Have you been interested in assessing your roof recently? I mean a thorough real-time assessment. Can you identify the time when you need to bring in a roofing expert to assess your roofs? Or could you have been deliberately overlooking the possible indicators that point the need for your roof inspection because you wish to avoid the idea of what it might cost to replace or restore the roof, in case a problem is identified? In any case, you aren’t the only one. Indeed, you join several other property owners who lack the patience, money, or time for an additional home restoration project, additional expenditure, ideally additional issue that needs your budgetary allocation. You could be keeping your savings for your dream car, renovating a room at home, or even for a family vacation, and you realize that it might not be affordable currently. Thus, you end up ignoring the signs and neglect is to have the dream car, renovate the lovely bedroom, or go for a vacation. Unluckily, a roof restoration is not a problem that you can postpone for long as it ends up being more costly with time in case it does not cost you dearly at the moment!
So, you could be asking, “how can I establish if I need an expert to replace or repair my roof, or if it only needs professional cleaning?” In such cases, you can get in touch with roofing contractors and ask them to inspect the roofs. The majority of the roofing professionals provide inspections free of charge and may even help you acquire a homeowner’s insurance for protecting the majority if not every cost that may result from storm or hail damage. In case you are still not sure if you need to call a roofing professional, this post outlines six signs that will help you realize when your roof needs repair or replacement. You can see most of the signs while assessing through the attic or from the ground where possible. If you opt to get on your roof for inspection, please be cautious since the roof shingles can be loose, making you slip and most likely fall. It is good to be careful.
1. Dark staining or dirty areas on the roofs.
The most probable cause of stained or dark looking parts on the roof results from algae or fungi growth that makes the roof to look abnormally dirty or black in particular areas. This may be a big issue with the roof as mold or algae begins destruction at the shingles’ base, making them loose and decompose. If you see any dark part on the roof and not ready to climb there for inspection or have a proper look, then hire a reliable roofing expert to do the inspection and establish if these stains could be algae growth and the extent of the damage. It is prudent to deal with mold growth at early stages before it progresses to the rest of the roof, making it a big problem and draining your finances to an extent you never imagined.
2. Deterioration of sheathing and shingles.
Shingles can deteriorate or, in the worst-case scenario, the sheathing due to several factors, one of them mentioned earlier. Algae and mold may destroy the organic aspect of your shingles, making them decompose. If this problem progresses unnoticed and starts affecting the sheathing structures, it can be late since the sheathing forms the link between roof rafters and shingles. If such a link is weakened, then it subjects your roof to the vulnerability of loss from winds that come during storms which can interfere with the integrity of the roofing structures. When the roof starts to sag in some parts, it may be an indication of a bigger problem known as roof rot that may result in the potential collapse of the roof. Hiring a roofing contractor to inspect the roof may be preventing extra restoration expenses to the roof and interiors of the apartment that may result from the collapse.
3. Lost, bent, curled or broken shingles.
All these indicators normally show that your shingles may be close to the terminal of their usefulness. Due to the continued exposure to various environmental elements from nature, the shingles on your roof may unfortunately never last forever. Indeed, the normal useful life for a typical fibreglass/asphalt shingle ranges between 20-25 years based on the area you live in your state and the nature of the shingle producers among other aspects. With time, the granules which give color to and shield shingle structures from ultraviolet rays start to slough off revealing the structures to the environmental elements. Such exposure causes an upward cracking or curling at the edges of the shingles with time. At times, the cracks can make shingles break into fragments that fly off from the roof or bend during storms that come with high winds.
4. Peeling and blistering of exterior paint.
This remains the most prominent sign to discover. Unfortunately, this sign is usually ignored or linked to a different problem other than its actual cause. The peeling or blistering of the external paint comes as a result of high humidity or excess moisture due to compromised ventilation mainly in your attic. Insufficient ventilation leads to trapping and build-up of hot air in your attic. Such heating bakes or cooks the shingles of your roof besides causing peeling, bubbling and blistering of the external paint that is on the eaves, gables and siding. Additionally, improper ventilation can lead to unnecessary costs when trying to rectify the mess or install new ventilation structure on your attic. Installing functional fans on your attic and having exhausts on the bathroom is essential in preventing this problem in your residence especially on the roof.
5. Growth of interior mildew and appearance of watermarks on your ceiling.
All signs that indicate the need for roof replacement or repair can appear from the exterior aspect of your home. Some signs may be nearer than you can establish up to a point when it may be too late. In this case, we mean the leaks from your roof. Leakages are normally hard to notice until it becomes almost quite late and equally hard to identify their origin. Roof leakage can result from inadequate underlayment or worsening flashing that you can repair cheaply. Also, the leaks may probably result from a widespread and larger issue that may eventually cost you the next family trip or end of the year bonus if you fail to be watchful. Regrettably, the source of the leaks may be hard to spot since water can run downwards the chimney or rafters or sometimes into your ceiling drywall where it collects and accumulates. This trapping and accumulation of moisture and water may result in mold issues, leaks and cracks in the ceiling as water destroys the sheet rocks. This leads to even worse problems. If you spot watermarks on your ceiling, you must bring in a roofing contractor to assess the issue before it worsens. Practicing routine home inspections at least once every year will be a great approach to prevent unnoticed repair problems on your roofs and the rest of the residence. It is imperative to clear with any renovation problems before they multiply over time.
6. Unnecessary energy expenses.
Several homes today are designed with the idea to enhance energy efficiency in place. From the construction materials that builders utilize down to the home appliances, the green initiatives are getting considerations from builders and homeowners in equal measures. For those living in old apartments, there are several light restoration projects which can convert your old-looking residence into a perfect modern home incorporating energy efficiency. One of the key areas to consider is your roof since it can be a good indicator to help you know if the cost of heating and cooling your home is increasing. In the absence of good ventilation, warm air accumulates in the attic making your energy bills rise significantly during the hot summer period. You try to cool your house and in winter when you have to keep your houses warm for the family. Proper installation of roofs offers excellent ventilation and poor roofing can result in an increase in your energy costs and cause untimely roof damages. What is usually seen as a little repair work may extend the lifespan of the roof. The durability of your roofing structures can be compromised by simple repair issues that you ignore and come to be a major problem that can later eat away your hard-earned savings or deplete your family kitty. Hiring a roofing contractor to assess the attic ventilation and roofs can help you in saving your finances along the way.
Finally, you are now aware of these crucial warning signs that you ought to inspect to evade the hassles and headache of addressing potentially costly and larger repair projects than you can afford. You will not have to divert the deposit for your new vehicle or family trip under your plans, but only when you take timely action before it is late. It is worth noting that many roofing professionals provide free inspections hence it will cost you nothing to have the roof assessed for possible issues that may be restored at a cost less than what you can imagine. It is thus essential to take your time and visit the contractors around your state and request them to inspect your apartments when you find it necessary. All you need is to ensure you do your due diligence and get quotations from various contractors and reliable references. Additionally, ensure you work with duly bonded and certified contractors who offer a guarantee or warranty on their services. Hiring such contractors will ensure you receive high-quality services that meet or exceed your expectations. Embracing proactivity and identifying the suitable roofing contractor for your projects will help you keep off major issues along the way.