You don’t give the roof on your home much thought, until the day it leaks. Then all of a sudden it gets all of your attention! Your roof keeps the elements out and insulates you, helping to keep your family warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Instead of waiting until you have a leak, it’s a good idea to put a little bit of thought into your roof from time to time to ensure there are no problems.
We’ve put together a list of the top 5 roof problems you should keep your eye on.
1. Major Leaks
This is an obvious one. If your roof has a leak, there’s a good chance you’ll see it right away. Any wet spots on your ceiling need to be dealt with quickly, because they will only get worse over time. Letting a roof leak go unrepaired can turn a small roofing repair into a huge drywall and ceiling replacement, which can even damage the contents of your home.
2. Minor Leaks
These are more difficult to spot. A small leak in your roof may go undetected at first, especially if the water seeps in slowly and doesn’t pool on your ceiling or floors. One sign of a minor leak is the presence of increased humidity, discoloration on your ceiling or walls, or moisture and mold problems. The best way to detect minor leaks is to have an expert inspect your home.
3. Physical Damage
Some damage to your roof is obvious. Missing shingles or tiles, punctures from branches or debris, sagging or warped sections of your roof, and fascia or soffit damage are all types of damage that indicate a problem with your roof. As soon as you detect any of these, it’s important to react, because left unrepaired they can all become worse and result in major roofing repairs.
4. Water Pooling or Improper Flow
Roofs on some older homes may not have been designed to properly protect your home or encourage water to flow properly. This is often the case when repairs or additions have been made to the home. Water that pools in certain areas or doesn’t flow properly down the roof and into the gutters will eventually find its way into your home.
5. Old, Inefficient Roofing Material and Design
The roofs on many older homes may have been adequate when they were built but are showing their age today. Even if there are no leaks or major damage, an older roof won’t protect your home against the elements as well as a modern roof with more resistant materials and installation techniques. A new roof will also help insulate better, providing savings on heating and cooling.
From obvious water leaks to inefficiencies that are harder to detect, it is useful to put some thought into your roof. Our expert team at Garner Roofing would be happy to come and inspect your roof, and offer you a no-obligation quote for repair or roof replacement. Contact us today, and we’ll help you ensure your roof is doing its job, keeping your home dry and comfortable.