The average person will wait until their roof is literally leaking before actually making a change. This is highly inadvisable for obvious reasons and can mean your roof has serious damage. By looking into things before the actual leak shows up you can save yourself lots of money, and cut down on the amount of labor the roofers have to do. If you’re starting to think your roof might need a fix, take a look at the five signs in this article and inspect your roof personally (if you feel comfortable doing so). If you notice any of them, get in touch with a roofing expert before the damage gets any worse.
The Shingles are Curling:
This can be a huge sign that your roof needs fixing. Whether the shingles are relatively new, or old, if they’re curling it’s a sign that the affected area needs to be fixed immediately. The roof could have been done badly in the first place as well – when you speak with a licensed roofing expert they can tell you if you’re liable for a reimbursement from the old company.
Damage to the Valleys:
The valley is the area where rain, snow, and leaves run through your roof. This is the most commonly worn-down area of a roof, so if there’s damage to that area, you can expect some serious leaking soon. The decay will only get worse. If you notice the valleys are suffering from severe damage, be sure to get in touch with a roofing expert immediately to take a look at it.
Granules in Your Rain Gutters:
When you rain gutters flush out, if you notice little granules (these are found in the shingles on your roof) there’s a good chance your roof needs repairs. This means the shingles are severely worn down and are reaching the end of their expectancy.
You Can See Light:
This isn’t referring to any kind of nice light – if you go up into your attic and can see the light from outside pouring through, you have serious damage to your roof and there’s a chance leaking has already begun into your attic.
Your Roof is Old:
Most people don’t reside at the same home for 25 years (the average life expectancy of a new roof), but if the shingles are old, and the roof was constructed around 20-25 years ago, it should be replaced soon. You’ll likely see damage starting to turn up like the four examples given above. On the bright side, getting a new roof raises the value of your home and you’ll stay dry for quite some time!
It takes about an hour to check your roof for these problems, and for most, it will take even less time than that. Be sure to check for granules after a storm, not just randomly, otherwise you might not find anything as they may dissolve into the soil near the gutter. Make sure to call a qualified expert if any of these issues pop up! You could save yourself hundreds of dollars in the long run by getting your problem addressed quickly.