Even for those who take great care of their property, there will likely come a time that you need to replace or do some major repairs to your roof. Especially if you live in an area that has strong storms, be it windy and rain or a lot of snow accumulation, your roof will likely take a lot more damage than roofs of homes in more temperate areas. But because most people spend the majority of their time at home inside their house, problems with the roof often go unnoticed until it’s past the point of no return. So to help ensure you never get to this point, here are three signs that you might need to repair your roof.
You Can See Through Your Attic Ceiling
Before you ever bother looking at your roof from the outside, you may want to take a look at the inside. Head up into your attic to see if you can notice anything looking out of order up there. According to Donna Boyle Schwartz, a contributor to BobVila.com, the best way to do this is to grab a flashlight and see if anyone outside can see the light shining through the roof. Another thing to look for is dark spots, which could be a signal that there’s water damage or mold forming. If you notice either of these things, you should consider calling in a professional for some roofing help.
You Can’t Remember The Last Time You Had Work Done
Luckily, roofs can usually last for quite a long time. Like decades. Because your average roof doesn’t need a lot a maintenance on a regular basis, it’s easy to completely forget about it until something goes wrong. So according to John Rogers, a contributor to Angie’s List, not remembering how long it’s been since you’ve had any work done on your roof could be a sign that it’s about time to get someone up there to see how things are going. Usually, 20 to 25 years is how frequently you’ll need to have major roof work done, so try to keep this number in mind when deciding if you need a replacement.
You See Red Flags On Self-Inspections
One of the best ways to tell if you need to call in some professional roofing help is by doing your own self-inspection. According to Jonathan Trout, a contributor to Consumer Affairs, some of the red flags that you should be looking for when doing your own inspection include broken or curling shingles, areas with no shingles at all, soft spots on the roof, parts of the shingles or roofing materials gathering in the gutters, or loose flashing around your chimney or other parts of your roof. If you notice any one of these red flags, get some help to fix these issues.
If you ever notice any of the above issues going on with your roof, consider calling in a professional to help you keep your home safe and your roof functioning correctly.