A roof replacement is one of the most daunting prospects , but it is vital to stay on top of things and make sure that you don’t let any problems get too out of hand before addressing them. Still, it can be tough to be sure when your roof needs to replaced, or repaired. That’s because, quite simply, it’s way up on the roof. More so than damage to walls, electricity or plumbing, roofing issues are out of sight, and thus out of mind.
There are two main ways to spot roofing issues: from the inside and from the outside. While the latter requires a bit more of a keen eye and some legwork, waiting to be able to notice issues from inside can be problematic and costly. Here are the signs you should be on the lookout for:
- The edges of your shingles are curled
- There are any missing shingles, or the siding is pulling away from the edge
- Discoloration or dark streaks along the edge of your roof: this can be a sign of mold damage.
- Simple age: a roof should be repaired and maintained throughout its lifespan, but the maximum amount of time you can go before a full do-over is usually around twenty years.
- Similarly, if you suddenly notice all your neighbours are getting their roofs redone, this might be one time to keep up with the Joneses. If you live in a housing development, or simply a neighbourhood where most of the houses were built around the same time, your roofs will age together, as well.
- If you have had any water damage near the ceiling, it is a good idea to inspect your roof.
- If you notice any damp spots on the ceiling, or see paint peeling or cracking faster than usual, it may be time for a check-up.
- Especially noticeable during the colder months: if your heating bill has started to climb with no other explanation, more heat could be escaping through your roof, which is a definite sign it is in need of care.
- Most importantly, if you find that you can see light coming through directly into your home, call an emergency reconstruction service immediately.
While often the furthest out of , small issues with your roof can quickly grow and lead to significant structural damage, costing you money and making your home less safe for you and your family. If you have any concerns about your roof, it is best to address them as soon as they become apparent. To answer any questions you have on this subject, or about any aspect of your home’s structural integrity, contact Paul Davis today.