When deciding the type of a roof, or roofing material to use when constructing a house, homeowners usually consider numerous factors such as cost, durability, energy efficiency and the aesthetics among numerous others. Different roof types will demand repair at varying times, depending on their durability or how they respond to the various adverse effects of environmental elements. Nevertheless, irrespective of the durability or aesthetics of the roofing material, every roof demands repair every once in a while, and every property owner must be on the lookout to establish the right time to do so.
Signs that your roof need repair
While some of these signs will be screaming at your face, you need to be a little more watchful to notice others.
1. Damaged shingles
If your shingles have started to curl either inside or outside, it is a sign that your roof is wearing out, and that repair is imperative. Property owners are advised to be proactive and regularly inspect their shingles because in worst case scenarios, they might have to deal with missing shingles. Unfortunately, damaged shingles can interfere with the structural integrity of the roof. The roof should be inspected immediately after a storm because that is when this problem is more probable. You only need to give your roof a quick look occasionally to make sure that everything is okay.
Holes are among the most expensive roofing problems that home and property owners usually face. The least that you should be doing is to be wary of water dripping from the ceiling. Thorough checks entail inspecting the areas closest to the roof such as the attic and other spaces existing between your roof and the top floor of your property. Although it is a demanding task, it should be done often. Do not underestimate the harmful effects of even the smallest leaks. Apart from the possible water damage, wind blowing through the ceiling is potentially dangerous.
3. Energy inefficiency
A good roof must promote energy efficiency. If your heating and air conditioning costs have suddenly increased, without any apparent reason, you might be looking at a possible roof problem. Most probably, cool or warm air is leaking out through the roof. If the insulation of the building saturates with water leaking through the ceiling, its thermal efficiency is likely to reduce. As a result, more energy will be required to heat and cool the facility, and in turn, leading to increasingly higher utility costs. After addressing this problem, you should expect to witness a reduction in the utility costs.
At times, these signs pass unnoticed. It does not always mean that your roof is all healthy, especially if it is more than 20 years old. Always schedule an inspection to evaluate the condition of your roof thoroughly.