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Situations That Call for Work on Your Roof

Situations That Call for Work on Your Roof

May 25, 2021

Isn’t it so nice to have a roof over your head to protect you from the elements? Most homeowners don’t even think about their roofs very often. After all, it isn’t something that you’re looking at every day like the color of your walls or the leaky bathroom faucet. Many houses have roofs that are so tall or angled, it’s hard to even see what they look like. For this reason, homeowners also often neglect roof repair until it is looming over them in the form of a leak or break. This article will help you to think about situations when you might need to repair your roof so that you can be proactive and anticipate the damage before it even occurs.

Normal Wear and Tear

Since your roof is designed to protect the interior and exterior of your house from harsh weather, it can be expected that there will be some wear and tear on your roof as the years go by. Normal wear and tear on your roof can come in many shapes and sizes. The sealant of your shingles may start to wear off and the edges may start to curl. Shingles may also bend, crack, or fly loose in a windstorm. In humid areas, mold may start to develop on the shingles or wood. In particularly dry areas, the asphalt granules on your shingles may start to flake off after many years of being baked in the sun. All of these are totally normal reactions that happen to your roof with time and should indicate to you that it is time to repair your roof.

Roof Leaks

A leaky roof is usually easy enough to spot. You may have water stains on your ceiling. Perhaps there are water lines that run down your walls. During a rainstorm, you might hear or feel a water droplet as you’re walking around your house. The first step with repairing your roof is identifying where the roof leak is located so you can correctly inform your repairman. If you have access to your attic, that is a great way to get closer to your roof and find where water has pooled up above your ceiling. A roof leak could cause a lot of water damage to your home, not to mention the discomfort it can bring to your living space. This is a roof problem that needs to be repaired as soon as possible. Be sure to hire an experienced repairman who will be able to repair your roof quickly and effectively.

After a Storm 

Occasionally, it may be necessary to get roof repairs after a storm. Ideally, you won’t have significant roof damage, although that does often occur in some areas particularly prone to ferocious coastal storms or hurricanes. Depending on the type of stormy weather that you’ve been experiencing you may have different kinds of repairs that you’ll need to be done. High winds could peel the shingles off your roof. Hail might cause little dimples in your shingles or wood that could develop into holes with repeated storms. Snow and Ice could cause build-up and breakage in your gutters. Of course, fall trees and debris could cause extensive damage, which is why it is a good idea to keep your yard clear of old trees or structures that could fall and damage your home. It is important to survey your home after a storm and ensure that your roof doesn’t need repairs.

When You Add a Deck

Adding a deck to your backyard can be a great addition for entertaining and fun. However, if you have certain features on your deck you will want to protect them from being exposed to the elements. After rainstorms or a snowy winter season, pools of water and ice can form and cause your deck to sag. In order to keep your deck in its best condition, it is a good idea to extend your roof or build a covering to protect your deck.

After Moving into a Fixer-Upper

If you’ve just moved into an older home, you may want to contact a roofing company and get an inspection on your roof. Often, older homes that function as rentals or homes for younger couples don’t get the necessary attention that they need when it comes to roof repair. Neglecting roof repair in an older home could cause a lot of problems for your home down the road, so it is better to get your roof inspected right after moving in. Roofing companies can help you to know the right steps to take, especially since homes with roofs 20 years old or older can mean that the materials used weren’t even correctly produced in the first place.

Neighbors are Repairing their Roof 

If you see that your neighbors are repairing their roofs, that is probably a pretty good sign that you should too. Of course, the age difference between your homes will be a factor in that decision, since a newer home may not need repairs as urgently. However, if your neighbors are doing roof repairs, that should be an indicator that the weather conditions have been taking their toll on all the roofs of the area.

Exposed Nails

Occasionally, windy weather may expose some of the nails that keep your roof held together. While this is a natural occurrence, exposed nails can cause many problems for your roof. Exposed nails could rust or come loose with exposure to the elements, making a leak in your roof that could lead to interior and exterior damage. A quick inspection will tell you if you need roof repair done or not.

Poor Chimney and Vent Construction

Many homes have chimneys or vents built into the structure of their roofs. If these additions aren’t constructed properly, they can lead to interior leaking and damage other parts of the roof. Sometimes chimneys or vents have broken seams around their edges where they weren’t sealed properly. Issues that start at the seams and bases of chimneys and vents can even damage the surrounding shingles. It is important to get these structures inspected and repaired to ensure that they’re functioning and not causing additional damage to other parts of your roof.

So, when it comes to your roof, remember that there are many situations that could lead to necessary repairs. Be sure to inspect your roof regularly, especially after storms or other weather conditions that could lead to damage and issues. If you aren’t sure whether your roof needs repairs or not, don’t hesitate to call a roofing business. Take care of your roof today so that your home is taken care of tomorrow and every day after that!

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