The roof on your home is important, but it is often ignored until something goes wrong. The roof protects the house’s construction, your family and everything stored inside your home. If you haven’t visually inspected your roof lately, it’s a good idea to give it some attention to get ahead of any common maintenance or repair issues that may arise.
Your roof is made up of layers, but it’s most common that homeowners first notice that there is something wrong with the shingles. Shingles are the first line of defense when it comes to protecting the decking material underneath, so it’s important that your shingles are kept well maintained.
If you notice that you have missing shingles, then be sure to note how many are gone. It’s common for a couple of shingles to come off during a big storm, but keep in mind that you can’t see the entire roof. If one or two are missing, then there could be a lot more, which can create a problem in the long run.
During your visual inspection of the roof, you should be looking for damage to the shingles as well. If they are curling, splintered or cracked, then you will want to call us to do a more detailed roof inspection. Another item to take note of is whether your shingles appear to be damp, wet or have moss growing on them. This could indicate trapped moisture or a leak in the roof and should be taken care of as soon as possible.
If you are noticing sandy, black granules on the ground or in the rain gutters, it could be a sign that your shingles are deteriorating. As you’re looking over your roof, pay special attention to the openings around chimneys, vents and pipes. What you should be looking for is excess wear in those areas.
Peeling paint on the house is another sign that your roof needs maintenance due to improper attic ventilation related to the roof or gutters. Don’t forget to look over your roof deck for signs of damage as well.
There are clues inside your house that your roof needs work, like water-stained ceilings that you should not ignore. Leaky roofs never get better on their own, so don’t put off getting your roof fixed. If your attic or crawl space is damp or you see light coming in, there are both indications that you need the help of a professional roofer. Finally, if it seems like your energy bills have been higher than normal, it could be a sign of a problem with the roof due to faulty ventilation or a hole in the roof.