolved quickly is a must. And the quick-fix solution of placing a bucket under the drips won’t suffice.
Even small damages on your roof can cause big problems for the interior of your home. Often leaks are caused by damages to your shingles, flashing, or areas that are not properly sealed. Some things to look for are cracked, chipped, or broken shingles, dark spots, moisture in your attic or insulation, and clogged gutters.
These issues can quickly turn from an easy fix to a full replacement if you don’t act quickly. Gaining the opinion of someone in the know is advised. After all, there’s no point spending money on a futile short-term solution.
Water entering the home isn’t the only issue to look out for. Water collecting on top of the roof can be an equally disastrous issue. After all, standing water could lead to major damage to those sections of your roof, or in severe cases, that extra weight could cause sections of your roof to collapse.
This is just one of the reasons why it is so important to take care of your gutters. If they are clogged and water isn’t properly draining from your roof you could be creating areas of standing water. Standing water could be causing your roofing materials to degrade and your roof as a whole to age at an accelerated rate.
The underlay is a vital part of your roof and often over-looked. Not only does it help to protect everything in your home, but it is important for the insulation of your home as well. If you suddenly find that your heating bills have shot through the roof, it’s possible your underlay has been punctured.
Punctures and tears to underlay will make a noticeable impact on the home’s ability to keep heat in. Meanwhile, future problems with other parts of the roof will also become worse if the underlay isn’t in great shape.
The roof is there to protect your property from the elements and the first lines of defense are the shingles. Shingles are particularly prone to damage from severe weather and heat. Unfortunately there is nothing we can do about the weather, but there are a few preventative measures you can take.
Although we cannot control how hot it is outside, a well-ventilated roof will reduce the chances of your shingles becoming brittle and lifting. If you do happen to notice damaged shingles, don’t leave it too long. As they say, a stitch in time saves nine.
Here at Able Roof we specialize in roofing, siding, windows, gutters, insulation, and more. If your roof is damaged and in need of repair, don’t wait. Even small problems can become big problems if left alone. If you think the exterior of your home needs some work but you’re not sure, then sign up for our free estimate and we will give you a detailed report of the damage and how much it will cost to get it fixed.