How do you know when your home needs roof repair, and what can you do about it?
Most homeowners don’t spend a significant amount of time staring at their roofs. In fact, after a while of living in your home, you fail to often fail to notice your roof in the overall scheme of your house. It’s for this reason that many homeowners miss the signs when they need roof repair. But the signs are there, if you know what to look for. Want to make sure your roof stays in shape? Here are a few ways to know that you need roof repair:
Roof shingles can be damaged in a number of ways, and you can often spot it even from the ground. It may be that your roof is missing shingles, or that certain shingles are cracked or curling. If you check your roof gutters, you may also notice black granules that have been shed from your roof. Asphalt shingles that have begun to shed granules will not be able to protect your home from leaks and water damage and should be repaired as soon as possible.
Sagging or Discoloration
Most roofs are slanted at a certain angle, but they’re done so by design. If your roof is sagging, that could speak to issues with the roof decking below or a weakness in the structure as a whole. Discoloration can also be a problem, often one that indicates roof rot. If you notice sagging or discoloration when it comes to your roof, you may need to replace the entire roof rather than simply having it repaired.
Wear, Tear, and Loose Flashing
Do you notice any general wear and tear to your roof? Don’t take for granted that these are simply signs of age. They’re still a good reason to have your roof repaired. In particular, look for wear and tear around roof openings such as skylights or vents. One issue might be loose roof flashing. Roof flashing is typically a thin sheet of metal wrapped around roof vents in order to prevent leaks. When these become old and worn down, they may come loose, making your roof more susceptible to leaks and roof rot.
Whether you need your roof repaired or you need a full roof replacement, Montgomery Winslow is here to help. Contact us today to learn more about the signs you need roof repair or to schedule a free roof estimate.