Since it’s difficult to take a close look at the roof of your home, it might be hard to tell whether or not it needs to be repaired or replaced. Here are 9 signs that will tell you that you need to contact roofers as soon as possible.
1. Your roof is old
Most roofs will last between 20 and 25 years. If the last time a team of roofers visited your home was more than 25 years ago, your roof will probably need to be repaired or replaced very soon.
2. You see water spots on your ceiling
If you see water spots, mold or mildew on your ceiling, this is a sign that your roof is leaking, and that you should get it repaired immediately. Water spots can grow very quickly, and it’s important to fix this problem before it gets worse.
3. Your attic leaks
If, while searching for something in your attic, you find water stains or some ice build-up, this is a sign that doesn’t lie. Your attic has a leak, and this leak will keep getting worse until you get it fixed by professional roofers.
4. You see sunlight in your attic
If you don’t find any ice or water stains in your attic, you might still have an unpleasant surprise. If sunlight is coming through the roof boards, or if you find moisture in the insulation of your attic, it’s time to get in touch with roofing experts.
5. You notice cracked shingles
Cracked or curled roof shingles can be difficult to notice if there are only a few of them. However, when you see many of them all over your roof, this is a sign that it needs to be repaired or replaced.
6. You notice that some shingles are missing
Sometimes, shingles are not simply damaged, they are missing. Heavy winds can lift up shingles from the roof, especially if they are starting to show signs of age. Missing shingles need to be replaced before the roof starts leaking.
7. You find many roof granules in your gutters
When roof shingles are damaged, they start loosing their granules, which are supposed to protect them from the elements. If you notice a lot of granules in your gutter system, you should start thinking about getting your roof replaced.
8. Your gutters or your flashings are damaged
If your gutters or your flashings are damaged, they might end up damaging your roof and the structure of your roof as well. You should try to make sure your gutter system and your flashings are kept in good condition.
9. Your energy bills are higher than usual
Issues with your roof can make it more difficult to keep your home warm in the winter, and cool in the summer. If your energy bills are higher than they usually are, it might be a good idea to get your roof inspected by roofers.