Many people employ an “out of sight, out of mind” mentality when it comes to repairs to their homes. This way of thinking is dangerous and costly because these homeowners often only fix problems after they’ve become too big to ignore and more expensive to fix. However, when talking about the roof of a structure, waiting until it’s too big to ignore may be too late to prevent structural damage and health risks to the occupants. That’s where Innovative Contractors can help. Here are five signs that show your roof may need some work.
There are many ways to detect potential issues with your roof, and some of them don’t even require a ladder. For example, you can check for issues in your attic that are signs of problems with the roof above. Go into your attic and look beams of light coming through the top of the house, which are clear signs of areas in need of roof repair. Also watch for water stains and streaks, as these may indicate a leaky roof. If you notice any of these issues in your attic, you can contact a professional roofer, like Innovative Contractors for a more thorough inspection. You should check the ceiling and walls of your home for similar signs of leaky water damage.
Roof Showing Signs of Age
No matter how good the construction, no roof lasts forever without some updates and repairs. If you know when your roof was last your roof was replaced or reshingled, you know when it’s time for touch up. Knowing when a roof was installed, and its construction material, will give you some idea of how long it should last. The typical asphalt shingle roof lasts around 20 to 25 years. Similarly, a roof installed over an existing layer of shingles should be replaced after 20 years. While other factors will affect the longevity, if it’s been around 20 years since your roof was serviced, it’s probably time for some work to be done.
Missing or Damaged Shingles
To prevent your roof from being “out of sight, out of mind” take the time to look over it, especially after heavy storms. The shingles are there to protect the roof, so if they’re damaged, then roof repairs won’t be far behind. Check to see if all of the shingles are lying flat against the roof. Finding patches of shingles that are cracked, damaged, or buckling, is a sign that it’s time for some repairs. You should also check the gutters and downspouts for shingle granules. If may be a sign that your shingles are nearing the end of its useful like if they are losing a lot of granules.
Drooping or Sagging Areas
A droopy, sagging roof is one of the most apparent signs that roof needs to be repaired soon. Drooping and sagging are signs of structural damage since the roof is having difficulty holding up its weight. Without repair, a drooping or sagging roof will collapse. The sagging spot can accumulate water, which can further damage the structure.
Unwanted Plant Growth
Moisture is the bane of roofs, as it can lead to damage in multiple ways. Besides leading to structural rotting and sagging, the moisture can encourage plant growth that can harm the building further. Moss, mold, and fungi are indicators there may be trapped moisture on the roof, which can lead to ruin. Mold can also become a serious health hazard for the occupants of the building, so it’s essential to watch for and treat any signs of unwanted plant growth and trapped moisture in the roof.
If you think your roof may require some repairs, Innovative Contractors can help. We are one of the top-rated roofing contractors in Omaha, NE. Our team can help with any issue you have with your roof, from repairs to installation. Send us a message online if you would like to learn more.